There’s no better time to play hooky than by celebrating the 30th (yes, we’re super old) anniversary of the 80s classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
You may even want to take a few days off – and book a flight to Chicago.
To mark the anniversary, the Windy City will host the three-day “Ferris Fest” from May 20-22, allowing fans to relive the nostalgia and happenings of Ferris Bueller’s event-filled day off from school.
The iconic John Hughes film showcases Chicago in all of its glory, as Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), his girlfriend, and his best friend ditch school in favour for a day on the town. It was first released on June 11, 1986.
Ferris Fest will offer a host of activities, including a live re-creation of the film’s “Twist and Shout” parade sequence, and a two-day, two-part bus tour of movie locations. This means the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Glenbrook North High School, and Cameron’s house in Highland, New York. The event will also include a special screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Saturday, May 21, which will include a Q&A with Ferris’ parents, played by Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward.
Full three-day festival tickets are $300 and include admission to the above tours and activities, access to meet-and-greets, an opening night party, admission to a replica of Ferris Bueller’s bedroom, and a t-shirt. The one-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $175.
When the cost of flights, accommodation, and dinner tabs in Chicago are taken into account, it doesn’t exactly make for a cheap weekend. At the very least, it could be good for some Instagram material and a new t-shirt to wear to bed.
If you were in Toronto last month, you could have also had the Bueller experience at Queen West’s Gladstone Hotel, which featured a replica of Bueller’s room as part of their annual Come Up To My Room design event.
See you in Chicago. Anyone? Bueller?