Uncle Buck

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  • (0:05)  The Bar / Emmits Irish Pub; 495 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:10)  Uncle Buck's Apartment Building / 3708 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:14)  Buck At The Wrong House / 2609 Lincoln Street, Evanston

  • (0:15)  The Russell Residence / 2602 Lincoln Street, Evanston

  • (0:24)  Buck's Car Backfiring At The High School / New Trier West High School; 7 Happ Road, Northfield

  • (0:26)  Garage / Firestone Auto Care; 8801 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

  • (0:43)  The Bowling Alley / Palace Bowl; 5242 W. 25th Street, Cicero (Note: This Has Since Been Torn Down. Also There Are Rumors That This Was The Old Windy City Lanes But The Exterior Is The Palace Bowl)

  • (0:51)  Stone Building In A Forest Preserve / Dam #1 Woods Forest Preserve West; Just East Of The Des Plaines River Straight East Of E. Hintz Road, Wheeling (The Road Buck Drives Up To The Building Is Entered From Dundee Road.) (Note: The Building Has Been Remodeled Since The Movie Due To A Fire)

  • (0:56)  Buck Visiting The Elementary School / Romona School; 600 Romona Road, Wilmette

  • (1:18)  The Party House / 2224 Crabtree Lane, Northbrook

  • (1:21)  Tia Walking Home Being Followed By Buck / Chase Bank; 791 Elm Street, Winnetka


  1. Love it! Did you not get photos of inside the school? I couldn't be that close without checking the principal's office too

  2. Very interesting to compare the locations between then and now. Amazing how little has changed in 24 years.

  3. Love it and this movie.

  4. I miss John Candy too. What a great actor!

  5. Although I have seen this movie many times, it is a tradition within my family to see it on Thanksgiving Day... I live about 1 1//2 hours from Chicago and we decided to take a trip to Wisconsin on highway 41....We somehow took a wrong turn (not hard to do in the Chicago land) and by chance went by the Home Alone House. When I got home and did some search I was surprised how close these two houses and locations are to Home Alone and Unlce Buck....its worth taking the trip to find these locations and that area is just beautiful!!!!! Will need to go back to find the rest of the locations. Thanks for the help.... I too also miss John Candy....he was great in everything he did....he made me laugh....

  6. I used to work there in my high school days but when the movie was filmed I was a U.S Paratrooper serving overseas john candy was one of my favorite actors I lived two blocks from bowling alley on 25th. and Laramie also three brothers owned palace bowl palace manor and a lot of property palace regency on cermak ed Charlie and chuck matt owned them a couple brothers where in the movie uncle buck.

  7. on IMDB it says some of Uncle buck was filmed in Riverwoods. Do you happen to know what scene was filmed there?

  8. What a tradgedy to lose the bowling alley to the wrecking ball.something like that cant ever be rrplaced.

  9. The interiors at Romona School are all genuine. I attended from 1965-1971 and the cafeteria, principal's office, and admin office waiting areas are the real deal, as are the hallways and boys bathroom, though back in my day, we didn't have doors on the stalls.

    The NTW exteriors take me back, too. Buck drops Tia at the main entrance on Happ Rd. On the left is the SM (science and math) building, and straight back is the LA (library and administration) building. To the right is the MD (music and drama) building.

    I was shocked to see the same floor tile at Romona, since I attended through 1971, and the film was shot in the 80's. I have noted that John Hughes used lots of genuine North Shore locations in his films.