The Blues Brothers

Thank You To My Friend Danny Schnolis From They Broke My Watch Website For Providing Me With The Address Of The Orphanage And The Curl Up And Dye Location Plus He Told The World About Many Other Locations!!

Another Website Dedicated To The Blues Brothers Is Called (Blues Brothers Central) This Site Has A Lot Of Good Info Including Behind The Scenes Info, Filming Locations And Their Own Webboard. Thanks For the Highway Exit Location.
 Check It Out Here... Blues Brothers Central

  • (0:00)  Opening Credits Showing The Smokestacks / Gary Works; Gary, Indiana

  • (0:01)  The Prison / Joliet Correctional Center; 1125 Collins Street, Joliet

  • (0:09)  The Bridge They Jump / E. 95th Street Bridge; Chicago (Note: This Is A Block East Of S. Chicago Avenue)

  • (0:10)  The Entry To The Orphanage / 18th Street At Normal Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:17)  The Church / Pilgrim Baptist Church; 3235 E. 91st Street, Chicago

  • (0:25)  Running The Red Light / S. Cumberland Avenue And W. Talcott Road, Park Ridge

  • (0:25)  The Light Was Yellow Sir Pullover Location / 729 S. Cumberland Avenue, Park Ridge (Note: The Side Of The House Shown In The Movie Was On Gillick Street)

  • (0:27)  The Intersection Where The Chase Begins As They Make The Left Hand Turn / They Are On Glenlake Avenue Turning Left Or North On Courtland Avenue, Park Ridge

  • (0:27)  The Crazy Intersection / W. Talcott Road, Courtland Avenue And Devon Avenue, Park Ridge

  • (0:28)  The Mall / The Old Dixie Square Mall; 15201 S. Dixie Highway, Harvey (Note: The Mall Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:32)  Driving Downtown Chicago / State Street And W. Randolph Street, Chicago

  • (0:32)  Elwood Parking The Bluesmobile / Behind 315 S. Plymouth Court And Behind 314 S. State Street, Chicago (Note: This Alley Is Still There But The Small Building Where He Parks the Car Is Long Gone. The Entrance He Used Was Just South Of The Parking Garage At 331 S. Plymouth Court But The Building To The Right In The Screen Shot Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:34)  Elwood's Apartment Next To The El Tracks / The Old Plymouth Hotel; 22 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago (Note: This Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:44)  Mrs. Tarantino's House / 1623 S. 51st Court, Cicero (Note: This Is A One Way Street But In The Movie The Traffic Is Going The Opposite Direction)

  • (0:46)  The Holiday Inn / Quality Inn; 3801 Mannheim Road, Schiller Park

  • (0:49)  The Chez Paul Restaurant / 660 N. Rush Street, Chicago

  • (0:55)  The Nazi Bridge / Jackson Park; South Of The Museum Of Science And Industry; Where Columbia Drive And Science Drive Meet Just Off Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

  • (0:57)  Soul Food Cafe / 807 W. Maxwell Street, Chicago (Note: The Whole Block Has Since Been Torn Down And Is Now Part Of The University Of Illinois Chicago Campus)

  • (1:06)  Curl Up And Die Salon / 8500 S. Burley Avenue, Chicago

  • (1:07)  Ray's Music Exchange / 300 E. 47th Street, Chicago

  • (1:12)  Howard Johnson's / Near The Tollway, Des Plaines (Note: This Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (1:15)  Wrigley Field / 1060 W. Addison Street, Chicago

  • (1:16)  Bob's Country Bunker / Universal Studios Backlot; Universal City, California (Note: This Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (1:29)  The Blues Brothers Being Chased By The Good Ole Boys / Griffith Park; Griffith Park Drive, Los Angeles, California (Note: The Exact Spot Is Just Under A Half Mile From Crystal Spring Drive. The First Screen Shot Is Looking North. The Fake Billboard That The Officers Were Parked Behind Was On The West Side Of The Road Right Next To A Parking And Picnic Area)

  • (1:33)  Stealing The Speaker From The Playground / Oscar Mayer School; 2250 N. Clifton Street, Chicago (Note: The Tower Has Since Been Taken Down)

  • (1:32)  Curtis Handing Out Flyers To The Orphans To Hang Around Town / 116 N. Main Street, Wauconda (Note: The Camera Is Looking South. The Building With The Slanted Roof Way In The Background On The Left Is Wauconda Paint And Glass At 104 S. Main Street And The Building With the Balcony To The Left Of The White Van Is Middleton's On Main)

  • (1:33)  The Blues Brothers Putting The Word In The Streets / 127 N. Main Street, Wauconda (Note: The Culligan Building Is The Address I Used But That Business Is Now Slyce Pizza. The View Is Looking South Toward The Water Tower)

  • (1:33)  The Blues Brothers Driving On A Beach / Phil's Beach Bangs Lake; 336 N. Main Street, Wauconda (Note: This Took Place On The West Side Of The Lake And Is A Private Beach)

  • (1:36)  Lloyds Gas Station / S. Neltnor Blvd And Garys Mill Road, West Chicago

  • (1:43)  Sneaking Into The Palace Hotel Ballroom / South Shore Cultural Center; 7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago (Note: The Interior Was Filmed At The Hollywood Palideum In Los Angeles)

  • (2:00)  The Blues Brothers Escaping From The Tunnel / Still Searching For This Location

  • (2:02)  The Motel Where The Girl Waits For Elwood / West Wind Motel; 28W721 Roosevelt Road, West Chicago

  • (2:01)  The Good Ole Boys Exiting The Highway At A High Rate Of Speed / 7751 W. Higgins Road, Chicago (Note: They Were Exiting The Westbound Kennedy Expressway On The Canfield Exit)

  • (2:01)  The Winnebago Crashing Into The Lake / Universal Studios Backlot; Universal City

  • (2:03)  Police Car Pileup On The Highway / U.S. 12 And Illinois 176 Intersection, Wauconda

  • (2:04)  We're In A Truck / U.S. 12/Rand Road Just South Of The Barrington Road Overpass, Wauconda (Note: They Are Going North And This Is About A Half Mile South Of The Previous Scene)

  • (2:04)  The Police On Horses / N. Franklin Street And Couch Place, Chicago (Note: The Camera Is Looking North With The Merchandise Mart Seen In The Background)

  • (2:04)  The Blues Brothers Breaking Through The Road Block / E. 23rd Street Bridge, Chicago (Note: This Bridge Is No Longer There As It Is Now Part Of The New McCormick Place Complex)

  • (2:05)  Entering Lower Wacker Drive / South Entrance To Lower Wacker Drive (Note: Wacker Drive Has Changed A Lot Since Filming Of The Movie)

  • (2:06)  Exiting Wacker Drive And Jumping The Police Car / Lower Wacker Drive And Monroe Street, Chicago (Note: The Blues Mobile Is Heading South For The Jump)

  • (2:06)  The Bluesmobile Zooming Down The Street / S. Wells Street And W. Arcade Place, Chicago (Note: They Are Traveling South)

  • (2:07)  Driving Real Fast Onto A Bridge And Almost Hitting A Delivery Truck On The Other Side / Wells Street, Bridge, Chicago (Note: They Are Going South)

  • (2:07)  Almost Hitting The People On Bicycles / N. Wells Street And W. Washington Street, Chicago

  • (2:08)  Police Car Pileup / W. Lake Street And N. Lasalle Street, Chicago

  • (2:08)  Where The Nazi's Enter The Chase / 915 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago (Note: They Turn Right And Go East On Jackson Toward Peoria Street)

  • (2:08)  Turning Right Into An Alley / 855 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago (Note: This Alley Is Between S. Peoria Street And S. Green Street)

  • (2:08)  Exiting The Alley / 860 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago (Note: They Turn Right And Go West Toward Peoria Street)

  • (2:10)  Running Out Of Road / Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • (2:11)  The Nazi's Falling Into The Hole / Universal Studios Backlot, Universal City

  • (2:11)  Entering Daley Plaza / N. Dearborn Street And W. Washington Street, Chicago

  • (2:11)  Crashing Into The Daley Center / 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago

  • (2:11)  Entering The Assessors Building / 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago


  1. Nicely done!!!!
    A great, modern day sequential tour!!!

    -Blueblood, BB Central

  2. Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU! I love this movie and have probably seen it over 100 times. Seeing these sites like this is a real treat for any and all fans of this gem!!! Thanks again!

  3. great compilation....seen this movie 28 times at the original chicago theatre, several double n triple features at a time...also was on the corner of dearborn and washington on day of filming siege of city hall

  4. A little background information... Chicago PD was able to unload most, if not all their old police cars for the movie. They were in the process of buying new squad cars, so the timing was good. They weren't supposed to destroy the mall. It was set to close in 6 months to a year and some stores were still operating. Destroying the mall wasn't part of the plan because the remaining stores had to shut down for repairs.

    1. This is absolutely not true. The mall was closed. There'd been murders in a bathroom in 2 successive weeks. There were no stores operating. It was closed, without power, a/c or a soul inside. I remember looking through the boarded up windows with the Production Designer, John Lloyd. We paid Harvey to do what we wanted to the mall. We put in electric, hung lights, ran A/C, had a 2nd set dec to populate the store windows. It wasn't 'set to close'. It was closed. There were no stores still operating. No 'remaining stores', no 'shutting down for repairs'.

  5. Thank you for the memories! I lived in Schiller Park and Park Ridge and have been to almost all the places in the photos. Missed the South Side motel, but not much else. I moved from Park Ridge to Houston the summer the movie was being filmed. When I saw it in Houston, I felt like I was back home! Great photographic recap of the movie, which is one of my favorites!


  7. very very very thanks.

    1. The tunnel scene is by the lincoln Park zoo Chicago!

    2. Actually the tunnel was a replica of the old Chicago train tunnels.

  8. This was great thank you! I live on Bang's Lake in Wauconda. It is cool to see Main St. In one of my favorite movies.

  9. The Palace Hotel Ballroom / South Shore Country Club.

    It is now the South Shore Cultural Center. Correct address is 7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago. Not S Lake Shore Dr.

    1. Thank you for the info and for pointing out my mistake. It has now been corrected.

  10. I lived about a mile from the fake gas station that they blew up. We received no warning, so one night there was a huge explosion and I thought my furnace had blown up. The next morning I drove down Rt. 59 and there was a burned-out gas station where no station had been before. The explosion blew windows out of the church across the street.

    1. I was 9 years old and lived about a mile north of the fake gas station (now, 40 years later, I'm a mile south of it ) and I remember when they built it and blew it up. Never heard why that scene wasn't used.

    2. Have the character Lloyd, and the gas tank trucker left before the explosion in the movie?

  11. There is also a brief scene shot in Long Grove during the times of Wauconda shots. Very hard to tell. From the four corners, the camera is on the bridge side with the car driving towards it.

  12. There was a Curl Up and Dye on N Clark Street. I always assumed that was the one they filmed it at.

    1. Yes, I remember it near Diversey back in the '80s.


    I love sites like this. One of my fav things to do is watch classic movies like BB and go and find the scenes as they look today on Google Earth.

    While I generally enjoy the fun of the hunt, sometimes, things have changed so much that you just cannot do it with Google Earth alone.

    To that end, I am looking for the scene where Jake and Elwood exit LWD, jump the police car, and then go back to Lower Wacker Drive. Right there, there is a sign that says "200 South Wacker". But 200 is is near the ENTRANCE to LWD. So, some editing must have taken place???

    Where is this place where they jump the police car, then go back down a ramp to underground, between two upper lanes?

    Does it still exist?

    1. I'm pretty sure I found it. It's at the intersection of Wacker and Monroe. But there's no Google Street View for it. Grrrrr.

  14. So, while I'm here, can anyone tell me what Chicago building this is?

    1. Tribune building. Looking E on Hubbard from LaSalle.

  15. Uno de los mejores musicales de la historia.

  16. Brilliant work! If I ever go to Chicago I'll use this site!

  17. Thanks for the fantastic work that was done to create this site ! Any B.B. fan should study this page like preparation for a final exam ! I'm absolutely amazed !

    I do have a question that I've been trying to find the answer to for years . It's regarding the scene in which Curtis , Jake and Elwood indulge in a drink . My question ..... was this an actual boiler room or a production set ? If real , where ? Kudos to the production team if this is a set !

    I've been in the building maintenance field for 20+ years and would assume this is an actual boiler/maintenance room , judging by the boiler and asbestos pipe insulation !

    Thanks in advance for any answers to this !

  18. We're in a truck was actually Rte 53 between Dundee Rd overpass (pictured in scene) and where it ended ar the time, Old Hicks Rd. Later extended to Lake-Cook Rd

    1. Correction - above description is of the scene where they actually crash into the truck

    2. This is correct. The truck jump took place around the Dundee Road overpass (over Rt. 53) in Arlington Heights.

  19. We watched them build the gas station set on Rt. 59 and thought it was going to be an actual little gas station. We heard it was going to be a set for the movie so we went on Friday night to watch. They didn't shoot anything that night, were going to shoot the gas station blowing up on Sat. night but I couldn't go back to watch. My buddy did and saw the whole thing, listened to the fire department on his handy talkie. The power lines crossing 59 caught fire too but they put it out quickly he said. Also, they were prepared for the church windows across 59 being blown out and their crew had them replaced in time for Sunday morning services.
    Tom Whittle

  20. the beach that they used in wauconda will be opening again in a year or 2 after many years of being closed. the big j slide that was in the movie is still on the property although they aren't sure if it will be kept for history sake or dismantled.

  21. If you're still looking for the location of the tunnel, I found this online:

    "The secret underground entrance where the Blues brothers sneak into (and later escape from) the theater was a tunnel off Cannon Drive under West La Salle Drive in Lincoln Park in Chicago, which has since been replaced.

    GPS Coordinates:

  22. This is really great to see. Being from Chicago, Blues Brothers is in my blood. I went to law school in Chicago right where Elwood's SRO was. I will have to dig up some of the pics I have of these locations. As a side note, my Father-In-Law was an ISP trooper. The car that jumped into the truck was his former "take home" squad car!

  23. The bridge jumping scene was filmed at Hoan bridge in Milwaukee. (It wasn't finished at that time.)

  24. I remember all of the smashed up squad cars from the chase through Chicago all ended up sitting under the Stevenson expressway and Western ave for years after the movie. It was a big Pyle of cars the city must have used spare parts until the newer model mid 80's 4 door squads were introduced. After sitting under the Stevenson interstate for nearly a decade the city finally junked them.

  25. id love to see the tunnel where they hid out and richard j daley plaza

  26. I used to work in South Chicago and drive over the 95th Street bridge every day. Gotta stop off at Calumet Fisheries!

  27. Do we have any updates on the missing location?

  28. Was the jail at the very end cook county jail???

  29. Hi BB fans. I’m a big lifelong fan in London, England.
    I’m heading over to Chicago 15-17th October 2019 for the sole purpose of a complete Blues Brother location tour. Gonna photograph everything in as much detail as possible. If anyone has any requests or locations that you want photographed then drop me an email at:

    Much Love

  30. My husband and I were married at 118 N. Clark St. Being Cook County residents, we could have been married anywhere in the county, but as BB fans we just had to go downtown.