Curly Sue

Thank You To Richard Poemape For Finding The Child Welfare Center Building, The Church And The Pawn Shop Locations

  • (0:04)  Grey Ellison's Office Building / Leo Burnett Building; 35 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago

  • (0:06)  Fancy Restaurant / 23 E. Madison Street, Chicago

  • (0:10)  Parking Garage Where The Fake Grey Running Into Bill Dancer / 181 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago (Note: The Parking Garage Has Been Been Torn Down And Replaced With A New One)

  • (0:11)  Rocky Fellers House Of Beef / Used To Be Located At 18 W. Randolph Street, Chicago (Note: This Building Has Been Totally Remodeled. The Only Way I Knew It Was Correct Is Because Of The Clock Above The Door)

  • (0:17)  The Church / Holy Bethel Church; 1960 W. Adams Street, Chicago

  • (0:18)  Pawn Shop / 1658 W. Madison Street, Chicago (Note: The Building Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:46)  Exterior Of Grey's Townhouse / 399 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago

  • (0:57)  Bill Standing Outside At The Ready Help Looking For Work / 413 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (Note: The Exact Building His Since Been Torn Down But The Others Around It Are Still Standing)

  • (0:59)  Grey Goes Shopping To Get Clothes For Curly Sue And Bill / Marshall Field; 111 N. State Street, Chicago (Note: This Is Now Macy's)

  • (1:10)  Knickerbocker Hotel / 163 E. Walton Place, Chicago

  • (1:29)  Helen Carter Mathews Child Welfare Center / 220 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago

  • (1:36)  Curly Sue's New School / Haven Middle School; 2417 Prairie Avenue, Evanston


  1. From what I can find, it looks like the pawn shop used to be located at 1656 West Madison St in Chicago. I figured out that it was Chicago Pawners & Jewelers. When I googled them, their official website said they originally opened at Madison & Paulina. After going down the street in google's street view, I believe I found where it used to be located. However the entire block has been torn down and there is a parking lot there now. If you look at the sign on the front, it says 1656. That's obviously the address, as the food mart next door says 1660-52. Plus the pole says that there is a bus stop there, which there also is at Madison & Paulina.

  2. Darn.. you didnt have any shots from The Music Box scene. I was outside watching that for I live right around the corner.

    1. I didn’t see your post about The Music Box until I had already published mine. Sorry.

  3. The theater where they go to the movie is, “The Music Box” 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago.
    I lived just around the corner on 3744 Greenview when I was a kid and attended Blaine Elementary School and later Lake View High School.

  4. I found the location where Alison Porter and Jim Belushi come up the elevator in the beginning of the movie. I also took some pictures of the location if anyone is interested in adding them to the site.

  5. The building used for Rocky Fellers House Of Beef was the infamous Ronny's Steak Palace. Researched it tonight and found out the actual address used to be 16 W. Randolph (not 18 as noted above). Only went there a few times when I lived in the city but it was certainly as memorable as the movie made it out to be. It was open 24 hours and sold cheap steaks and other great meals.