The Lake House

Thank You To Nadine And To Michael From The Filminglocs Website For Finding Kate's Mother's House

  • (0:02)  The House On The Lake / Maple Lake; 9500 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs (Note: The House Stood On The East End Of The Lake Just A Tad To The South Or Left Of The Fishing Pier. But It Was Just Built For The Movie And Later Torn Down. The Entrance To Where The House Stood Is On W. 95th Street Just West Of  Willow Springs Road)
    You Can Read More About This House At The Hooked On Houses Website By Clicking This Link

  • (0:09)  Kate Forster And Her Mother Sitting And Having Lunch Then Witness A Man Getting Hit By A Car / Daley Plaza; 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago

  • (0:15)  Henry Wyler In The Lobby Of A Building And Then Spotting His Brother Outside While Their Dad Blows Him Off / Roosevelt University; 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:16)  Alex And Henry Drinking At The Green Mill Lounge / 4802 N. Broadway Street, Chicago

  • (0:17)  The Construction Site Of Kate's Apartment Building / Southeast Corner Of N. Halsted Street And W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:26)  Alex Sitting On The Dirt Of A Softball Field / Grant Park Softball Field #16; Southwest Corner Of Lake Shore Drive And E. Balbo Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:27)  Kate Looking At One Of The Buildings On Her Map Tour / 1320 N. State Parkway, Chicago

  • (0:27)  A Row Of Houses On Her Tour / 49 E. Division Street, Chicago

  • (0:27)  A Unique Looking House On Her Tour / 1325 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago

  • (0:27)  Another House On The Tour / 1241 N. State Parkway, Chicago (Note: The House Has Since Been Torn Down)

  • (0:27)  Kate Walking Next To Some El Tracks And Sees A Message On A Wall / 4635 W. Lake Street, Chicago (Note: She Is Walking West And The Message Is No Longer On The Wall)

  • (0:32)  Kate's Apartment Building / 1000 W. Adams Street, Chicago

  • (0:33)  Kate's Mother's House / 308 Blackstone Avenue, Willow Springs

  • (0:37)  Kate Waiting For A Train / Quincy Purple Line Station; 220 S. Wells Street, Chicago

  • (0:38)  The Train Station Where Alex Sees Kate And Gets The Book She Left Behind / 90 Bloomingbank Road, Riverside

  • (0:41)  The Fancy Restaurant With The Skaters Next Door / The Park Grill; 11 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago (Note: The Skating Takes Place In Millennium Park Just West Of The Restaurant. This Is The Same Place The First Scheduled 2006 Meeting Was To Take Place)

  • (0:44)  Alex Chasing Jack The Dog Over A Bridge / Millbridge Road, Riverside (Note: The Bridge Crosses The Des Plaines River Between 39th Street And Fairbank Road)

  • (0:44)  The Chase Continues On A Foot Bridge / Riverside Road, Riverside (Note: They Come Out On Riverside Road After Running North Over The Foot Bridge)

  • (0:44)  Alex Finally Track Jack Down At A House Which Turns Out To Be Kate's House / 84 Riverside Road, Riverside

  • (0:46)  Kate Walking To The Cove Bar / Miller's Pub; 134 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago

  • (0:59)  Kate And Alex Sitting On Benches At Different Times With A Red Barn Behind Them / Lincoln Park Zoo; 2001 N. Clark Street, Chicago (Note: This Part Of The Zoo Is On The Far South Side Which Is Called The Farm-In-The-Zoo)

  • (1:20)  Alex Gives Morgan Jack The Dog And The Keys To The Lake House / East Avenue At Forest Avenue, Riverside

  • (1:20)  Alex Moving In With Harry / 407 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago

  • (1:32)  Harry's Office Building / Santa Fe Building; 224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago


  1. Harry's Office Building apparently was Chicago Architecture Foundatuion (ref wikipedia 'the lakehouse')

    1. It is indeed the Santa Fe Building, designed by Frederick P. Dinkelberg of D. H. Burnham & Company and built 1903-1904, 224 South Michigan Avenue at Jackson Boulevard. Daniel Burnham was the owner and maintained his architectural offices there on the 14th floor.

      The Chicago Architecture Foundation has its current offices in the Santa Fe Building and maintains a scale model of Chicago in the lobby which is updated annually:

      Wiki page for the Santa Fe Building:

      Google images page fo the Santa Fe Building:

  2. must had had a ton of fun tracking dow all of these are amazing!!! I wanted to find some of the location as I plan a trip to Chicago and I love this movie and fell in love with the city thanks to the movie! Thank you for your hard work!!!!

  3. Too bad about the lake house being torn down! Though really, it was hardly suited for the climate of Chicago! I lived in a house on a lake about that size, in Massachusetts, and it was so cold and raw in winter, without all that glass!

  4. The building at 0:27 is part of the medical school at Northwestern's downtown campus.

  5. The building that was used as Morgan's office in downtown Riverside has been torn down. It used to be Henninger Pharmacy, but had been vacant when the scene was shot. The entire building was torn down soon afterwards and a giant condo building stands there now. I was actually there for the filming of all of the scenes in Riverside. I watched the scene being filmed in the above screenshot along with the scene at the train station, the bridge scenes, and the scenes at Kate and Morgan's house.

    This is what the building that Morgan's office was in looks like now:

    1. Wish I knew about the movie then, so I could have been there to see the scenes being filmed in Riverside, too; live so close in Melrose Park, Il.. Would love to meet Sandra Bullock; she is such a National Treasure!

    2. The building where Morgan's office was (besides what I wrote above) was closer to the intersection of Longcommon Rd and E Burlington St. The intersection of Forest and East is close, but that downtown area of Riverside is weird how they have the streets meeting each other. So Longcommon and Burlington is more accurate.

  6. Im watching this movie now & seen that they filmed at the Riverside Metra station! So awesome I used to work in the cafe that was located inside there a year ago!

  7. Used to work on LaSalle Street and would go into Miller's Pub after work in the late 1960s. Then came back to live at State and Scott Street, those houses on State Parkway were my neighbors in 1995. Such great memories, I walked that walking tour for many years.

  8. just came from chicago and loved visiting all the locations of 'the lake house'. thank you so much!

  9. Your information is still inspiring walking the movie line! Thank you

  10. The old home..The Grandmother of all the others has been demolished. 1239 N. State Parkway is the address of the apartment building next door.

  11. interesting fact: if you go on google earth and set the historic images to 2005, you can still see the house on the lake, and several vehicles parked on the road nearby (probably the film crew), even what i think was alex's blue truck.

  12. This has got to be the best information on filming sites to a movie I've ever seen.... It's too bad all movies aren't handled this way. It's very appreciated.

  13. It's so sad that so many of the buildings (especially the house on the Lake) have since been demolished. I have watched this movie about 1000 times and it never gets old. I too wish I had known about the filming as I would have made the 3 1/2 hour drive so as to witness the filming in person. I'm not privileged to give out info, however a close friend was lucky enough to be in a couple scenes. Really cool! Sandra Bullock is my favorites actress of all time. Thank you so much for searching all this information and making it available