• Events,  Exhibits,  Theme Party,  TV

    Saved by the Max

    LOCATION Saved by the Max, a “Saved by the Bell”-themed restaurant based on the classic Max diner from the beloved 90s teen sitcom! ORIGINAL CHICAGO ADDRESS 1941 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60622 CURRENT LOS ANGELES ADDRESS 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA savedbythemax.com STORY & PHOTOS I visited Saved by the Max on a September 2016 visit to Chicago, but I didn’t realize until the creators were about to open their new Los Angeles location that I never wrote about the original! So here it is, my experience at a supremely “Saved by the Bell”-themed restaurant. (And, yes, I was a total dork and wore a “Saved by…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    The McCallister House from “Home Alone”

    LOCATION The McCallister family home from “Home Alone”, which Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) defended from bungling burglars Marv (Daniel Stern) and Harry (Joe Pesci). ADDRESS 671 Lincoln Avenue Winnetka, IL Note: this is a private home. It’s okay to take photos from the street, but make sure not to trespass or disturb the residents! STORY & PHOTOS “Home Alone” is one of my favorite movies of all time, and definitely my favorite Christmas movie. So when I was in Chicago I made it my mission to track down the house where Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) and his family lived in the 1990 classic. I grabbed the address from iMDB and…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Chicago’s Navy Pier from “Never Been Kissed”

    LOCATION The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago, where Josie (Drew Barrymore) and Mr. Coulson (Michael Vartan) shared a sweet moment in “Never Been Kissed”. ADDRESS Navy Pier 600 E Grand Avenue Chicago, IL navypier.com STORY & PHOTOS Whose heart didn’t skip a beat when dreamy teacher Sam Coulson stepped in to ride the Ferris wheel with outcast student Josie Geller so she wouldn’t have to ride alone in “Never Been Kissed”? That romantic scene took place at Chicago’s Navy Pier, a beautiful and fun spot with a huge 150-foot ferris wheel. (To be clear, the environment was used to set up the Senior Nite scene, but the actual…