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Ferris Fest Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Dorathy Gass

If you are a huge fan of the 1986 flick, starring Matthew Broderick, then you will want to be in and around the Chicago area from May 20th to 22nd, when Ferris Fest is set to place: a festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

For those who remember, the ever-popular movie follows Ferris Bueller, a charming, handsome, and resourceful high schooler who decides to ditch school: and he takes his ‘follow the rules’ best friend, and girlfriend along for the ride, as the trio embark on an adventure throughout the Windy City. The threesome visit Chicago landmarks, learn more about themselves and what the future may or may not hold, and participate in a city parade … through the infamous sequence within the movie, which was played out to the song ‘Twist and Shout’.

As part of the festival, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be presented at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Saturday May 21. The event will be hosted by Richard Roeper, film critic, and Ferris Fest goers will get an opportunity to have an interactive Q&A with Bueller’s parents, (Lynman Ward and Cindy Pickett), as well as the movie’s maître d’ at the French restaurant, Jonathan Schmock.

Other interesting events with Ferris Fest include the re-creation of the movie’s parade sequence (mentioned above), as well as a tour of filming locations including Bueller’s high school parking lot, Cameron’s house (Bueller’s BFF), an overlook of Lake Michigan, as well as other areas visited within the movie.

CNN reports three-day Ferris Fest tickets cost $300, and include: an opening night party, the movie presentation, the bus tour (plus Q&A session), a T-shirt, and admission to a reproduction of Ferris’ bedroom. Single-day (Saturday or Sunday) tickets are $175 each. Access to the opening night party taking place on Friday is $25.

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