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Historical Photos | September 24, 2018

Cast of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" 1986.

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When three Chicago-area '80s teenagers decide to skip school for a day, where do they go? Why, the Art Institute of Chicago, of course. Ok, so this scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is fairly unlikely, but it made for good watching. The stylish juvenile delinquents in this shot are Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and Ferris himself (Matthew Broderick). The museum scene is just one stop in a whirlwind tour around Chicago that includes the Mercantile Exchange, Sears Tower and Wrigley Field. And what's up with that parade, with the dancers in their dirndls backing Ferris on "Danke Schone" and "Twist and Shout"? Well, it's supposed to be the von Steuben Day parade, a celebration of German-American culture. It's a real parade, but it takes place in late September, which doesn't fit with the movie's setting, which is likely the springtime. Remember, we learn from principal Rooney that Ferris is trying to coast through the semester to graduation, but has already been absent how many times? Nine times. Nine times? Nine times.

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Josh Robertson is a freelance writer who lives in the past -- and likes it there. He's a former Playboy and Yahoo! Internet Life editor and current social media whiz/hack. He prefers Martin Denny to Herb Alpert, still reads his Kurtzman-era Mad magazines, thinks margarita mix is an abomination and believes Lazenby was the second-best Bond, deal with it.