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Jordi Lippe-McGraw
May 09, 2016

There are a lot of reasons to check out Chicago this summer. Arguably chief among them is the city's dedication to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. For those who have internalized Ferris's love of life (see also: sweater vests), Chicago is celebrating the film by offering a slew of Bueller-themed activities.

The Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago is hosting a summer-long celebration where, beginning May 19, guests and Ferris fans will be able to relive one of the most memorable scenes. You’ll be able to stand 1,353 feet up on The Ledge in the exact spot where Ferris stood and have picture taken with representations of Sloane and Cameron. Visitors can also take a picture alongside a Ferrari California T on the Tower’s outdoor Plaza July 21–23 for a chance to feel like Ferris and friends on their joyride through Chicago.

And who could forget the Sausage King of Chicago food cart from the film? To honor that meaty history Chicago’s favorite Hubby’s Dog House Sausage cart will be transformed into the Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago Food cart serving the finest Abe Froman brats and other lunchtime treats outside Willis Tower. The truck will periodically make its home on Wacker Drive every other Friday beginning May 20 and running through August 26.

Even hotels are getting in the spirit. The historic Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel are offering a “Bueller's Chicago” package made to recreate the ultimate hooky day. Along with complimentary breakfast buffet for two, you’ll get two passes to the Art Institute of Chicago, a Ferris Bueller-inspired infographic and bucket list to recreate his day in Chicago, a Ferris Bueller Spotify Playlist, and a dinner reservation at Lockwood Restaurant under the name Abe Froman, The Sausage King of Chicago.

Hotel Lincoln, too, is offering a "Save Ferris" package, which includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Art Institute, two tickets to the Skydeck at Willis Tower, a pair of tickets to a Cubs game, and a copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off on Blu-ray.

Virgin Hotels Chicago doesn’t have an overnight package, but they’re celebrating by recreating Ferris’ bedroom during Ferris Fest, taking place May 20-22. The festival will feature special screenings of the movie, a filming locations bus tour and a planned restaging of the "Twist and Shout" parade that Sunday.

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