Celebrate All Things John Hughes At This Summer’s Shermer Club Festival in Chicago


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If you loved the ’80s, you’ll have another chance to pop your collar and break out your stone-washed jean jacket this summer when a celebration of all things John Hughes hits the Chicago suburbs.

The creators of last year’s Ferris Fest are at it again with an event they are calling The Shermer Club, in honor the fictional Shermer High, where many of the legendary writer/director’s characters attended school. The four-day fest is set to take place on June 22 to June 25 in and around Chicago, where Hughes filmed his classic movies back in the 1980s.

Among the planned festivities are screenings of “The Breakfast Club”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Weird Science”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, all taking place at the John & Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest.

Many of the stars that Hughes worked with in these movies will also be in attendance for fan Q&A sessions. Andrew McCarthy (“Pretty in Pink”), Lea Thompson (“Some Kind of Wonderful”), Craig Sheffer (“Some Kind of Wonderful”), Ilan Mitchell-Smith (“Weird Science”), Cindy Pickett (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) and John Kapelos, who appeared in “Sixteen Candles”, “Weird Science” and famously played the janitor in “The Breakfast Club”, will all be on hand.

In addition to the screenings and Q&As, there will be a multi-day bus tour of filming locations across the North Shore and Chicago, featuring the real-life schools that played Shermer High on the big screen. Along the way, fans will also be able to see some of the famous cars seen in Hughes’ movies, like Jake Ryan’s red 944 Porsche, Andie’s pink 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, and Cameron’s dad’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder.

The weekend will culminate with a a live reenactment of the wedding scene from “Sixteen Candles” at Glencoe Union Church, where the original scene was shot more than 30 years ago.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $300 for the full festival pass. For more info, or to get passes, visit theshermerclub.com.

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