There have been a lot of great movies filmed in Illinois. It is one of the perks of living here as opposed to say North Dakota. They get Fargo and that's about it. Illinois on the other hand has classics like Sixteen Candles, Blues Brothers, The Breakfast Club, and Home Alone. One of the best has to be Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I saw this movie for the first time on a VHS that was rented from Blockbuster. I think I watched it 5 times over the weekend. It was the first movie I ever saw that broke the fourth wall.

I was hooked and it started my obsession with movies that didn't follow the rules.

You can break the fourth wall all over again with Matthew Broderick this weekend at the McHenry drive-in where they're going retro over the holiday weekend.

Here's what else is playing at drive-ins around the stateline area.

McHenry Drive-In - McHenry, IL

Like I said, they'll be kicking things off with the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

And then follow it up with another blast from the past Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's not my favorite Indiana Jones movie, that would be Temple of Doom, but they do kill a bunch of Nazis so that's pretty cool.

Sky-Vu Drive-In - Monroe, WI 


RT. 34 Drive-In - Mendota, IL

The Sky-vu in Monroe and the Rt. 34 drive-in in Mendota will be sticking with current movies when they start with the newest Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Have not heard much about this one but Marvel doesn't make many bad movies and this one looks great.

And then will follow that up with the summer drive-in staple, Jungle Cruise. That movie has been playing at at least 2 drive-ins in the area every week since it was released a month ago.

Midway Drive-in - Sterling, IL

The Midway will be playing the same two movies as Sky-vu, Shang-Chi and The Jungle Cruise, just in reverse order with Jungle Cruise being played first in case that's the movie your kids want to see and will fall asleep if they stay up too late.

Highway 18 Drive-in - Jefferson, WI

Highway 18 will be doing a special Labor Day weekend triple feature, with two movies I have never heard of. The first that I don't know will be Sesame Street's Follow That Bird. This was released in 1985. I have no clue why I never saw this as a kid. I was 6 when it came out. I loved Sesame Street and Big Bird, it should have been right up my alley. I blame my parents for this one.

The middle feature will be the classic Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton vehicle Twister. That would be cool to watch in the middle of a corn field.

THEN the night cap is another movie I've never heard of, Them. It appears to be a really bad horror movie from the 50s, AKA the perfect drive-in movie. It looks horrible.

The weather over Labor Day weekend looks to be beeeeeuuuuutiful, so gather up the family and enjoy a drive-in.

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