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Friday March 5th 2021

Class | 1983

Class filming location: Water Tower Place, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Class filming location: fun in the elevator: Water Tower Place, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Student Jonathan (Andrew McCarthy) enjoys a fling with an older woman who turns out to be the mum of his college roommate, Skip (Rob Lowe).

The movie was made in Chicago, where the prestigious ‘Vernon Academy' is Northwestern University, North Sheridan Road in Evanston, north of the city.

Class filming location: Mother's, 26 West Division Street, Chicago
Class filming location: the Chicago bar: Mother’s, 26 West Division Street, Chicago

‘Free And Easy’, the singles bar to which the more experienced Skip helpfully points Jonathan, is Mother’s, now the Original Mother’s, 26 West Division Street. Three years later, Rob Lowe was to star in About Last Night, which heavily features Mother’s. Oddly, for the later film, not only was the bar recreated in the studio, a nearby club supplied the exterior.

The film’s most famous sequence sees Jonathan and Ellen (Jacqueline Bisset) choosing between going up or – erm – going down in a glass elevator at Chicago’s marble and chrome Water Tower Place, a twelve-story vertical shopping mall and office complex at the base of a 62-story condominium tower at 835 North Michigan Avenue between Chestnut, Seneca and Pearson Streets in the Magnificent Mile district.