Immersive film festival will celebrate the legacy of John Hughes

The fictional town of Shermer, Illinois will be brought to life this summer


You may not be able to find Shermer, Illinois, on a map, but the town where director John Hughes set some of his most beloved films will be a real place for at least four days this summer.

As the Chicago Reader reports, the folks behind last year’s Ferris Fest will follow up their 30th anniversary celebration of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with an immersive festival celebrating the entirety of Hughes’ oeuvre. This one isn’t your average film festival — The Shermer Club: A John Hughes Fest will feature film screenings with cast members, a luxury bus tour to filming locations, and, perhaps most notably, a no-holds-barred reenactment of the iconic wedding scene from Sixteen Candles.

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The fest’s six film screenings and cast member Q&As (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Weird Science) will be held at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in the northern Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. So far, confirmed guests for those screenings include Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), Lea Thompson and Craig Sheffer (Some Kind of Wonderful), director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful), Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Weird Science), Cindy Pickett (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles). More cast members are expected to be announced soon.

As event coordinator David Blanchard tells the Reader, the Sixteen Candles wedding reenactment will be held at the Glencoe Union Church, the same location where the original scene was shot. Blanchard ensures fans that the reenactment will go down “exactly as it was blocked and performed in the movie.” The fest will also have actors on hand to bring other key Hughes scenes to life at locations around Chicago. “I wanted to incorporate actors who would stay completely in character at several locations where a movie was filmed and perform an entire scene from that movie,” Blanchard says.

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As if that weren’t enough reason to celebrate a man who defined American comedy in the ’80s, The Shermer Club will also feature models of several iconic cars from Hughes’ films, including, of course, the beloved (and ill-fated) 250 GT California Spyder from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Fans can also peruse an exhibit of film memorabilia courtesy of the Northbrook Historical Society.

For more information on The Shermer Club or to buy tickets, check out the festival’s official website.