John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is easily one of the most seminal films of the 1980s. It features the defining performance of Matthew Broderick’s career, and it continues to influence multitudes of young people to this day. Even Deadpool paid homage to the story of a brash kid who wants to have a day off from school no matter what the cost. We’ll always have Ferris Bueller’s Day Off popping up for as long as film exists.

The movie is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is pulling out all the stops to do so. Ferris Fest is a three-day festival that will take place in and around Chicago this summer, featuring a plethora of events commemorating this teenage essential. The John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest will be screening the film, hosted by Chicago critic Richard Roeper. There will also be a Q&A session at the screening featuring actors from the film including Jonathan Schmock (the maître d’ at the French restaurant), Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward (Ferris’ mom and dad).

And that’s not all! There will be a tour that takes you around to some of the most memorable spots from the movie, and there’s even a recreation of the climactic “Twist and shout” parade planned. If you have a love for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this will be your best opportunity to be a part of your favorite movie.

For more detailed information on the three-day event, you can visit the Ferris Fest official website. There are rundowns of all the cool stuff that will be on display (there’s a recreation of Ferris’ bedroom!) and schedules for all the events. Oh yeah.


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Drew Dietsch
Drew Dietsch has written for CHUD.com, the News-Press, WhatCulture, and releases a weekly film review podcast, The Drew Reviews Podcast. He'll yak your ear off about horror movies, Jaws, RoboCop, and/or Batman if you let him.