Classic Film 'Blues Brothers' Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of The Blues Brothers, a Chicago classic.

The Blues Brothers film, born out of the Saturday Night Live spinoff starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, was released on June 20, 1980 and is a quotable classic and one of the all-time great Chicago movies: it had a roster of filming locations that included the Daley Center, Jackson Park, the South Shore Cultural Center and Maxwell Street.

The production took over Chicago in the summer of 1979.

John Chase, director of investigations for the Better Government Association, was 8 years old when he joined a crowd of people to watch the filming of a car chase in Park Ridge.

"I remember, still to this day, how many people were there watching," Chase said. "It was hundreds, if not thousands, along the sides of the streets and in the park."

The Blues Brothers also put Chicago on the map as a filming location. In the next few years, the movie "Thief" and a string of John Hughes films would be set and shot in Chicago.

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