10 Reasons Why We Need a John Hughes Museum in Chicago

There is something that is very close to my heart, a project that I have been sitting on.
Maybe “sitting on” isn’t a good description.
” I thought of it back in February and never did anything else about it” better sums it up.
I want a John Hughes museum to come to Chicago.
That’s about it.
I haven’t done anything more than say it out loud.
Oh and I went on Kickstarter and looked at the website.
And talked to my friends Kari, Vikki and Melisa about it.
But someone COUGH Melisa COUGH is too “busy” to help me stalk former Brat Pack celebrities to get on the cause.
In her defense, she really is busy.
Why is there not a John Hughes museum in Chicago?
He is from the Chicago area, he wrote and centered most of his films in the Chicago area and he is laid to rest here in the suburbs.
So why is he not being honored here?
In the Chicago metro area, there is a button museum, a museum about money, yes, money.
Even a stained glass window museum but no museum honoring the creative genius behind such movies as Breakfast Club,  Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Does no one else think this is an injustice?
AM I THE ONLY PERSON THAT THINKS THIS IS JUST WRONG??
Maybe I need to get the attention of wealthy investors or NO! WAIT!
JUDD NELSON!
Because he seems like he would be just feisty enough to stir up a shit storm in Hollywood to get this project started.
Pull a John Bender and throw a chair at a party in Burbank…do they have even have parties in Burbank??
And be all WHY IS THERE NO JOHN HUGHES MUSEUM YOU CRUSTY HOLLYWOOD TYPES?!?!
All while having a lit cigarette hanging out of his mouth, a bourbon in his hand and ripping pages out of a book.
SWOON
OMG he is STILL hot.
Here are my ten reasons why we need a John Hughes museum in Chicago.

breakfast club quote

We live in a time and place where a reality show teen is showing other teenage girls how to enlarge their lips with a shot glass.
People have invented a contraption that can extend a pole to take a picture….of themselves.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US?
Yet the man who created movies that gave teenagers a voice in movies that still speak to an entirely different generation to this very day, isn’t being honored in some way, shape or form?
But we can take a picture of ourselves in front of the Portillo’s on West Ontario.
Yay us.

 

Why we need a john hughes museum

Whatever happened to those underpants?
The table that Jake and Samantha made a wish on?
Andie’s prom dress?
Or Ferris Bueller’s clarinet?
Wouldn’t you pay, oh I don’t know, say, 15 bucks admission or so to see all those things and more?
The original Breakfast Club screenplay was recently found in a cabinet in a suburban Chicago high school.
All willy nilly in a cabinet.
You know.
Like you do.
THIS IS HUGE, PEOPLE!
LIKE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME!
WE NEED A DAMN MUSEUM!

 

Sixteen Candles quote

Think of the amazing food court we could have inside the museum because HELLO CHICAGO.
We could even offer food that was represented in the movies!
Claire’s sushi!
Uncle Buck’s pancakes!
Home Alone pizza!
Wet sandwiches from Vacation!
Yeah maybe not a good idea….

Pretty in Pink quote

IS THIS WHERE WE GET TO WALK INTO THE PROM PIMPED OUT IN REALLY COOL CLOTHES AND MAKEUP TO A KILLER SOUNDTRACK AND THEIR MOUTHS DROP OPEN?!?!?!?!

NO???

Did that slip out?

Back to the list.

 

Pretty in Pink quote

Duckie would want it this way because he could ride his bike there from his cool loft in Chinatown.
Wilst wearing his duck shoes.
OK I need to get something out.
I COULD NOT STAND Duckie in that movie.
And neither could you.
We have this weird 80’s amnesia-like thing going on that is making us all lovey on him that is driving me BONKERS.
He was all needy and weirdly stalker-like in that movie AND YOU KNOW IT.
It wasn’t until the last scene at the prom that he got so amazingly HOT that you fall in love with Duckie.
THAT’S RIGHT.
REMEMBER IT.
Even Jon Cryer is on my side on this one.
But I bet we could get one Jon Cryer to come to the red carpet opening of the museum.
Because he has a book to plug now.
Of course he wouldn’t be wearing the shoes because the shoes would be IN the museum!!!
And you know you want to pay to see those shoes.

Why we need a John Hughes museum

We could offer cool side tours in addition to the museum that will take tourists and locals alike to the movie locations and homes that were used in the movies.
Hollywood doesn’t hold all the titles for movie making, Chicago holds its own when it comes to cinema history and has many cool places to show off.
Almost all of John Hughes movies were shot right here.
The entire Breakfast Club movie was shot in the Chicago suburbs.
Uncle Buck, Ferris Bueller, She’s Having a Baby, Home Alone, Sixteen Candles and more.
If we lined up tours of each movie along with cool places to eat along the way, wouldn’t you pay to do something like that?
And if I could get Vince Vaughn to stand at the front of the bus with a microphone wearing a Blackhawks jersey using a really strong Chicargo accent, I know you would pay.
THAT’S RIGHT.
…..need to find Judd Nelson’s number……..he’s got to be in the white pages………Nelson, Nelson……

Planes Trains and Automobiles

We have two airports now.
Plus there’s always Milwaukee.
You won’t ever have to worry about not landing here again.
Unless we get really bad weather.
But that hardly EVER happens.
Hardly.
WHAT?

 

Uncle Buck Quote

The museum would be a great field trip museum.

We could even do this:

 

Why we need a John Hughes museum

You know.
For old times sake.

 

Breakfast Club quote John Hughes Museum

You do make a difference, I say, to anyone from ages 0- 100, who feel like they don’t fit into the box society places them in.
You count.
A museum like this would be a great tribute to a really cool guy but also someone who didn’t fit into societal roles and didn’t want you to either.

Ferris Bueller Quote

Think about everyone you know who loved John Hughes movies in high school, college, middle school, now.
Were you in one of the groups listed above?
John Hughes was relatable to everyone.
And 25 years later, his work is still relatable.
That to me is a talent that we should feel honored to see in our lifetime and that is why I want to work hard to honor that in my lifetime.

So if you want a museum in YOUR lifetime that honors the man that created the movies that formed a generation, please help me.
Because I have no idea where to start.
Seriously.
But Judd, if you happen to read this, call meeee.
I’ll give you my cubic zirconia earring any time.


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AFTER we get the museum off the ground though. 

11 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why We Need a John Hughes Museum in Chicago

  1. Kari Wagner

    I really can't believe that you're asking for Judd Nelson's number since I LOCATED THE NAME OF HIS AGENT that day. That's all you need to start. Seriously.

    Also, the show is over (as you know), but here's what you need to do before we meet and you buy me that hot chocolate you've been promising me for two years, five months, and thirteen days (give or take): RESEARCH. Make a plan. Find the starting point. THEN we'll meet on it. 🙂

    Trust me, this is for your own good. heh

  2. Kari Wagner

    OMG I TOTALLY forgot about the agent's name.
    But um, this post wasn't written to you…I hope you don't think that.
    It was written to THE WORLD.
    Maybe I should have been clearer…….
    Now I totally get the #rude comment.
    AND IF I HAD A PLAN I WOULDN'T NEED JUDD NELSON!!!
    As you were, go back to post LTYM coma.
    I am totally showing up on your doorstep with food, magazines, music and cookie dough IN LIEU OF HOT FRIGGIN CHOCOLATE.
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
    Ok love you bye.

  3. Kari Wagner

    4 Things: 1) I would toooootally go to this museum! 2) I loved Duckie from beginning to end because goofy-bordering-ridiculous is just my type. I was definitely into it. 3) I lived in Burbank for many years. We had fantastic parties. 4) My husband used to do sound for a post production company, and he got to work with Judd Nelson for a day doing sound work. He said he's very nice, a total pro, a little cooky, and very respectful of the work. When I was done squealing at his every word, my husband gave me a piece of paper that JN had been scribbling notes on. I have it in a safe place where it will remain forever because Bender 4 Eva.

  4. Kari Wagner

    OMG HANNAH, I WANT TO TOUCH THAT PIECE OF PAPER!!!
    That sounded so weird but I know you will get that.
    Ok so you and I need to brainstorm because my dear friend Melisa has JN's agent's name, so I need to do some investigating BUT I need to get a game plan in place.
    Melisa is right, I need to get my sh@$ together and think of where we need to start.
    I just have no idea what that is at this point.
    Something tells me Jon Cryer will have the answer.
    Or Carl, the janitor.

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