Yup, sometimes you have to just go with the flow, forget the clock, let loose the itinerary and let serendipity have a chance. That chance often leads to our most memorable destinations simply because of the excitement that comes when Jim and I opt for spontaneous. Blah, blah, blah going from point A to B changes to rah, rah, rah, serendipity!
Imagine; if not for the spontaneity, Jim and I would have missed the corn palace in South Dakota while driving to Mount Rushmore; we might have driven past the ghost town in Colorado while headed to Steamboat; we’d never have spotted the grove of Aspens ablaze with color while on our way to Tahoe (all coming attractions!). Life can be so boring only coloring inside the lines.
Imagine my surprise when Jim and I recently found ourselves in the North Shore neighborhood of one famous Chicago home.
The trees had grown, but otherwise the celebrity status of this stately 14-room red brick Georgian house was still quietly intact. You can take a look inside and catch a few bloopers from the first and best Home Alone movie here.
The house, originally built in the 1920’s, was in the news earlier this year when it sold for $1.585 million, a real bargain compared to its original $2.4 million price tag. Perhaps
original owners John and Cynthia Abendshien were hoping to make bank on their home’s celebrity status after their six month ordeal living in their master suite during the filming of the movie over 20 years ago.
I wonder if the new kids on the block will squabble over who gets the famed attic bedroom; or how long they have to wait to be home alone before trying Kevin’s infamous sled ride down the stairs and out the front door (was that move really possible!?). Bragging rights alone should keep the kids set for life.
Perhaps it’s that kid in all of us, flying by the seat of our pants every once in a while in the midst of an otherwise orderly life that’s the draw behind this cultural icon. I know it is for me and Jim.
Seven Things You Might Not Know About the Movie, Home Alone.
1. Many of the interior scenes were actually shot on a sound set inside New Trier High
School’s gymnasium while it was vacant.
2. Reportedly John Hughes wrote the script for Home Alone in one weekend.
3. A fifth installment, Home Alone 5, is currently in post-production and is set to premier on
ABC’sFamily’s 25 Days of Christmas later this year.
4. Culkin’s famous hands-on-his-face scream is based on the famous painting, “The Scream,”
by Edvard Munch.
5. The pizza order in the movie from Little Nero’s Pizza is a parody of Little Caesar’s Pizza.
Caesar was the title used by Roman emperors, such as Nero.
6. Another Christmas movie is highlighted in the movie Home Alone. While most of the family
is sitting in their hotel room in France when the parents call home, they’re shown watching
the Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.
7. The outside scenes where Kevin meets up with old Marley is Grace Episcopal Church at
924 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois. The inside scenes of the church were shot at Haven
Middle School at 2417 Prairie Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.