Small Town Hollywood

Winnetka Film Sets

Macaulay Culkin runs towards Hubbard Woods Park in Home Alone, 1990

While several popular movies have been filmed in Winnetka, few have gone on to reach the iconic pop culture status of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the 1990 film Home Alone. View images of these film locations around the Village and watch clips to see which of your favorite Winnetka sites are featured! Watch Here!

Photo Gallery: Scroll through the photo gallery to explore images of famous Winnetka actors and New Trier alums from our collection of historic yearbooks. Click Here!

Ann-Margret as a student at New Trier, 1958

Winnetka’s Time-Lapse Film Pioneer: John Nash Ott
While many recognize long-time Winnetka resident John Nash Ott as the father of time-lapse photography, he was also an accomplished cinematographer and television personality who worked on tv shows and films for several major Hollywood studios, including the Walt Disney Company. Read about Ott’s impressive career in film, as well as his significant contributions to the worlds of science and entertainment. Learn More!

Watch Ott: For almost 20 years, John Nash Ott hosted the weekly local Chicago television show, How Does Your Garden Grow? View episodes of Ott’s show, as well as his other original time-lapse films. Watch Here!