When I asked you which movies you watch over and over again because of the houses in them, Tracey commented, “I have to admit to watching Home Alone at least 20 times, strictly for the house. John Hughes always picks a beautiful Chicago suburb house for his films. I realize that the movie was filmed in the ’80s and has outdated decor, but I redecorate in my head each year as I watch. A classic shell of a home never goes out of style!”
Since this is Christmas Movie Week, I watched Home Alone again and took lots of photos of the house for Tracey — and anyone else out there who makes annual viewings a holiday tradition!
The house lit up at night to deter (bungling) burglars.
Detached garage behind the house. Kevin’s parents forgot to close the garage doors, so at first Kevin thinks they’re still home.
Close-up of the front door.
The bathroom, like the rest of the house, is very ’90s. I worked for an interior designer in the ’90s, so seeing the wallpaper and the colors and gold faucets brings back memories of how we were decorating peoples’ homes then!
Kevin’s “Battle Plan” shows the home’s floorplan. Sorta.
Director Chris Columbus lovingly photographed every inch of this house, making it easy for me to get pictures of it. He treats the house like another character in the film.
One of my favorite parts of the house: the landing with the window.
Kevin in his parents’ room, wishing they’d come home.
Kevin gets his wish–Mom returns!
Kevin was sent to the attic for bad behavior.
Kevin comes out of the attic to find the house empty and quiet.
Kevin’s brother’s bedroom. That gun on the wall’s gonna come in handy!
The huge gravity furnace in the basement. We had one of those when I was growing up, and it always freaked me out when I was in the basement alone!
Does anyone else fantasize about having a back staircase that comes down into the kitchen like this, or is it just me?
Kevin decides to take a sled ride down the stairs.
The actual home used for the film is located North of Chicago in Winnetka, Illinois. It’s apparently a popular tourist stop because I found a lot of snapshots of it on the Internet taken by people who tracked it down. Here’s one of them (found here):
Here’s how the house looks when the yard is all leafy and green in the summer (found here):