The 1995 Sandra Bullock rom-com While You Were Sleeping is a favorite of mine, and the Callaghan family’s wonderful old home in the suburbs of Chicago was one of the first movie houses I featured on my blog back in 2008.
When I heard it was on the market in La Grange, Illinois, I couldn’t wait to see how it looks today.
They filmed inside the actual house, which makes it even more fun to compare the rooms then and now. Take a look!
The Callaghan Family’s Home in “While You Were Sleeping”
A reader named Kristine contacted me about the house, saying she was living in it when they filmed here:
“We had to move out for most of the shooting and we were living down the street. Everyone was so nice. The snow was all fake and we were the only house on the block with it.”
There’s a reason the interiors look so real and lived-in:
“They redid some of the interior for the movie but most of it is the same. All the interiors were actually my house too. None of them were sets. Shortly after the movie, my parents put an addition on the side of the house.” (Thanks, Kristine!)
The listing says:
Wonderful La Grange home designed by John Tilton (1898), located in the Historic District. Beautiful 4-bedroom home starred in the movie “While You Were Sleeping.” This charming residence beckons you to enjoy the large wraparound porch and sits on large lot 100 x 139.
Gracious foyer, high ceilings throughout, stunning molding detail, original pocket doors, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, large updated eat in kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances opens to family room. Finished 3rd floor, envy of many. Located close to award winning schools, commuter train and downtown area. Owner has original blueprints of home.
The movie was filmed on location inside this house, so I took screenshots to compare it then and now.
You can see the same wallpaper in the entry today (above) that was in the movie (below):
The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 3,853 square feet.
The Dining Room today has what looks like the same furniture as it did in the scene above:
According to IMDb, “While You Were Sleeping made a giant splash at the box office, making more than $180 million in worldwide returns, the vast majority of which was pure profit, as the film was made for a surprisingly slim $17 million.”
In this shot you can see the beautiful old green-tiled fireplace behind Lucy (Bullock):
Here’s the same fireplace today:
Peter Gallagher played Peter Callaghan, which was a small but memorable role. He went on to become the patriarch of the Cohen family on “The O.C.” and is now Jane Fonda’s boyfriend on “Grace and Frankie.” (BTW, you can see what that fabulous beach house looks like in real life here.)
The working title for the film was “Coma Guy.” Can you imagine? Makes me laugh.
I also read that the first idea for the movie was to have a woman in the coma and a man pretending to be engaged to her, but they decided it seemed a little too creepy or stalkerish. They switched the genders and now it’s hard to imagine it any other way.
I recognized this back hall from a scene when Jack was talking on the phone (below):
BTW, Peter’s swanky apartment was filmed in Chicago’s Lake Point Tower.
Spoiler alert: When we see his super sleek and modern place, we know Lucy doesn’t belong there. Or with him!
The house was built in 1898.
Lucy’s been longing for a family, and this house signals that she’s found it:
I’m amazed at how little it has changed in the 20+ years since the movie was filmed there.
To see all the photos and get more information about the “While You Were Sleeping” house
at 203 8th Avenue in La Grange, Illinois,
check the listing held by Beverly Lannon of Coldwell Banker.