The contest is a joint collaboration between Fathom Events, who is running screenings of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off this month as part of the film’s anniversary, and GroupOn. Between now and May 16, you can enter to win a trip to Chicago that will include spending time at all of the major landmarks seen in the film. You can go to the Willis Tower (formerly Sears) deck, visit the Art Institute of Chicago, and have lunch at the Everest restaurant. In addition, you’ll be able to attend a “hometown baseball game.” For some reason, it does not mention the Chicago Cubs or Wrigley Field, which was the location used in the film, whether it was an issue of not having the rights to use the names, or because the game will not be at Wrigley Field is not clear. Finally, you’ll get a luxury sports car rental in order to get you from place to place. Just be careful which valet you leave it with.
This is only one of the ways that fans are celebrating the anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. If you’re already in the city of Chicago later this month, the city is planning Ferris Fest, where fans can sit in the same seats at Wrigley Field where the famous friends chanted at players, and see a recreation of the parade float where Matthew Broderick did a Lip Sync Battle worthy rendition of “Twist and Shout.” You’ll miss out on these festivities if you win the trip, however, as that prize won’t get you to Chicago until July.
So, if you always wanted to be Ferris Bueller, you have a chance to walk in those footsteps. Who did you think was the coolest kid of 80’s cinema? Was there somebody else you’d rather have been when you were that age?