Flatliners (1990)

Flatliners was released into theaters on August 10th, 1990. Filming locations include Chicago, Il. It was directed by Joel Schumacher. Three years prior, Schumacher directed one of the greatest horror movies of all time, in The Lost Boys. Sadly, Schumacher passed away on June 22nd, 2020. The film featured a relatively young cast of actors, who were in high demand at the time. Kiefer Sutherland played Nelson Wright. Sutherland also starred in Young Guns II that same year. This was the second of five collaborations between Sutherland and Schumacher. Julia Roberts played Rachel Mannus. Roberts also starred in Pretty Woman that same year. Kevin Bacon played David Labraccio. Bacon also starred in Tremors that same year. The score was composed by James Newton Howard. The films first DVD release was on January 20th, 1998.

Opening - 6000 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, Il. 60637
(Fountain of Time)

Fountain of Time was sculpted by Lorado Taft, in 1920. It measures 126 feet 10 inches in length.  It sits at the western edge of Midway Plaisance, in Washington Park.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Taft Building - 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, Il. 60637
(Museum of Science and Industry)

The museum opened in 1933. The portion shown in the film is the west entrance, accessible from S. Cornell Ave.


David's apartment - 1269 N. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, Il. 60622

David climbs out a window and scales the wall on the north side of the building. In 2014, another house was built on the north side of the structure. Today, the only way to see the north side of the building is to look down the alley between the two structures. 

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Church - 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, Il, 60660
(Madonna Della Strada Chapel)

It was designed by architect Andrew Rebori and opened in 1938. It sits on the campus of Loyola University Chicago.


David and Rachel walking - N. Michigan Ave. and E. Upper Wacker Dr. Chicago, Il. 60601
(DuSable Bridge)

The bridge was constructed in 1920. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 2nd, 1991. They walked along the bridge's lower level.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Nelson crosses the street - N. Damen Ave. and N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Il. 60622

He was walking south along N. Damen Avenue, crossing N. Milwaukee Ave.


Randy's dorm - 1050 W. Rosemont Ave. Chicago, Il. 60626
(Xavier Hall)

The dorm is located on the Loyola University Chicago campus. 


Nelson's apartment - 3365 N. Clark St. Chicago, Il. 60657

At the time of my visit, it was the Houndstooth Saloon.


Rachel's childhood home - 3960 S. Ellis Ave. Chicago, Il. 60653

The 5,641 square foot house was built in 1884.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

S.B. Butler School - 1026 W. Buena Ave. Chicago, Il. 60613
(St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School)

The scenes in the film take place at the northeast corner of W. Buena Ave. and N. Kenmore Ave.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Cemetery - 4001 N. Clark St. Chicago, Il. 60613
(Graceland Cemetery)

The Cemetery was established in 1860. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18th, 2001. Filming took place in the southern section of the cemetery. The wall that Joe, Nelson and Randy jump over to enter the cemetery, is located at the southern most point of the cemetery.



  1. This is so awesome. Thank you for this. I use this film in my filmmaking course at the high school I teach at outside of Boston and normally I try to get to the locations of the films I teach during my summer breaks however this is one film who's locations I have never visited. This was great.

  2. Pretty cool. I'd love to visit some of these places.