The neighborhood John Hughes grew up in, had a strong German influence with German ancestry citizens. This was emphasized by the cooking, the music, and the accent. The German song ‘Danke Shoen’ was used in the movie for a reason.
Hughes said in one of his interviews, that the German accent pronounced by some of his neighbors while growing up was something he couldn’t ignore. When he found out Bueller was a German name, he knew he has to give the movie a Douchland touch.
Art Institute of Chicago
1986 was the first year movie cameras were allowed to film inside the Art Institute of Chicago. We love the fact that Hughes took a childhood favorite spot, and turned it into a well-known scene in the movie. We don't know how he persuaded the museum to allow a film crew into the building, but he did.
We do ask ourselves though if the script wasn't handed out, would Ferris Bueller really choose the museum as a place to spend his day off? We think not.
Von Steuben Day
Hughes couldn't have gotten any luckier than what he did on the first day of filming. The parade scene was already set in the script but never in a million years did he think, they could actually manage to film the entire scene in a real one.
Von Steuben Day was celebrated in perfect timing. All participants were authentic, all of the music (besides The Beatles hit) was part of the real parade, and except for minor alterations they had to do the following day, the production team was given the scene on a silver plate.
Shake It a Baby
If there is one song in the movie that will get you up off your feet it's with no doubt "Twist & Shout". The choice of this song for the scene in the parade upgraded and turned it into a singalong. Most of the dancers and people who participated in the "Twist & Shout" scene were no more than bypasses who had nothing better to do that day.
Many people who were at the parade at the time thought "Twist & Shout" was part of the parade, only later realizing it wasn't and was planted in as part of the movie.
The Water Tower
In the plot, things got a little out of hand when pupils literally asked for donations to save Ferris Bueller. So while Bueller was dancing down the streets of Chicago, the community was doing everything in their power to save his life.
The words "Save Ferris" were painted on the water tower (for real) and Hughes said that the painting was still on there for many years later. A touch of exaggerated humor never hurt anyone.