Director John Hughes' House is Yours for $4.3 Million

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By Emily Stone

John Hughes’ iconic coming of age films — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone — were often set on Chicago's North Shore, reflecting the place the director called home. Now his actual Lake Forest home is on the market.

The 11,000-square-foot 1929 mansion is listed at $4.3 million, according to Curbed Chicago. It was last listed in 2011 for $5.89 million, two years after Hughes died.

Hughes and his wife, Nancy Ludwig, lived in the estate for more than 20 years.

The listing, with plenty of pictures, shows a stately mansion with lots of wood trim and sunny rooms. The home, which is half a block from the lake, has, according to the listing, “7 Bedrooms, 6 Full Bathrooms, 4 Half Baths, a handsome Library, elegant Dining Room and Living Room, lovely Garden Room, huge Family Room, Media Room, an interchangeable Office Suite and 3 car heated garage.”

The Highland Park home that Hughes made famous in Ferris Bueller's Day Off as Cameron's house has been on and off the market over the past several years.

Editor's Note: The headline on this post originally stated the house was listed at $1.6 million instead of $4.3 million. This was a mistake and has been corrected. Patch regrets the error.

AP February 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Terrible article. The headline says 1.6, the text says 4. something, and you have to click a video.
jp1 February 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM
What is the price and what is the purpose of the video?
Brian Slupski (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM
The price is $4.3 million. I made an error in the headline and have corrected it, but it might take a couple of minutes for the site to update. Sorry for the error.
Andre Jake Trzaska February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM
The 1.6 was how much it was lowered.
Brian Slupski (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM
@Andre – Yes. When I wrote the headline I had $1.6 million in my head. It was a mistake. I have changed the headline. The site should update shortly. Sorry for the error.
MSandyDogg February 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM
As this is showing up in the "Greater Alexandria" Patch feed, can we assume that, with all the cutbacks at Patch, actually writing about "Greater Alexandria" has fallen by the wayside? Honestly, I can't understand why anyone in "Greater Alexandria" would care about John Hughes selling his suburban Chicago house. For that matter, I'm not sure why anyone in Chicago would care either..
Gwen Thomas February 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM
My one last comment to Patch. Don't call your online paper a local news feed. Just give it up! This is the last stupid national story published under the guise of 'Pinellas Beaches' that I want to see. Now where's the unsubscribe button?
Dave M. February 12, 2014 at 01:56 PM
What is this story doing on Smithtown Patch? Who cares about a house in Chicago, unless you live in Chicago??
Bryan Harz February 12, 2014 at 02:02 PM
They need a software patch...for the patch...to be a local patch...while wearing an eye patch..
Bryan Harz February 12, 2014 at 02:02 PM
a green eye patch of course!
Bethany Hannan February 12, 2014 at 06:02 PM
HOw is this related to Reston.patch.com? The house is in Chicago!
randy albin February 13, 2014 at 02:34 PM
how do you sign up for this? how down to earth this really is. you gotta live somewhere. why not go for something like this? this must be a high priority


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