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Creating Your Very Own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

March 21, 2011

Have you ever played hooky from school or work and thought, hmm this isn’t nearly as awesome as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Clearly I have, as this is one of my all time favorite movies. The cool factor of being able to re-create the highlight moments of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane would be tremendous. While being able to live out an 80’s dream may seem priceless, it’s the cost of getting there that’s a concern. Luckily I just read an article on about how much it could cost to have your very own Ferris Buller’s Day Off. 

  • Airfare to Chicago– A roundtrip flight can cost  upwards of $200 dollars. If you are already in Chicago, then consider it a score, you can use that extra money for the fun-filled day ahead.
  • Sears Tower Admission– Now known as the Willis Tower, a visit to the Skydeck will cost you $15.95 per person. You won’t have to lean against the glass like Ferris, Cameron and Sloane, the Willis Tower comes equipped with glass balconies.
  • Trip to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange– The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has two admission-free visitor centers but according to their website, “only pre-scheduled academic and industry-related groups are permitted access to the viewing gallery overlooking the trading floor.” You may have to pull out the Ferris Bueller moxy and allure to make your way in but at least this one is free.
  • Going to a Chicago Cubs game– The price for a ticket to Wrigley Field can run anywhere from $12-$112 dollars. I’m sure the concession stand prices have gone up since 1986, so having extra cash would be handy.
  • Lunch at a fancy French restaurant– While Chez Quis wasn’t a real restaurant you can visit places like Gemini Bistro, which is similar in its high-end feel to Chez Quis. The average entrée will cost about $30 dollars, not including appetizers and dessert. Don’t forget extra for tip, after all it’s not cheap being Abe Froman.
  • Rental of a 1961 Ferrari GT California– The day wouldn’t be complete without driving around in a  Ferrari but renting it for the day would cost around $3500 bucks. Unless you can afford to do so, it might be better to just cruise in a less expensive convertible rental. Red, of course.

Keep in mind you need to make this day happen around mid-September because how can you miss the Von Steuben Day Parade. Okay so with all expenses taken into consideration, to have your own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off can expect to run about $315.95. That’s not including car rental, cab fare  (you know, for when you run out of the restaurant to avoid your dad) and possible bail money. So, is it worth the price for a sold day of shenanigans Ferris Bueller style? I think you already know my answer! In the words of Ferris, “The question isn’t, what are we going to do, the question is, what aren’t we going to do?”

How much would you spend to re-create your favorite film and live out a dream? Here at GAI ( we would love to know. Think you can’t afford it, well let us help you get the most out of your refund this year by handling your 2010 tax return. We can help with more than that, I know some of the best places in the city to get some sweet sweater vests, 80s style. So give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturdays 8am-5pm.

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