'The Dark Knight'
Where Did They Shoot That Fantastic Scene?
by Robert K. Elder

Published Date: August 3, 2008

"Dark Tours" anyone?

With all the buzz accompanying "The Dark Knight," it's only a matter of time before some entrepreneur (in a plastic Batman mask, no less) will start conducting tours of Chicago as Gotham City.

May we offer the following map as an alternative.

"The Dark Knight" shot 65 days in Chicago, with additional studio and stunt work in Hong Kong and England. Below, a complete Chicago location list, provided by the Chicago Film Office.

1. 500 N. Franklin St.
Street scene, Lamborghini driving shots

2. 100 N. Wells St.
Street scene, Lamborghini driving shots

3. 200 E. Wacker Drive/Chicago River
Helicopter shots of the city

4. 200 N. Post Pl.
Street scene, chase sequence (Joker tries to rub out Harvey Dent.)

5. 200 S. LaSalle St.
Street scene, police procession and nighttime chase sequence

6. 4700 W. Lake St.
Street scene, Lamborghini driving shots

7. 401 N. Cicero Ave.
This former Brach's Candy factory doubles as a Gotham City hospital, which the Joker (Heath Ledger) blows up.

8. 505 N. McClurg Ct. (a condo construction site) and 401 N. Wabash Ave. (Trump Tower)
These two locations combine to set the stage for a final showdown between Batman (Christian Bale) and the Joker.

9. 200 W. Randolph
Batman takes down the Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) and his gang in this parking garage.

10. 500 S. Lower Wacker Drive
Batman (in the Batmobile) races to rescue Gotham's attorney general, who is under fire from the Joker and his goons.

11. 200 E. Lower Randolph St. (Metra entrance)
Batman, on the motorcyclelike Batpod, races through Gotham's underground.

12. 200 S. Wacker Drive
Chase sequence (Joker tries to rub out Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart.)

13. 71 E. Wacker Drive (Hotel 71)
Bruce Wayne's (Bale) penthouse bedroom

14. 300 E. Wacker Drive
Chase sequence (Joker tries to rub out Dent.)

15. 50 W. Washington St. (Daley Plaza)
Dent tries a case in a courtroom.

16. LaSalle and Monroe Streets
An 18-wheeler flips ? end over end during a showdown between Batman and the Joker.

17. 200 N. Wabash
Crowd evacuates Gotham.

18. 111 E. Wacker Driver (Illinois Center Buildings, Building 2)
The Joker crashes a party in Wayne's penthouse and gets slapped by Rachel Dawes (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal).

19. 1500 S. Lumber St.
Batman's secret underground lair, as Wayne Manor is being rebuilt.

20. 404 W. Harrison St.
The old Chicago Post Office doubles as Gotham City Bank in an opening heist sequence.

21. 17 W. Adams St. (The Berghoff)
Gotham cops arrest gangsters galore.

22. 1660 N. Sedgwick St. (Twin Anchors)
Two-Face appears at a bar.

23. 200 S. Canal St.
Driving shots.

24. 525 W. Monroe St.
Various.

25. LaSalle Street
A funeral procession for Gotham's police commissioner.

26. 175 N. State St. (Chicago Theatre)
Gyllenhaal and Eckhart's characters attempt to attend a ballet.

27. Lake Michigan just off Iroquois
Landing (near 87th Street) Bruce Wayne meets a seaplane from his yacht (digital island added later).

28. 10100 S. Avenue G
Non-shooting, but rehearsals of stunts held here.

29. 2301 S. Indiana Ave. (McCormick Place)
Interior of Wayne Enterprises.

30. 700 E. Grand Ave. (Navy Pier)
Gotham citizens board ferryboats.

31. 233 S. Wacker Drive (Sears Tower)
Batman surveys his city from a sweeping rooftop aerial shot.

32. 226 W. Ontario St. (Sound Bar)
Batman bashes skulls to get to a Gotham crime lord.

33. 330 N. Wabash Ave.
Various locations, including the mayor's office, Harvey Dent's office and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises.