As much as I’ve enjoyed reading about Mandi’s (and your) prized pop-culture possessions, I can’t help but feel a little left out considering I have nary a New Kids on the Block Trapper Keeper or signed Ricky Schroder glossy to my name. But what I lack in the memorabilia department I make up for with something a bit less tangible (though equally fulfilling) – pop-culture field trips.
Whether it’s a cafe featured in You’ve Got Mail or an Alexander Calder sculpture that got two seconds of screen time in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I’ve been there. But there is one hollowed ground that stands bricks above the rest, my Mecca: The house from Home Alone.
When the holiday caper flick hit theaters in 1990, I was the same age as burglar-bashing hero Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin, pictured). Something about a kid my age kicking adult butt really resonated with me, and it’s been one of my favorite movies ever since. So when I moved to the Chicago suburbs a few years ago and found out the house was only a few miles away, I just had to see it. I googled the address (which, funny enough, is almost the exact same street address Culkin gives the grocery store clerk in the movie), and headed out into Illinois’ sub-freezing tundra. Sadly, much like a larger-than-life screen star, the house seemed downright tiny. But that didn’t stop me from taking every single guest that visited me that year in Chicago on an excursion to the house (no matter how they felt about the movie).
But I can’t be the only one who enjoys these kinds of outings. What about you, PopWatchers? Have you ever surreptitiously stalked a famous house or bought a bagel just ‘cause the joint was in a movie? Or do you prefer more “legit” trips? (I’m thinking of places like Graceland, Dollywood, or Dallas’ Southfork, which still gets 300,000 visitors a year even though the show ended 17 years ago.) Please tell us about your favorite pop-culture field trip.