Ordinary People (1980) Filming Locations

Location #1: The gazebo

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East Center Avenue (near West Scranton Avenue), Lake Bluff, Illinois, United States


Location #2: The church

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700 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, United States


Location #3: School

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Lake Forest High School, 1285 North McKinley Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, United States


Location #4: House of the family

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1199 Lincoln Avenue South, Highland Park, Illinois, United States


Location #5: Psychiatrist’s office

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Sheridan Road & Central Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois, United States

4 thoughts on “Ordinary People (1980) Filming Locations

  1. Jay J. Carley

    How about THE REST OF THE STORY of the filming of Ordinary People. There is no mention or credit given to Ft. Sheridan, Il were there were three sets and who constructed them. Look on the credits and there is no mention of carpenters, plumbers or electricians. I was there,I was the electrical led man, I wired the sets, I prepped the building and when filming was over I returned the building electrical to its origin. The local theatrical guild sent out personal that had little or no knowledge of the trades. The Government Employees from the Engineering yard worked after hours and on weekends to complete the tasks on hand. This was no small job. The instalation delivered on its promise to give the film crew the privacy they asked for and then when skilled labor was not available it allowed its work force to build the sets, assist with their expertise during filming and return the building to it origin. You can ask Ron Swore ( sorry Ron spelled your name wrong , its been a long time), the carpenter foreman, and even Robert, who was allowed to take his morning jogs around the post unharassed. So there is more to the story and so much credit that has and is not given. Jay J. Carley 608 797 5937. jaycarley@gmail.com

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  2. Nat

    I saw this movie in my junior year in college, on my Thanksgiving break. I was so blown away by the acting and intensity and Redford’s directing that I sat in stunned silence for a long time after the credits rolled and continued to think about the movie for many days thereafter. This is my favorite movie of all time, and remains so to this day.

    Ordinary People has a special personal significance to me because my college neighbor was an extra in this film, and I could see him standing in the doorway, in partial silhouette, during Conrad’s fight with his former best friend outside the high school.

    I wish I could thank Robert Redford and the entire crew personally for this masterpiece. It’s just that special of a film.

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