Hey, I know that town!

Hey, I know that town!

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 23:40

I always feel a little burst of excitement whenever a movie or TV show name-drops one of the Chicago suburbs; it's like finding out that, yes, famous people do know there's more to life than L.A. and NYC.

Wheaton is the latest regional town to earn this distinction, although in a rather dubious manner: The gunman who took Trauma 2 hostage on last Thursday's "ER" told Dr. Archie Gates (Scott Grimes) he was from the DuPage County bastion of sobriety.

A Wheaton gunman
forced Neela and
Archie to operate
on his girlfriend
Thursday on "ER."


Sometimes writers can go overboard with this stuff, as any loyal watcher of TBS's "My Boys" can attest. The series, which improbably stars Jordana Spiro as a Cubs beat writer who was able to attend Opening Day as a fan, doesn't pass up any opportunity to endear itself to us here in the Chicago area. I don't think I've said the phrase "Hoffman Estates" as many times in my life as Jim Gaffigan's character said it in the second season of the show. (His character moved there, and I live there.)

"My Boys" won't stop telling you it's
set in Chicago.


One of the strangest moments in my recent history came last November, when my girlfriend and I ended up sitting next to Jamie Kaler (first from left in the photo) at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in L.A. I told him I loved his show, and admitted that I, indeed, lived in Hoffman Estates. The look on his face was priceless.

Has your town ever been name-dropped in this fashion? I fondly remember going to see "Wayne's World" on opening weekend and hearing the cheers when the Empire Man showed up in the first scene, superimposed over a map that had Aurora and Wheeling labeled on it...

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