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Cost of moving: Hollywood in Illinois

Ferris Bueller and friends surveyed Chicago from the top of the Sears Tower in John Hughes' classic film.

Ferris Bueller and friends surveyed Chicago from the top of the Sears Tower in John Hughes' classic film.

California may be home to Hollywood, but there's more than just corn and soybeans in the Prairie State. Illinois has served as the backdrop for a number of movies and TV shows. If you're interested in making a permanent home in one of its famous locales, you won't need an entire production crew - just a moving company and a destination.

Fans of the 1980s classic The Blues Brothers will remember John Belushi's character Jake Blues, a.k.a. Joliet Jake, so named because of his time spent in the city's historic correctional institution. The prison was built in 1858, but shut its doors in 2002 due to budget cuts and the age of the facility. Still, the prison carried on its Hollywood tradition, serving as the location for the Fox television series Prison Break and the 2006 comedy flop Let's Go To Prison, starring perennial sidemen Dax Shepard and Will Arnett in unfortunate leading roles. Homes in the area are very affordable, as well, with a median value of $145,000, according to a recent CNN analysis.

Bill Murray, himself a native of the state, once took a turn as a curmudgeonly TV weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over again in the early '90s hit Groundhog Day. Though the movie took place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, much of it was actually filmed in rural Woodstock, Illinois. The production crews took over the whole town square, running cable across rooftops and changing storefronts to suit the movie's needs. Once crews left, life returned to normal. Today, the median home sales price in this quaint town is roughly $107,000, according to Trulia.

Of course, the city of Chicago has been the site of hundreds if not thousands of films over the years, from 1896's The Tramp and the Dog to the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight. Perhaps no film in recent memory, however, captured the fun and adventure of a day on the town better than John Hughes' 1986 ode to high school delinquency, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

In the movie, charismatic rebel Ferris Bueller, accompanied by melancholic best friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloan, "borrow" a vintage Ferrari and head from their north suburban homes - where Trulia says home prices can top $1 million or more - to the Windy City, where they take in a Cubs game, check out the Art Institute of Chicago and gaze down at the world from the skydeck at the Sears Tower, now called Willis Tower.