Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Possible or Not?
Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron spend one amazing day ditching school, exploring the great city of Chicago and take time to visit many landmarks and take part in many exciting activities. The day depicted in the movie would be a great and exciting day for anyone, but is it possible for them to have done all of the things they did in one day? I believe it is reasonable to believe that Ferris and company may have been able to do all the things they did in the movie in one day. The first thing that needs to be looked at is where Ferris lives. Ferris most likely lives within 10 minutes of his school considering he lives in the Chicago area and there are many high schools, he wouldn't live too far
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Considering that these are teenagers they couldn't have been entertained by looking at the city from really high up for long. There are, of course, things to do on the sky deck of Sears Tower, but these were probably not too amusing to Ferris. Including time to take an elevator up 110 stories, I would estimate that Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane spent about 25 minutes at Sears Tower. This would make the time about 11 a.m. when they step out of Sears Tower. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where Ferris heads next, is less than 1/5th of a mile from Sears Tower. We can guess this took about 5 minutes and that they spent no more then 20 minutes in the stock exchange. These may seem like short time periods, but they were excited teenagers ditching school for a day in the big city and would not likely spend too much time in any one place when they wanted to see the entire city. Assuming these time intervals they would be leaving the stock exchange around 11:25 a.m. heading for the Art Institute of Chicago. It is approximately 1.3 miles from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to the Art Institute of Chicago. They probably spent the money to take a taxi this distance assuming they have spending money since they live in a fairly wealthy part of town. In a taxi driving downtown it could take about 5 minutes to travel this short distance. This makes it 11:30 a.m. when they arrive at