“The Blues Brothers” and how Jane Byrne opened the door for film in Chicago

Matt Bubala

In 1980, Mayor Jane Byrne accepts a check for $50,000 from Dan Aykroyd, left, and John Belushi in her office on behalf of the cast and crew of their film “The Blues Brothers” and Universal Studios. The donation was for children’s and charitable organizations. (Ernie Cox Jr., / Chicago Tribune)

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Matt Bubala looks at a Chicago Tribune article chronicling “The Blues Brothers” and how late mayor Jane Byrne allowed Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to make the film in the city of Chicago, breaking with previous administrations’ aversion to film making.  The city and surrounding area became a character in the film, and planted the seeds for Chicago to become a production destination.

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