Home Alone 2 is the sequel to the massive Christmas Classic, Home Alone. In the sequel, all the main cast return, and see Kevin set loose on his own in New York City. This movie gives us a whole new list of classic locations to check out.
Home Alone House
The McCallister house from the first film is featured again in Home Alone 2. It isn’t used nearly as much, but is the exact same house. Once again the McCallister’s sleep in and nearly miss their flight.
Near the start of the film, a scene takes place at a school Christmas concert. This was filmed at an actual school in the same area of Chicago. The school hasn’t changed at all from filming.
Much like in the first film, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport was used to film scenes of the family rushing through the airport, trying to get to their flight. This is where Kevin gets separated and ends up on a flight to New York.
The Plaza Hotel
Once Kevin arrives in New York and realizes he’s on his own, he makes a reservation at the Plaza Hotel using his father’s credit card. As someone who works in the travel industry, I can tell you they took a lot of liberties in how the reservation was made. Kevin didn’t even mention what dates he wanted to stay. But based on movie magic, he did enough to check into the famous Plaza Hotel. The hotel’s exterior, lobby, and suite are all featured in the film.
The Twin Towers
During the Home Alone 2 montage of Kevin visiting famous New York landmarks, Kevin visits the twin towers.
Sadly destroyed on Sept 11th, 2001, you can no longer see these famous towers. You can still visit the site, which is now home to the Freedom Tower, as well as the 9/11 memorial.
Radio City Music Hall
Another landmark that Kevin visits is Radio City Music Hall. The famous theatre is part of the Rockefeller Center complex in Midtown Manhattan.
Duncan’s Toy Chest
Despite being depicted as being quite close to the Plaza Hotel, Duncan’s Toy Chest takes a big geographical liberty. The building is actually located in Chicago. Known as the Rookery Building, the exterior became the grand toy store.
The interiors of the store were actually filmed in the lobby of the Uptown Theater, also located in Chicago. The theatre is currently boarded up and not in use.
In the closing shots of the film, Kevin is reunited with his mom at Rockefeller Center, overlooking the famous Christmas Tree. This famous tree is set up every holiday season, usually debuting in late November. This is the only time you’ll ever see only 2 people in the Rockefeller Plaza.
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