I was recently sent some crazy news and matching video by my car-chase crazed brother. The Dixie Square Mall, located outside Chicago and featured in one of the great movie car chases of all time in 1980's "The Blues Brothers", is being demolished. Actually, the mall was sorta demolished in 1979 during the actual filming of the chase sequence when more than a few cop cars tore through storefronts and indoor planters, wrecking the joint. The mall had closed a few months earlier but it never reopened after filming and has sat there, an empty shell of itself, for more than 20 years.
If you'd like to see what the mall looks like today, here's the aforementioned crazy video where some insane dude with his very own Bluesmobile strapped a digi-cam to the roof and drove into the mall to "recreate" some of the shots from the chase sequence. It's amazing this guy didn't pop a tire or something. But his stunt driving skills are pretty remarkable. Hmmm....I wonder if this his demo reel?
Bluesmobile Returns to Dixie Square Mall