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What Did Ferris Bueller Really Do on His Day Off? A Full Guide to His Crazy Adventures

Ferris fit a lot into his day off — but what exactly did that day consist of?

Over the years, people have attempted to create their own version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, skipping a day of work or school and doing the things that they’d never take the time to indulge in. But what exactly did Ferris Bueller do on that fateful day? These Ferris Bueller’s Day Off facts will fill you in on just how much fun he and his friends had.

Portrayed by Matthew Broderick, Ferris is a popular high school student who goes to extreme lengths to skip school — even though he knows that if he gets caught, it could mean suspension. And being found out is a real possibility given that school principle Ed Rooney will do anything he can to stop Ferris’ scheme.

In this classic 1986 John Hughes film, Ferris takes a journey through the streets of Chicago, accomplishing anything and everything he can fit into one day of fun, whether it be taking an expensive car for a joyride, attending a sporting event or singing in a parade.

As Ferris warns us, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it — so keep reading!

1. Taking a joyride in a Ferrari: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off facts

three kids in a car
Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The first thing on Ferris’ bucket list for his day off was for he and his friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck), to take the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder — the prize possession of Cameron’s father — and go for a joyride. The duo go for a (long) spin and then head to pick up Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), from school.

2. The trio head to Sears Tower

A successful day off wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a landmark! Ferris, Cameron and Sloane decide to climb to the top of Sears Tower, where they spend a few minutes looking out over the city.

3. Then they stop at Chez Quis: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off facts

There’s nothing like a fancy lunch at a fancy restaurant on your day off… especially if it’s under the name of Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago. The crew takes over Froman’s reservation and enjoy a nice lunch, while also just narrowly avoiding Ferris’ father.

4. Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The trio hop in a cab and it’s off to a Cub’s game at Wrigley Field. The gang stays for quite a while and Ferris ends up catching a foul ball.

5. Pit stop at a museum: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off facts

It’s another cab ride as they head over to the Art Institute of Chicago. While at the museum, they join a line of children walking hand-in-hand and take a long, hard look at all of the paintings.

6. Ferris and friends crash a parade

After spending some time at the art institute, Ferris and company decide to crash the Von Steuben Day Parade. And not only do they join the festivities, but Ferris puts on a whole performance for the audience, lip-syncing to The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” and Wayne Newton’s “Danke Schoen” on one of the floats.

7. Bye-bye Ferrari: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off facts

Once Cameron realizes how many miles they’ve racked up on his father’s Ferrari, he has a meltdown, fearing the world of trouble he’s in. But when they get back to his house, Cameron flips out — furious at the lack of caring his father shows towards him, which actually seems reserved for the vehicle — and repeatedly kicks the car. But what he didn’t expect was that the car would roll backwards, crash through the window and fall a few stories below. No more Ferrari.

8. Ferris makes it home just in time

After an incredible day of fun Ferris makes a run for it to get home on time before his parents discover that he’s not lying sick in bed, which is where they left him. While running through the streets, he (literally) runs into his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and his mother in their car, but only Jeanie sees him.

Jeanie tries to catch up to him, but gets pulled over for speeding. Luckily, he makes it back home just in time to beat his parents and prevent them from learning about Ferris Bueller’s day off.

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