'Groundhog Day' is a fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. Phil Connors is assigned to cover the story about the annual Groundhog Day event that is about the emergence of the groundhog from its hole. The next day when he wakes up, Phil realizes it is the same Groundhog Day yet again.
Phil soon begins to exploit this situation to his advantage but later realizes that he might never be able to get out of this vicious cycle until he gets certain things done correctly. The repeated locations where Phil lives the same day again and again only make one more curious about the actual filming locations of 'Groundhog Day.'
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'Groundhog Day' was shot in Illinois, California, and Pennsylvania, particularly in Woodstock, Algonquin, Waukegan, Cary, Loves Park, Los Angeles County, Pittsburgh, and Blairsville. According to sources, the majority of the film's photography for the Bill Murray starrer began in mid-March 1992, but finished after around 86 days or so, in June of the same year.
The production crew reportedly used fake snow to maintain the winter setting while the actors wore winter gear despite the hot weather. Now, let's follow Phil as he recounts the same day again and again, and get a detailed look at all the specific sites that feature in the comedy film!
Illinois' Woodstock is a town in Woodstock.
The filming location for Woodstock, a town in Illinois' McHenry County, was located at 344 Fremont Street, where several scenes, including Phil's daily encounter with insurance salesman Ned Ryerson, were shot.
The Tip Top Cafe, which is featured several times throughout the film, was conceived specifically for the film. However, it gained so much popularity that it resulted in a real-life cafe around the same location, The Tip Top Bistro. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed its doors permanently in 2012.
Wayne's Lanes at 109 East Church Street, where the bowling scenes were shot, the Old Jail, the Woodstock Moose Lodge at 406 Clay Street, and 348 South Madison Street are some of the film's highlights.
Other Illinois Locations
The production team of 'Groundhog Day' visited other Illinois communities for shooting. For instance, the opening scene with the Punxsutawney sign was shot at 5300 Nimtz Road in Loves Park. Other important locations include Rockford and Waukegan, and the village of Cary.
California's Los Angeles County
The cast and crew members took the lead in Los Angeles County, California and the United States, where the most populous county is located. The backlot area includes a number of sound stages, including alleys, brownstone street, Central Park, European Street, and other locations.
Pennsylvania is a state of the art.
The filming crew reportedly utilized the towns of Pittsburgh and Blairsville as production locations for a few exterior scenes for 'Groundhog Day.'