With special thanks to my pop-culture expert @angelkutty, I found out that Vince Vaughn was filming a pilot of a new TV show at The Choo Choo, a historic family restaurant in downtown Des Plaines, which was about 5 minutes from my place.  So I decided to take a chance and grabbed my gear to try to get a glimpse of Mr. Vaughn (or anyone else, for that matter).

I got there near the end of what seemed like their lunch break, and once they started getting set up again, security was pretty tight.
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois

These guys looked important :)
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois

People were sneaking around the 2nd floor of a parking garage to try to get a glimpse of Vince Vaughn
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois

Spoiler Alert! This is the part of the pilot where this vehicle drives in front of the Choo Choo.

chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois
chicago wedding photographer. Vince Vaughn TV Pilot at The Choo Choo in Des Plaines, Illinois

The sad news is that through all of this, there was no Vince Vaughn sighting- security said he left earlier in the day.  But it was still fun to get out and shoot a bit.  Locals asked if I was working with People or some magazine- kind of funny!  Sadly, a local wedding photographer gets no special access.  Ah well, if anything maybe this filming will keep the Choo Choo where it is for a long time coming!


Vince Vaughn at The Choo Choo

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