Is Duncan's Toy Chest a Real Place? New York Filming Location for 'Home Alone 2' Revealed

In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself wondering around the city, he does what any rational 9-year-old would do, he goes in search of the biggest toy store in the city.

He stumbles upon the now iconic Duncan's Toy Chest in the center of New York City (NYC) where he meets the adorable and philanthropic owner Mr. Duncan (Eddie Bracken).

With trampolines, gadgets galore and plenty of Christmas decorations, if the huge toy store in the middle of New York seemed to good to be true, that's because it might just be. Here's all the behind the scenes secrets of how the makers of Home Alone 2 made Duncan's Toy Chest one of the most desirable locations in the world.

Is Duncan's Toy Chest a real place?

Though the set looks completely real, unfortunately Duncan's Toy Chest is fake, and it is not a real place in New York or any other city.

That's not to say you couldn't visit NYC and be amazed inside a mega toy store. Duncan's Toy Chest is based on the FAO Schwartz store. Formerly on Fifth Avenue, the store provided the setting for the famous Tom Hanks piano scene in the movie Big. FAO Schwartz relocated to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in 2015.

Filming Locations for Duncan's Toy Chest

While the fictional Duncan's Toy Chest was based in New York City, the exterior shots in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York were actually filmed at a famous building in Chicago.

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The Rookery building in Chicago as seen in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" in 1992 and (right) how the Rookery building looks today. 20th Century Fox / Google Images

The Rookery, found on 209 S LaSalle St, was dressed up to look like an impressive toy store for the movie. Today the building features lots of businesses with a US Bank and a Brooks Brothers standing out on the ground floor. The Rookery was also used in the 1987 movie The Untouchables.

The interior shots of the store were filmed in the Uptown Theater in Chicago. It closed as a theater in 1981 and has since been used in a number of movies including Home Alone 2, Backdraft and I Love Trouble.

Other filming locations for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

The entire movie was filmed across Chicago and New York, despite the majority of the story being based in NYC.

Donald Trump's infamous cameo in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel was a stipulation for him allowing the filmmakers to shoot there. Director Christopher Columbus told Insider that since Trump owned the Plaza Hotel at the time, he said he'd only let them film there if he could be in the movie too.

Columbus claims he was going to cut the scene but test audiences cheered at his appearance. Macaulay Culkin has since endorsed a petition to have Trump's cameo removed from the movie.

Other filming locations include the World Trade Center, the New York Subway and Central park, while in Chicago, scenes were shot in the Hilton Hotel (the room interiors of the Plaza Hotel) and at O'Hare International Airport.

You can find the full list of the New York locations and where to find them here.

There have now been six movies in the Home Alone franchise, with the latest, Home Sweet Home Alone, now available to watch on Disney+.

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Audiences petitioned for Donald Trump's cameo in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" to be cut from the movie. 20th Century Studios