John Hughes is part of the American consciousness—heck, he might be part of the global consciousness. If you were a kid growing up in the 80s and early 90s, he described your adolescence and high school experience—I mean, if you happen to be white, and kind of nerdy, and grew up in the suburbs. So for those of us old enough to remember a time before the American Pie franchise—and even if you aren’t—let’s take a moment to celebrate that teenage touchstone: John Hughes. From Sixteen Candles to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to The Breakfast Club, come along with us to that magical, make-believe town of Shermer, Illinois.