Illinois is rapidly becoming a top state to shoot in, with Chicago obviously becoming its main filming attraction. The film industry generated more than $350m in spending in the state last year, a lot more than in 2012. The number of film and television projects filmed in Chicago, jumped 20% in 2013 to a total of 2198 filming days, according to the Chicago Film Office.
This film office is not alone in representing the city's film offering, there is also an Illinois Film Office, created in 1975, which also aims to attract film, television, video and cable productions to Illinois and promote the growth of this industry.
Aside from very interesting tax incentives, as a state, Illinois offers a gentle landscape of vast rich farmlands, glacial plains, hills and valleys plus the big city attraction and skyscrapers of Chicago.
In Chicago, there are currently six full-time TV series shooting simultaneously and in 2013, city hosted three studio features shot back-to-back and 137 commercials.
The expansion of Cinespace Studios and the endorsement of two popular series, NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago PD clearly contributed to the city's success. Other television series which shot in the capitol during 2013 include ABC's Mind Games and Betrayal, as well as USA produced series Sirens.
Feature films that shot in Illinois in 2013 include Divergent, Jupiter Ascending and Transformers 4 - all of which will be released in 2014.
Permits can be obtained directly from the local authorities, you can ask the Illinois Film Office for information on who to approach.
In Chicago permits are issued by the City of Chicago for the purpose of filming on the public way (streets, sidewalks, alleys, etc). Processing time is determined by the scope of the request – however, most permits require a minimum of 48 business hours to process.
Since 2011, Chicago has a 1.2 million square-foot studio complex entitled the Cinespace complex and includes 18 stages. State officials say it is the largest in the country outside of Hollywood.