Chicago builds on record location filming year

Chicago is building on a record year of location filming by hosting ten TV shows through this summer and autumn.

Chicago is building on a record year of location filming by hosting ten TV shows through this summer and autumn.

The city hosted nearly 600 “media projects” throughout 2017 leading to a record number of production days that reached nearly 2,500, according to the city’s official figures.

Chicago builds on record location filming year
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Overall, the Chicago Film Office saw a 10% increase in the number of location filming permits issued compared to the previous year.

Monster movie Rampage – starring Dwayne Johnson – and director Steve McQueen’s upcoming crime thriller Widows, were among the high-profile features to shoot scenes on location in Chicago in 2017.

In the coming months Chicago will host TV series including social dramas The Chi and Easy, both of which are set in the city, as well as popular returning shows Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med.

Illinois offers a 30% filming incentive that has no annual cap. Chicago nonetheless has an up-and-down relationship with big-budget Hollywood shoots, frequently losing out to Detroit or Toronto.

Rampage filmed scenes in Chicago but then built parts of the city as sets at an Atlanta studio for sequences where the movie’s monsters are shown devastating the city.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Illinois.

Main page image: FreeImages.com/Naaykon

Chicago builds on record location filming year
The Chi

Chicago is building on a record year of location filming by hosting ten TV shows through this summer and autumn.

The city hosted nearly 600 “media projects” throughout 2017 leading to a record number of production days that reached nearly 2,500, according to the city’s official figures.

Overall, the Chicago Film Office saw a 10% increase in the number of location filming permits issued compared to the previous year.

Monster movie Rampage – starring Dwayne Johnson – and director Steve McQueen’s upcoming crime thriller Widows, were among the high-profile features to shoot scenes on location in Chicago in 2017.

In the coming months Chicago will host TV series including social dramas The Chi and Easy, both of which are set in the city, as well as popular returning shows Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med.

Illinois offers a 30% filming incentive that has no annual cap. Chicago nonetheless has an up-and-down relationship with big-budget Hollywood shoots, frequently losing out to Detroit or Toronto.

Rampage filmed scenes in Chicago but then built parts of the city as sets at an Atlanta studio for sequences where the movie’s monsters are shown devastating the city.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Illinois.

Main page image: FreeImages.com/Naaykon

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