It's lights, camera action as Chicago, once again, takes center stage this summer for the filming of some blockbuster movies and network television series. It looks like Chicago is on track for another record year in film and television production with numbers for this summer alone expected to generate over $50 million in economic development.
Two of the blockbuster productions that bring Hollywood to Chicago this July and August are "Jupiter Ascending" and "Transformers 4".
Warner Bros science fiction epic “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and directed by Chicagoans Andy and Lana Wachowski (creators of Matrix films) is filming here now. The rumor mill is buzzing that “Jupiter Ascending” will be filming today from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood in an area bounded by Clark on the west and Dearborn on the east between Schiller on the north and Goethe on the south.
Director Michael Bay and crew will be heading to the Windy City this August and September for the sure to be action-packed "Transformers 4," starring Mark Wahlberg from Paramount Studios. When “Transformers” returns for its next installment of high octane Autobot vs. Decepticon the action is expected to once again take place in and around the Michigan Ave. retail and business districts. You may remember the hoopla in 2010 when the final battle sequence of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was filmed in the area near Wacker Dr. and Michigan Avenue, literally transforming it with low flying helicopters, stunts and destruction.
In addition to the movies filming in Chicago, six network television series will be filmed entirely in Chicago this summer and fall. Those include, “Chicago Fire” NBC (season 2), “Chicago PD” NBC (spin-off of Chicago Fire), “Crisis” (new for NBC), “Betrayal” (new for ABC), “Mind Games” (new for ABC) and “Sirens” (new for USA).
Residents and businesses near the filming locations will receive notification from the film production companies of any street closures, parking restrictions, or other impacts related to the film shoots. Although the city and studios do not like to announce the times and locations for filming, city officials do provide public updates on road closures associated with the production which can provide clues as to when and where you can catch the action.
The Chicago Film Office, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is another place to get information on current and upcoming productions of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and other forms of local screen entertainment.
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