Credit Luis Arroyave, Chicago Tribune.

Update: August 23, 2013…They’re back the new “Transformers” movie began filming today at McCormick Place and will continue throughout the weekend in the Near East Side and Uptown neighborhoods–(at the Uptown Theatre, N. Broadway near Lawrence).

Although the filming is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. the major action will happen between 7 a.m.  and 10 a.m. both days and will include North Michigan Avenue, East Randolph Street, from North Stetson Avenue to North Field Boulevard, and South Columbus Drive, from East Jackson Drive to East Randolph Street. There will be helicopter filming above 500 feet near the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower on East Randolph.

The Transformers landed in Chicago on Saturday, July 10, 2010.  As of today, they have completed their first mission by successfully transforming Chicago’s LaSalle Street Financial District into a war zone and then back to its former self.  The clean-up was completed at 5:00a.m. this morning and the streets are open again with barely a clue of an Optimus Prime or Shockwave.


Followers looking for the action this week will have to head north to the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Filming will take place both inside and outside the museum.  Spectators must remain outside as the museum will be closed to the public on Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 13.

The crew of about 150 will be in Milwaukee to film mostly dialogue scenes–probably no pyrotechnics.  The fireworks have been postponed to late August when the crew will head to the Tower Automotive plant on the northside of Milwaukee.  This more exciting leg of filming is scheduled to take place after August 23 when the work in Chicago is completed.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is at 700 Art Museum Drive and the lakefront.  If you are coming from Chicago, take 94 out of the city to the outskirts of Milwaukee where you will take 794 to Exit 1F Lakefront (middle lane), merge into the right lane for Lincoln Memorial Drive and turn left. Turn right a Michigan Avenue and turn left on Art Museum Drive.  414 224 3200.

After the crew completes their work in Milwaukee, they return to Chicago causing more havoc, destruction and of course, street closings.  Most of this week’s action will take place Friday through Sunday when Michigan Avenue will be closed down between Wacker and Ontario. Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan will be in the center of the battle, with the Michigan Avenue bridge getting a destructive make-over.

On Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, watch for people falling from the sky between 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. along Hubbard between Clark and State.

Learn more about the background on Transformers 3.

See PHOTOS of what you missed from last week’s destruction in Chicago.

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