Chicago on the Small Screen – Shows of Today

by Michael Keating

Chicago on the Small Screen – Shows of Today

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Oprah left and so did Jerry Springer, but Chicago has replaced talk shows with exciting dramas; several television programs have been and continue to be shot in our amazing city. Besides the tremendous win by the Cubs, there’s quite a bit to celebrate in the nation’s third largest city. Dick Wolf has created an enormous spotlight on Chicago, with the recent milestone of 100 episodes of Chicago Fire.

Four NBC franchise shows are now based in and filmed here: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, with scenes shot at Cinespace Studio and Rush University Medical Center and now Chicago Justice. Set to air in early 2017, the latest installment of series featuring Chicago’s servicemen and women will focus on those that interpret and apply the law. Advertisements on their website announce, “Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice.”

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Empire is mid-season right now. Well over one hundred actors from Chicago play significant roles in the show. Some hail from institutions such as Second City and others have been performers on the Steppenwolf Theatre’s stage. The show features not only talent from the city, but also popular locations within the city, filming scenes on location here, in Cinespace Studios, which is in the North Lawndale neighborhood, as well as Los Angeles.

According to an article last year by dnainfo, Empire “is predominantly shot at Cinespace, 2621 W. 15th Place in North Lawndale. The show runners have dressed up Chicago locations as New York hot spots, including such local favorites as Sunda, Empty Bottle, RPM Steak, Tortoise Club and Blue Line Lounge and Grill. They’ve also made stops at Cook County Jail, St. Ignatius Chapel, the Hilton Downtown and the Bronzeville neighborhood.”

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Another series scheduled to premier on FOX in early February is APB, which promises to be a “new police drama with a high-tech twist”. Filmed and set in Chicago, the protagonists aim to create a technology informed crime-fighting team in the 13th district. Early reviews are predicting an exciting first season and comparisons to Robocop are circulating. Check out the trailer here

Reviews on The Exorcist starring Geena Davis are fairly strong. Part of the horror franchise of the same name from the early 1970s, the show delivers thrills on a level that American Horror Story aspires to and generates suspense unlike any other network program on at the moment. Quality special effects contribute to the tension of the narrative as well. In an interview with E!News Online, the star of the beloved League of Their Own remarks, “It’s in a world where the events of the movie took place, but now it’s forty-something years later and something’s happening again. I just love scary stuff.” Don’t we all?! Probably as much as we adore her.

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Chicagoans may also delight in seeing their city on Amazon’s Patriot. calls it “a gleefully deranged, dark comedy thriller.” The show is a solid 4 out of 5 stars based on the nearly four thousand reviews on Amazon’s website, and viewers are eager for the next season’s release. A political thriller with Terry O’Quinn (Locke from Lost) is sure to keep us on the edge of our seats.

Other shows shot in Chicago include Shameless on Showtime with William H. Macy, Sense8, and Ozark, which stars Jason Bateman . The latter two can be caught streaming on Netflix.

The best source on when and where to catch the crews and casts of the above television shows is a twitter feed: Filming in Chicago @filming_chicago, which is a side hobby of one of our fine residents. Part of the reason television producers are filming here, as if the architecture and talent aren’t enough, are the financial incentives.

In December of 2008 the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act, which offers producers a credit of 30% of all qualified expenditures, including post-production.  The Illinois Film Tax Credit will not sunset until May 2021, and is renewable in 5-year increments, thereafter.  The goal of the Tax Credit Act is to attract local vendors, union leaders and filmmakers to the Illinois film industry in order to promote growth and job opportunities.

In addition, the tax credit aims to stimulate diversity in production hiring. For questions about the Illinois Film Services Tax Credit please contact Cesar.Lopez@Illinois.Gov. Additionally, information on shooting in Chicago such as scouting out locations, permits, and procedures can be found here and the Chicago Film Office.

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Interested in the industry? Whether you’d like to be in front of the camera or as part of the crew, check this or this out.

A few years ago, Derek Haas, creator and co-producer of the Chicago franchise did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit. When asked about using consultants to emulate realism and actual standard operating procedures, Haas replied that both the CFD Deputy District Chief Steve Chikerotis and Michele Martinez, a CFD paramedic, contributed to the beginnings of stories as well as technical language and practices. Haas says that Chikerotis, now retired, “has decades of smoke-eating under his belt and is truly one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet.”

Another redditor appreciates the use of real sirens, which contributes to the authenticity of the program. To which Haas replies, “We drive our sound department crazy. We shoot everything on location in Chicago and there is always ambient noise messing with audio. Our guys are great though… and kudos to them for capturing the feel of Chicago and the CFD.” Amidst that ambient noise are our cheers for having a city that we can share through the small screen in a big way.

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Chicago Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

by Christine Hadley

Chicago Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving dinner can be a lot of work, especially if it’s just for a couple people. Sometimes preparing a big feast can be stressful and it can take away from the time families should be spending together. If you’re looking to have a relaxing/stress-free holiday, there are plenty of restaurants offering their own twist on Thanksgiving. Skip the mess this year and enjoy your company!

Here are a few places that will be open on Thanksgiving:

Wilde Bar & Restaurant

3130 N Broadway

Lady Gregory’s

5260 N Clark

These restaurants are offering a 4-course prix fixe menu for $42. This includes butternut squash bisque, holiday salad, featured entrees with sides (turkey, salmon, New York strip steak), and dessert (pumpkin pie, toffee pudding).

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Drew’s on Halsted

3201 N Halsted

$49 for a four course meal at this Lakeview restaurant. Appetizers include lobster bisque, beef skewer, duck confit risotto, butternut squash ravioli. For salads, there’s mixed gathered greens and arugula roasted beet goat cheese salad. Main courses include turkey, fish du jour, farfalle pasta, New York strip steak, pork chops and a vegan vegetable plate. Last but not least, dessert options include apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, white chocolate dried cherry bread pudding and chocolate molten lava cake.

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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

3700 N Halsted

Available November 23rd to 25th

The Club is giving a 50 percent discount off martinis and cocktails, and 33 percent discount off the dinner tab with a canned good donation. These donations support Heartland Health Outreach. The Thanksgiving meal includes a martini, salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart. This meal is $50 without a donation and $25 with canned good donations.

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The Signature Room

875 N Michigan

If you’re looking to celebrate in elegance, with stunning city views, this is the place for you. This unique experience is $80 for adults and $35 for children. At this price you’ll get sparkling wine and a buffet of seafood, soups and salads. The entrees include turkey, scallops and lamb chops with classic sides. The best part of all, you’ll finish the night with a dessert buffet.

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Hard Rock Café

63 W Ontario

$27 for adults, $12.95 for kids – Dinner includes turkey, garlic smashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry jam, cinnamon pumpkin pie. Come by after the parade to see Santa and Mrs. Claus!

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Bub City

435 N Clark

For $17 per person, you’ll enjoy hickory-smoked turkey breast, homemade cornbread and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberries. Bub City is also offering a Thanksgiving carryout menu for your convenience.

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Parson’s Chicken and Fish

2952 W Armitage

Thanksgiving for 2 – to go!

Pre-order this dinner for two for $50. This carry-out option allows you to lounge at home in your comfy clothes. This meals includes 1 whole fried amish chicken, 2 pieces green chile cornbread, 1pt tomato and bacon braised green beans, 1pt Thanksgiving elotes, 1 qt mashed potatoes with gravy. If that isn’t enough, you can pay a little more for some optional extras.

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Furious Spoon

Wicker Park location – 1571 N Milwaukee

Furious Spoon will be helping those in need on Thanksgiving by giving away free bowls of ramen! (11 A.M. to 4 P.M or until they run out)

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If you like any of these options, call and make your reservation today! Also, if you plan on being downtown, don’t forget about the Thanksgiving Parade!

And have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! Hope everyone has a stress-free holiday!

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