"Chicago Fire" crews will be continuing to shoot in Bucktown

Date: 
03/21/2014
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NBC (National Broadcasting Company) announced that they are renewing both Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for another season, meaning that Bucktown streets will continue to see film crews. 

“These two shows have become job creators all by themselves,” said Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office. “Now that they can produce another season of episodes, they will provide steady work for hundreds of people, from actors to electricians, drivers, construction workers and many more.”

In 2013, local spending for these two shows totaled $87 million. That is about a quarter of the film industry’s overall record $358 million spending statewide, according to estimates by the film office, which is part of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 

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David Eigenberg, firefighter Christopher Herrmann in "Chicago Fire," is a Bucktown resident who attended a BCO School Education event at Pulaski School

The state courted film, television and commercial productions with Governor Quinn committing early state support to the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Quinn signed a 10-year extension of the Illinois Film Tax Credit in 2011 and Cinespace opened in May 2011 on the former site of a Ryerson Steel plant. It has 18 sound stages with plans for another 12. At its completion in 2015 the total cost will be $80 million. 

Expected to be completed this spring on part of the 50-acre parcel is a backlot. That will be the only one east of Hollywood. Adding to that will be a water tank stage, expected to bring productions here that never thought of coming to Chicago. 

Located at 2621 W. 15th Place, the campus has become the largest soundstage in the United States outside of Hollywood. Though Nick Mirkopoulos, 71, the Cinestage Chicago owner and founder who also had four large full-service stage complexes in Ontario, Canada, died in December 2013, the business is run by two of his brothers and nephews in Toronto, with nephew Alex Pissios heading up Cinespace Chicago.

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