2017 Sets Record for TV and Films Produced in Chicago

Chicago just finished a record year for film and TV production and 2018 is looking good. The mayor’s office says that 580 projects–including eight full-season TV series and parts of two others–totaled 2,404 production days. That translates to $423 million in salaries and other expenditures. The Chicago Film Office issued 2,127 permits, a 10 percent increase over 2016. TV shows renewed to film here in 2018 include FOX’s “Empire,” Netflix’s “Easy” by director Joe Swanberg, and Showtime’s “The Chi,” “Electric Dream” and “Shameless,” back for its seventh consecutive season. (Curbed Chicago)



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Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at nancybishopsjournal.com, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.

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