Monday, 23 November 2015

Out and About: Chasing the Screen in Chicago


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At the end of our Chicago-themed week we are getting up close and personal with the city. I visited the Windy City just a week ago and went on a stroll through TV and movie history. While at first thought it is New York and L.A. that come to mind when we think about filming locations, Chicago is actually a very popular spot - on screen and off. The avid watcher that I am, I wanted to see where my favourites were made and went on a location hunt. Below I share some of my Chicago favourites with a screen shot of the actual scene taking place and me doing my best to recreate it:


E.R.:

Without a doubt Emergency Room (1994 - 2009) is one of my favourite shows of all time, so when I got the chance to be in the city where it was set, of course some ER related sightseeing was on my agenda. While the show was mostly shot at the WB Studios in L.A., the cast and crew came out to Chicago for a number of location shots over the years. The fictional County General Hospital was supposed to be an inner city hospital, so a lot of prominent sights in Chicago's "Loop" made it into the show over the years. Also the elevated inner city metro "L" was a prominent feature of the show, where a lot of scenes took place within the 15-year time span of the series. While some locations have slightly changed, you can still see they're the real deal.


© WB | Source: its filmed here

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© WB | Source: its filmed here
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© WB | Source: its filmed here
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Chicago Fire:

Although a more recent addition to my viewing schedule, Chicago Fire immediately captivated me. Human bonds and extensive story lines of catastrophe are what makes the show work, just not in a medical setting like ER, but in a Chicago fire house. They were actually filming the show on location somewhere while I was there, but it was too far out for me to make that journey. So I just had to make due with visiting the original fire house, that actually is the home to the real engine 51 and ambulance 61.


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Sense8:

Earlier this year I wrote a review on the Netflix Original Sense8. While the show does have many flaws, it still has a lot of visual appeal. There are impressive scenic shots of the cities where the show was shot at and Chicago features prominently in the first episode, centered on Will Grotzki. Here is one picture from the show's theme of the Jelly Bean.





Ferris Bueller's Day Off:

Man, haven't we all wanted to take a day off to play hookie like Ferris Bueller? And in a city such as Chicago at that! Well, there are a lot of Chicagoan places featured in Ferris Bueller, but a lot of them are also expensive to get to, so here"s my attempt at recreating the gang entering the Art Institute of Chicago.


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