Blockbuster Summer Awaits Movie Set Fans

There's a good chance you will cross paths with one of the many projects filming in Chicago this summer — especially if you work or live downtown. After all, there are three major-studio movies and five (possibly six) TV series scheduled to shoot in and around the city during that time. Rather than be one of those passersby who inevitably walks by the set and says things like, "They made an '80s toy line into a movie?" "Are they filming 'E.R.'?" or "What's a Channing Tatum?" why not prepare yourself for what could be one of the busiest summers of filming in Chicago history?

You'll be the envy of everyone on their smoke or lunch break and tourists who don't know what they're taking photos of.

First up is the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film "Divergent," starring Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants"), which began shooting in April and will wrap in mid- to late July. (Maybe you saw the housing project development they built in a field in the South Loop?). The movie based on the young-adult novels by Northwestern University alum Veronica Roth is set in a futuristic Chicago, so much of the filming has taken place on indoor sets at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West Side.

"Chicago doesn't look like it's been fully operational for hundreds of years in the story," said Chicago Film Office director

Rich Moskal. "Filming outdoors would be complicated, but they still managed to do some (filming outside), like on LaSalle and Madison (streets). They removed all kinds of street furniture, like light poles, and dressed it up to make it look decayed."

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