Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with Chicago museum leadership, today announced for one night only, select Chicago museums will be open late for visitors under the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative as the city moves to Phase 5, Friday, June 11. The move to fully reopen the city makes Chicago the largest city in the … Continue reading “Open Chicago Night at the Museums this Friday night”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the launch of Open Chicago, the latest initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. Open Chicago’s initial programming will feature activated, re-imagined, and pop-up spaces for Chicago residents to enjoy. These spaces will either build on ongoing Chicago traditions, are expanded from programs that launched last year, or … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces the launch of Open Chicago”
The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, announced today its selections for their Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St. The Festival opens Thursday, April 21st with Abner Benaim’s heartbreaking tale about Panama’s class and racial divides, Plaza Catedral. The Festival’s Centerpiece selection, Ángeles Cruz’s feature … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings”
Connatix, a leading video technology company for publishers and advertisers, announced the hiring of Mike Renfro as Head of the Midwest Region. Renfro is tasked with establishing a new office in Chicago for Connatix, servicing the company’s existing and new agency and client partnerships. A strategic marketing, sales, and ad tech professional, Renfro joins Connatix … Continue reading “Connatix opens Chicago office and hires digital advertising veteran”
The Chicago International Film Festival announced the opening night film at its Opening Night at the Drive-In presentation, and more highlights of the 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year, the Festival expands to venues across Chicago, including AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; and the Gene Siskel Film Center; … Continue reading “The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film”
Chicago native Gary Marlon Suson, an FDNY Hon. Battalion Chief who served 7 months as the official photographer at Ground Zero for the FDNY is donating a large cache of his image collection for the 9/11 Museum set to open at Barrington High School in Illinois. The opening on September 10, 2021 will honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks … Continue reading “9/11 Museum to open in Chicago area”
Following a successful first year, ONE School, the groundbreaking free portfolio school for Black creatives, has opened applications for its Fall 2021 programs run out of Atlanta and Chicago. The results-oriented online program has already made a substantial contribution to adding diversity to the industry: six cohorts run out of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and … Continue reading “ONE School opens applications for Fall in Chicago”
Wilson Sporting Goods Co. celebrates the grand opening of its first-ever retail location today in its hometown of Chicago. Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the new Wilson store “kicked off” at 932 N. Rush Street with executives, Wilson Advisory Staff members and influential Chicagoans present. “With 108 years of history here in Chicago, it was only right that we start … Continue reading “Wilson Sporting Goods opens first retail store in Chicago”
Lobeline Communications, a top Hollywood entertainment public relations firm that has worked with stars like Brad Pitt and Van Morrison, expands to the Midwest market with the opening of its newest office in Chicago. Leading the Midwest office is Hollywood publicist and innovator Shaun Kimbrow who has managed publicity efforts for many of the country’s most prominent brands and … Continue reading “Top Hollywood PR firm opens Chicago office”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announces July 3rd fireworks along the lakefront to kick off Independence Day Weekend. The event will also act as a celebration for Chicagoans whose diligence in following public health guidance has allowed City leaders to safely and fully re-open under Mayor Lightfoot’s “Open Chicago” initiative. In place of Navy Pier Fireworks, … Continue reading “July 3rd fireworks to Celebrate Chicago’s Reopening”
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details for City programs previously announced as part of “Open Culture” — just one component of the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. … Continue reading “Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs”
This Friday, June 4, is the exclusive Chicago streaming engagement of Monuments, from local filmmaker and Gene Siskel Film Center alum Jack C. Newell (Open Tables, 42 Grams), and Chicago Producer, Angie Gaffney (Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance). The road film, featuring many Chicago landmarks and faces, stars David Sullivan (Primer, Flaked, Sharp Objects) as a college … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers’ Monuments opens at Siskel Center”
“Open Culture” signals the reopening of summer events in Chicago’s diverse and legendary cultural scene with music, dance, public art, markets, and more at Millennium Park and venues citywide. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago’s cultural community announced “Open Culture” — the next phase … Continue reading “Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, DCASE, and the Chicago Park District announced “Arts 77” — a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million to support local artists and organizations. Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in … Continue reading “Chicago Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that the City is reopening its ever-popular Chicago Riverwalk for the use of residents and visitors. Starting today, the City will begin a phased-in approach to vendor reopening, allowing for full service by the end of May. In accordance with guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), social … Continue reading “Chicago Riverwalk reopens today to residents and visitors”
The City of Chicago announced today that the new state of the art firehouse designated as Engine Company 115 is open for immediate operations. Located at 1024 West 119th street, this structure is the largest firehouse ever constructed in the city proper at 27,000 square feet. Engine company 115 will house 2 Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 2 … Continue reading “Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations”
Production Resource Group, LLC. (PRG), known for its technological innovations and production support for TV/Film, live entertainment, and events has announced it has opened a new digital studio in the McCook area of Chicago, adding to its network of studios in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, and Orlando. Through these studios, PRG is continuing to support brands, artists, designers, creators, and … Continue reading “PRG opens digital studio in Chicago”
It’s time to eat like you give a shake and stand up for change. Created by the team at Veggie Grill, Stand-Up Burgers, the 100 percent plant-based fast-casual restaurant serving up indulgently bold burgers, fries and shakes will open two locations in Chicago in late spring. CHICAGO #1(OPENING APRIL 2021)614 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60657 CHICAGO #2(OPENING … Continue reading “Plant-Based, Stand-up Burgers is opening in Chicago”
NBC 5 Chicago/WMAQ, Telemundo Chicago/WSNS and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will present their Project Innovation grant challenge in Chicago for a fourth consecutive year when grant applications open on January 8, 2021. Local nonprofits that are helping to move communities forward by encouraging a culture of equity and inclusion, creating pathways for individuals to … Continue reading “NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago grant applications are open”
Born to Be follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City-where, for the first time ever, all transgender and non-binary people have access to quality gender affirming health and surgical care. CTMS is Mount Sinai’s large, interdisciplinary transgender health … Continue reading “Transgender doc ‘Born to Be’ opens in Chicago 11.20”
Applications are now open for the 2021 cycle of the Chicago Film Office’s Chicago Independent Producers Lab. Participating producers will have the chance to work with industry professionals to grow their network and expertise in different areas of independent film producing. Full Spectrum Features and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recognize producers … Continue reading “Applications open for Chicago Independent Producers Lab”
Macy’s is reopening to customers and communities in the Chicago area, offering a curated assortment of must-have beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the perfect items to click and pick-up, just in time for Father’s Day. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidance, select Macy’s stores will be open to the … Continue reading “Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area”
Following several days of violent protests, the City of Chicago restores access to the Central Business District to prepare for cautious reopening. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced restored access to the Central Business District and Loop, to prepare the city for reopening on June 3. While full access to the area will be reintroduced … Continue reading “City of Chicago prepares for cautious reopening”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan – will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago”
The 2020 Chicago Irish Film Festival kicks off with the US premiere of Guns & Rosaries, the 2019 documentary directed by award winning BBC filmmaker Peter Kelly, February 27 at Chicago’s Theatre on the Lake. Narrated by Martin Sheen, Guns & Rosaries is a “fascinating documentary about Father Patrick Peyton, the Irish-American priest who brought … Continue reading “21st annual Chicago Irish Film Festival opens February 27”
The gear and education expo brings equipment expertise, and community together at Cinespace on September 7-8 A portion of the curriculum for this year’s Filmscape Chicago was announced today, and if registration goes anything like the event’s predecessor, classes are going to fill up quickly. Although technically an inaugural run, Filmscape is actually an updated … Continue reading “Filmscape Chicago open for registration”
Artists with “varying levels of experience” encouraged to apply for grants ranging up to $18K by March 25 The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF) application period will open this Friday, February 15! Grants are awarded in amounts of up to $20,000 to artists and filmmakers in the Chicagoland area whose work encourages social change. … Continue reading “Chicago Digital Media Production Fund open for biz”
Opening night of the Chicago Latino Film Festival delivered every sight, sound, taste, and emotion that a cinematic soiree should. Beginning with the Chicago premiere of writer / director Raúl Marchand’s hilarious and nostalgic Broche de Oro: Comienzos, the evening showcased all the vibrancy and excitement that makes Latino culture such an excellent part of … Continue reading “Opening night excitement at Chicago Latino Film Fest”
Chicago’s media and entertainment industry has acquired an international flavor with the official opening this week of the Chicago office of Carbon VFX, the London-headquartered design and effects division of Whitehouse Post.
“If you build it they will come” is the plan for the recently opened Champaign County Film Office the only other official state film office outside of Chicago.
The Film Office, in the person of Terri Reifsteck, is part of the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau, of which Reifsteck is marketing and business development director.
Elizabeth Collins, Odd Machine’s LA-based executive producer, has a short film screening in the 33rd Reeling: LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opening Thursday night, Sept. 17 through Sept. 24.
Roger Ebert didn’t just write about the movies — he was the movies. Roger Ebert didn’t just live in Chicago — he was Chicago. The 49th Chicago International Film Festival is proudly dedicating Opening Night, Thursday, Oct.
LIQUID 9 CELEBRATES ITS LAUNCH as a new Chicago production company with separate post and music divisions, at an Open House Thursday, 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 in new space at 843 W. Randolph, announces founder/producer Chris Connor.
Chicago’s only major representation at the Slamdance Film Festival will open the 15th annual alternative to Sundance Jan. 22 in Park City, Utah, with a Jan. 27 encore screening.
The film is Yony Leyser’s documentary “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within,” the first posthumous feature-length film about the writer of “Naked Lunch,” “Junky” and “Queer.”
“Slamdance is, as John Waters told me, ?much more “Burroughs” than Sundance,” says 25-year old Chicago director Leyser.
Fletcher Chicago, which started out 21 years ago as a camera sales company, has sold its camera and accessories sales division to Abel Cine Tech of New York and Burbank, one of the country’s biggest camera dealers, effective March 25.
Fletcher’s inventory was shipped the same day to Abel Cine’s New York headquarters.
Abel president Pete Abel said he is thrilled about the sale. “Fletcher and our company have always respected each other, and that was the basis of working together,” a sentiment VP Tom Fletcher echoed.
Wisconsin’s only studio complex is under construction and Fletcher Chicago has announced it will open a branch there.
Third Coast Studios, comprised of two former manufacturing plants located in a Milwaukee suburb, are undergoing renovation at an estimated cost of $5-$6 million and will be completed June 1, says developer and co-owner Darrick Dysland.
Fletcher Chicago plans on opening a camera rental branch in the new complex.
A spot campaign from a Milwaukee agency officially launched Chicago’s first independent digital intermediate service?No Lo Digital Film, located in a lofty art gallery in River West.
Colorist Mike Matusek and engineer Boris Seagraves, formerly with I-Cubed, and producer Joe Flanagan, former owner of Long Cut editorial, are the principals and equal owners.
The name is derived from the restaurants North of the Loop where the three partners met during the first year of planning the new business.
Tom Rovak, S2/Swell’s ace colorist for a dozen years, has been freelancing under the banner of his new company, Highly Defined, Inc., until he opens Chicago’s only independent color room outside of a post house.
A $400,000 da Vinci Resolve? v3.4 digital mastering suite will be the heart of the facility.
The new company probably will be located in 4-5,000-sq. ft. space in a River West building he’s currently negotiating for, Rovak said.
“Most color correction rooms in town are traditional linear rooms.
A “commercial” for the Chicago International Film Festival produced by two DDB creatives will be part of the Festival’s Oct. 5 opening festivities at the Chicago Theatre.
ACDs Larry Ziegelman and Jay Manheimer produced the 60-second pro bono promo that screens before the premiere of “Stranger than Fiction” and throughout the two-week cinema extravaganza.
One of the biggest grip/lighting equipment companies in the film industry has opened its first branch outside of Los Angeles and Las Vegas at Chicago Studio City.
Cinelease has transferred several million dollars worth of equipment from its Burbank facility into 8,000-sq. ft. of space that once housed CSC’s own equipment inventory.
Susan Sarandon received the Chicago International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award at the fest’s opening night at the Chicago Theater.
Roger Ebert spoke with Sarandon before the screening of Cameron Crowe’s new romantic comedy “Elizabethtown,” in which Sarandon delivers a scene-stealing performance as a manic widow.
Ebert: In a career filled with great work, “Dead Man Walking” stands out as a role that came from your heart and from your convictions.
When Olive Films relocates to St. Charles from Richland, Washington in late November, Facets Multimedia, which has enjoyed a quarter-century status as the area’s premiere art film distributor, will be looking at a new kid on the block.
The fast-emerging international distributor of eclectic and hard-to-find cinema also will provide local filmmakers a potential outlet for DVD distribution of their indie films.
Owned by Farhad Arshad and his wife, Chicago native Jennifer Bonino, Olive Films will operate from offices and warehouse in a new 2,000-sq. ft.
When DDBs Grant Hill announced the agencys commitment to keep its estimated $10 million-plus postproduction business in Chicago, he said the agency would not discourage companies in other production markets from opening branches in Chicago.
The first company to respond is Santa Monicas V12 not a post house, but a full-service production company in Santa Monica.
If Chicago Studio City is sold before the July start date, “Barber Shop 2” could be filmed in in Los Angeles.
“Of course, we’d try to find another place in Chicago,” said line producer Tom Busch of the sequel to George Tillman and Bob Teitel’s “Barber Shop” hit of last summer.
“We’d run the numbers on modifying an alternate location to make it workable. But we may find that it’s cheaper to shoot in L.A.”
He added: “The message that would send to Hollywood as to Illinois’ commitment to filmmaking is frightening.”
The Chicago Film Critics Association, the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the Audience Award winners following the 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival. Audiences selected Closing Night feature presentation I LOVE MY DAD as winner of the Audience Award for narrative features; the film screened to … Continue reading “Chicago Film Critics Association announces 2022 Audience Award Winners”
Dust off your spandex. In celebration of its 50th anniversary as the original and oldest comic con in Chicago, FAN EXPO Chicago is bringing four days of legendary celebrities, comic creators, voice actors and cosplayers to Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for the biggest fandom experience in the midwest. Fifty years after Chicago Comic Con made … Continue reading “FAN EXPO Chicago celebrates 50th anniversary with four day event”
We’re getting close now. Just three more episodes until end of season. Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Halfway To The Moon. The episode will air Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: A family friend asks Herrmann for some advice on opening … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo Halfway to the Moon”
Startup tech company, SHOWRUNNER has announced that venture capitalists from coast to coast have invested $4 million to fund its film production technology. They’re betting that Chicago will be the next big film production town—and that their technology will make billion-dollar waves in the entertainment industry. The company’s software tools aim to help both industry giants and independent creators … Continue reading “Tech group bets $4 million on Chicago as next big film production town”
The Chicago Botanic Garden has experienced extraordinary growth over the last five decades and it is marking its 50th birthday in 2022 with Flourish: The Garden at 50. Starting May 13 through September 25, members, visitors, and program participants are invited to celebrate 50 years of the Garden connecting people to the natural world. “What began as an ambitious vision to … Continue reading “Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50th birthday”
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the premiere episode of the new Chicago series Shining Girls, titled Cutline Two-time Emmy winner, Elisabeth Moss is taking us on yet another suspenseful journey with Shining Girls on Apple+. The series, filmed in Chicago and at Chicago Studio City, is based on the 2013 novel by South African … Continue reading “Chicago and Elisabeth Moss shine in the premiere episode of Shining Girls”
It’s official, Chicago Med has wrapped filming season 7. Now we just have to be patient while the show takes a two week break before they air the final push of the last three episodes of the season! This Wednesday fans will be treated to a rebroadcast of season 7, episode 8 and next Wednesday … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for Chicago Med season 7”
Continuing its ongoing efforts to help one of Earth’s most precious resource – water – Moen is launching a new awareness and conservation effort on World Water Day through their CSR Mission Moen. The campaign, created in partnership with creative agency Havas Chicago, showcases the kitchen and bath company’s commitment to save one trillion gallons of water … Continue reading “Moen launches World Water Day campaign by Havas Chicago”
Jane Lynch accepted a new challenge by jumping into the directors chair and joining a growing list of talented actresses who appear in front of, and behind the camera. What better place to hone her skills than her hometown Chicago where she not only directed the spots for the new Illinois Tourism campaign for STORY … Continue reading “INTERVIEW: Chicago’s own Jane Lynch at home in the directors chair”
Broken Bulb Productions, a new Chicago film production company, premieres their first feature film, That Night, on Saturday, April 30th at Logan Theatre. The comedy, written and directed by 26-year-old Lisle, IL native Zachary Trussell, is about a drunken night with friends that gives a struggling artist the opportunity to advance his career and win back the love … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers premiere their first feature ‘That Night’”
The founders of coworking space WeWork, Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey, believed they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, ready for a huge IPO, and charismatic (some would say “over the top”) CEO (cult leader?) Neumann believed he was going to change the world. So, what happened … Continue reading “Erin Sarofsky takes us behind the scenes of WeCrashed’s opening titles”
The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced two special screenings at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St.: Nicolás Postioglione’s feature debut Immersion on Sunday, April 24th and the U.S. Premiere of Javier Espada’s new documentary Buñuel, a Surrealist Filmmaker on Thursday, April 28th. Both events start at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the screening … Continue reading “38th Chicago Latino Film Festival screens two films at Instituto Cervantes”
The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, announced its selections for their Closing and Late Night screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St., Saturday, April 30th. The Festival closes with the Midwest premiere of Chilean director Francisca Alegría’s feature debut The Cow who Sang a Song into the Future starring … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival late night screenings and closing film”
Lynn Osmond has been appointed as the new President & CEO of Choose Chicago. Osmond, the first woman to helm the city’s tourism agency, was most recently the President & CEO at the Chicago Architecture Center. “Lynn Osmond’s thorough experience leading the Chicago Architecture Center will be a great asset to Choose Chicago—and we’re proud … Continue reading “Lynn Osmond tapped as first woman to helm Chicago’s tourism agency”
Smash Virtual is opening a permanent, state-of-the-art virtual production stage in downtown Chicago, bringing the cutting-edge of filmmaking to the Midwest film industry. By merging large LED video walls, live camera tracking, and realtime 3D systems like Unreal Engine, virtual production offers an alternative to location shooting that is faster, easier, and safer–all while increasing … Continue reading “SMASH Virtual opens 19,000 sq. ft virtual production stage in south loop”
Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled The Missing Place. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Following an injury in the aftermath of an industrial fire, Severide and Seager work together to investigate an anonymous tip. Kidd … Continue reading “More Severide stunts this week on Chicago Fire in The Missing Place”
38th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) April 21 – May 1, announces the first wave of titles from close to 100 feature and short length films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States confirmed for the event. This first round of titles includes two films fresh out of the Sundance Film Festival: Eva … Continue reading “38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces first wave of titles”
Warning: Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for Chicago Fire episode S10 E14, ‘An Officer With Grit’ which aired Mar 2, 2022. After the events transpired on Chicago Fire episode 14, An Officer with Grit,when Lieutenant Pelham (Brett Dalton) admitted to Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) that he had made the decision to transfer to … Continue reading “Chicago Fire is about to see some new cast members in Season 10”
Chicagoland native, Emmy-winning writer, Golden Globe-nominated actor, comedian, director, producer, and Second City alum Bob Odenkirk returned to Chicago to promote his book at an event at the Music Box Theatre. Odenkirk was joined by Tim Meadows, actor/comedian and Second City alum, who you might also recognize from his appearance in the Chicago set of … Continue reading “Bob Odenkirk opens up about life, death, and reinventing himself”
Chicago Filmmakers announces the competition programs for the 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, which will take place March 31 to April 3. The five competition programs will feature 35 short films exploring themes of digital media production, politics of memory, and the value of physical spaces from the United States, France, Canada, South … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces competition programs for Onion City Festival”
Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled An Officer with Grit. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Chief Hawkins goes above and beyond to help Brett and Violet with a problem; Kidd pursues an open lieutenant position; … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for An Officer with Grit”
The 23rd annual Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) returns to offer the best features, shorts and documentary films from The Land of Storytelling. This year’s festival is a Hybrid Event with in-person events at Theater on the Lake, The Logan Theatre and Society for Arts from March 3-6, as well as an online format with … Continue reading “Chicago Irish Film Festival returns with in-person and virtual screenings”
As the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center prepares for its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), they pause to pay tribute to the people of the Ukraine. Our thoughts and hearts turn to Ukraine as we prepare to open our 25th EU Film Fest: Ways to Help … Continue reading “25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week”
The 2022 Chicago Auto Show concluded its 10-day run at McCormick Place on Presidents Day. This month, eager attendees traveled to McCormick Place to get a look at the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and EVs, including a brand-new indoor electric vehicle test track which featured a variety of new models. Despite facing ongoing hurdles of … Continue reading “The Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of an array of vehicles”
We’re taking you behind the scenes to show you how Tracy Spiridakos and stunt double Kelli Victoria Scarangello pulled off Chicago P.D.’s most challenging scene of the season. Chicago P.D. is making a splash with their upcoming Episode 9.13 Still Water. The episode begins with Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) chatting with Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) as … Continue reading “Chicago P.D.’s Tracy Spiridakos makes dramatic Chicago River rescue”
Virtual event with Candace Parker kicks off a new CPL program series focused around social justice, equity and inclusivity Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced the official launch of their Voices for Justice series, a slate of programs that will engage authors, artists, thought-leaders and other experts that spark conversation on the topic of social justice. After … Continue reading “Chicago Public Library features Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker”
Apple TV+ has released the haunting trailer for upcoming series Shining Girls, filmed in Chicago last summer, starring Elizabeth Moss, Wagner Moura, Jamie Bell, and Phillipa Soo. In the series, Moss plays Kirby Mazrachi a victim of an attack by serial killer Harper Curtis (Jamie Bell), who teams with a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times who is out to … Continue reading “Apple TV+ releases haunting trailer for new Chicago series Shining Girls”
What a week! Super Bowl, Auto Show, and Valentine’s Day. Can we get all this done? Automotive manufacturers, exhibitors and enthusiasts from all over the world are revving up for the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, running Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place. The show is open each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for the final day … Continue reading “Lots of vehicles making their debut this week at the Chicago Auto Show”
FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival announces that submissions are now open for CICFF39. CICFF is the first Academy-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. The festival presents the best, most innovative international films for kids and teens, seeking out films that both entertain audiences and challenge them to widen their perspectives. CICFF invites film submissions … Continue reading “FACETS announces submissions are now open for CICFF39”
Three Chicago Med crew members make a daring real-life rescue. If you are lucky enough to know a fireman or first responder, then no doubt you have witnessed a rare breed, and the abundance of compassion that calls them to duty. The call to save lives does not end when they clock out and leave … Continue reading “Life imitates art with a daring real-life rescue on the set of Chicago Med”
Queer-led, intersectional television platform Open Television (OTV) continues to provide a pipeline to Hollywood for emerging television producers, writers, directors with the announcement of its 2022 OTV Fellowship Program. Entering its third year, the OTV fellowship identifies and support promising talent within the OTV community to support the development of a new project. Designed for … Continue reading “Chicago’s Emmy-Nominated TV Platform OTV launches Fellowship Program”
Human beings are social animals. Personal contact and social interaction with others is simply essential. In opposition, Covid created lock downs, quarantines and generally created a need to rethink how we communicate with each other. Because communicate, we must. Although we all had hopes for 2021, it has pushed, provoked, squished and forced its way upon us … Continue reading “The Best of Reel Chicago interviews in 2021”
Here are the top 21 stories on Reel Chicago in 2021. There were over 2500 stories between Reel Chicago and our sister publication Reel 360. With a record breaking total of 1.4 million views this year. Whether our stories were about the resurgence of film & TV production, the Reel Ad of the Week, or … Continue reading “Reel Chicago top 21 stories for 2021”
Chicago native and longtime ESPN Chicago Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson passed away on Tuesday of colon cancer complications at age 44. Dickerson’s wife, Caitlin, died two years ago from melanoma, tragically at the very same hospice care facility where he passed away. Caitlin Dickerson had undergone treatment for melanoma and its complications for eight years … Continue reading “Jeff Dickerson longtime ESPN Chicago Bears reporter passes away at 44”
Chicago will be welcoming the new year with the largest fireworks display ever. A 1.5-mile-long free fireworks display will begin at midnight and can be viewed along the Chicago River from Wolf Point near the Franklin/Orleans Street bridge to the east of Columbus Drive to Navy Pier. For public safety, the Riverwalk will be closed early … Continue reading “Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever”
Kidd and Severide spoiler alert! Do not read if you have not watched the mid-season finale of Chicago Fire! Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) finally returned home to the apartment she shares with Severide (Taylor Kinney), very briefly during the last few seconds of the mid-season finale. The question remains, after almost ghosting Severide and … Continue reading “Chicago Fire fans should be worried about the future of Kidd and Severide”
From creative production studio Carbon comes Repeater, the story of a world in which creatures speak in symbols and can turn those symbols into realities. The vibrant animated short is the Title Film to this year’s OFFF Dach creativity and design festival in Vienna. With original live-recorded orchestra music and sound design from Antfood, it’s a tale of … Continue reading “Carbon animated film ‘Repeater’ opens the OFFF Dach Design Festival”
The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, now in its 9th year, is proud to present its 2nd virtual Social Justice Series, featuring 5 films available for at home viewing including exclusive conversations with filmmakers and subject matter experts following many of the films. The series runs from January 14 – January 23 and a special Series Pass is available for pre-purchase for a … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents Social Justice series”
Not to be outdone by Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. has gotten into the holiday spirit by gifting fans one of the most intriguing mid-season finales ever. The episode titled No Way Out begins at Roy’s grave where Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is given a choice by Special Agent Walker North (Alex … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. recap of mid-season finale No Way Out”
It’s that time of year again! Decorate the tree, get a nice cup of cocoa, and cozy up on the couch to watch the One Chicago dramas presenting their holiday episodes. Chicago Med did not disappoint with their final episode before holiday hiatus. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. will return with new episodes on Wednesday, … Continue reading “Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’”
UPDATE and trial timeline at end of story. I swore I would never do another Jussie Smollett story. But he’s baaaack. If it is true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity then Jussie is getting a nice long run on his alleged prank that lead police on an expensive wild goose chase nearly … Continue reading “Guilty! UPDATE and trial timeline: Jussie Smollett is back in Chicago for trial”
Full Spectrum Features has opened applications for the 2022 Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a nine-month project incubator designed to cultivate inclusive, diverse voices in Chicago’s independent film industry. The lab, in partnership with the Chicago Film Office, offers industry mentorship, ongoing organizational support, and practical training delivered through immersive workshops. To apply, producers must have … Continue reading “Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022”
The 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be a virtual presentation held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Comedian Pat McGann, the South Side Chicago native who hosted the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2020, returns to emcee the show this year and legendary Bob Newhart is expected to make a guest appearance. The virtual presentation … Continue reading “List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5”
The composing duo Robl + Sutta recently scored the original soundtrack for Grasshoppers, award-winning filmmaker Brad Bischoff’s directorial feature film debut. The emotionally charged drama recently made its world premiere as an Official Selection of the 18th Annual Bend Film Festival. The director, Brad Bischoff is a native of Chicago and the film was shot the in the … Continue reading “Composing duo Robl + Sutta score Chicago film Grasshoppers”
The family-friendly holiday movie Christmas with Felicity, directed by award-winning, Chicago-based filmmaker, Jack C. Newell (Monuments), will premiere on AMC+ Thanksgiving Day, November 25. While Christmas with Felicity is primarily set in the fictitious Wisconsin town of Aspen Grove, the majority of the film was shot on location in Historic Downtown Long Grove and included … Continue reading “Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving”
Brett Dalton has been added to the Chicago Fire cast in a recurring role as interim Lieutenant Jason Pelham after Jesse Spencer’s departure from the series. Dalton made his debut in this week’s episode. As Reel Chicago reported in October, during the 200th episode of the series Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) made a “life-altering decision” … Continue reading “Brett Dalton added to Chicago Fire cast after Jesse Spencer’s departure”
The Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will provide 450 – 500 relief grants to low and moderate income artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include freelance artists, arts administrators, teaching artists, artisans, curators, independent cultural producers and creative industry technicians such … Continue reading “Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10”
Full Spectrum Features will be the official presenter at the 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival this year in order to program more diversity, equity, and inclusion to represent a wider range of artists and voices, including women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ filmmakers. Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), the the world’s longest-running underground film festival, will … Continue reading “Full Spectrum official presenter of Chicago Underground Film Fest”
The Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of its 2021 competitions. Celebrating its 57th edition October 13 – 24, 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive international film festival. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed via the Chicago International Film Festival YouTube channel, the Festival awarded prizes in the following categories: … Continue reading “Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival”
The audience votes are in and the judges have spoken. The winning films of Reeling: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival have been announced! The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival ran from September 29 to October 7. It was the first ever hybrid film festival in the 39 year history of the festival, with a … Continue reading “Winners of Reeling: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival”
The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special guests expected for the eighth Chicago Critics Film Festival, November 12-14. The festival opens with the Chicago premiere of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard. The weekend-long festival will close with … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival announces full lineup”
The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the esteemed members of the juries for its competitions, featuring acclaimed filmmakers and industry luminaries from around the globe. Juries shall award Gold and Silver Hugo Awards in the following competitions: International Competition; OutLook; City & State; and Short Film Competitions. The International Competition Jury will award the Gold Hugo … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries”
FACETS 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), one of only two Academy Award qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world, presented from Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov.14. FACETS is pleased to offer limited in-person screenings as well as the entire festival available via national streaming. The in-person screenings will take place at FACETS, 1517 W. … Continue reading “FACETS 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest”
The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the Opening Night After Dark feature, Halloween Kills, the new chapter in the iconic four-decade horror franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis and co-written and directed by David Gordon Green. In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade … Continue reading “Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween Kills to open CIFF After Dark”
With more than 800,000 readers submitted responses, Condé Nast Traveler recognized the City of Chicago as the #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row in the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Since 2017, Chicago has ranked number one in this category for its incredible restaurants, interesting and diverse attractions, and … Continue reading “Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!”
At the September 30th Committee on Budget and Government Operations meeting Retiring Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly said filmmaking is “significantly up” in Chicago. A record 15 television productions are currently in the city including 61st Street, The Chi, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Work in Progress, Paper Girls, Light Years, … Continue reading “Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production”
Ghostwriter is a beautifully filmed black and white Indie film, about a bartender who, as a once published writer, has struggled for years with his second novel, and how he helps a combat veteran face his fears over completing a short story about his time in Iraq. Filmed in Chicago, the film is written by … Continue reading “Interview: writer and director of ‘Ghostwriter’ beautifully filmed in Chicago”
Big Drop Brewing Co., the world’s first craft brewery dedicated to non-alcoholic beer, is giving away free cases of non-alcoholic beer, Big Drop Pine Trail Pale and Galactic Extra Dark to block party hosts across the Chicagoland area through October. Big Drop has created National NA Beer Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 to showcase the radical innovation in … Continue reading “Big Drop goes big for Chicago’s first National Non-Alcoholic Beer Day”
The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community. Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days”
Irish heritage, tradition, grit, and resilience all run deep in Chicago, and in the not-too-distant future, so will Guinness roots. This great American city will be the home to the new Guinness Chicago Taproom, slated to open to the public in 2023 in the city’s lively West Loop neighborhood. Located at 375 N. Morgan Street, the 15,000-square-foot … Continue reading “Guinness announces Chicago taproom in West Loop”
Today is the Opening Day of Reeling 39! Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The festival kicks off September 23 at 7 PM with Peeter Rebane’s FIREBIRD at the Music Box Theatre. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the director Peeter Rebane. FIREBIRD is streaming virtually starting Monday, September 27th and running until … Continue reading “Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight”
We’re back! The official cast photos have been released for Season 10 of Chicago Fire. Now that it has been revealed that our team has survived the life-threatening underwater rescue it is safe to show the photos of our beloved cast of Chicago Fire for Season 10. We are hoping there won’t be any tearful … Continue reading “Chicago Fire official cast photos for Season 10”
Last night, the 73rd Emmy Awards were held with Cedric the Entertainer hosting on CBS. While most of the big Emmy news for Chicago will be pointed (deservedly so) toward Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis’, who studied here at the IO Theater, Second City and Anonymous, and co-creator, co-star and Chicagoan Brendan Hunt’s wins, another Chicago-based … Continue reading “Lovecraft Country represents Chicago with two Emmy wins”
The Chicago International Film Festival announced the full lineup of its 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year’s Festival expands across the City, with screenings at AMC River East 21, Music Box Theatre, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, and neighborhood pop-up screenings at Bronzeville’s historic Parkway … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition”
Returning for another triumphant year, global street dance competition Red Bull Dance Your Style will make its debut in Chicago on Friday, September 24th at the nearly 130 year-old Chicago landmark, Thalia Hall. Bringing together the best in hip-hop, house, waacking, popping, krumping, locking, and more, Red Bull Dance Your Style will celebrate the local dance scene … Continue reading “Red Bull Dance Your Style makes its debut in Chicago”
Award-winning writer, producer, and actor Jay Davis (Not Another Black Movie, Choke On That: The Series, and Not Another Zombie Movie) presents Creative Hustle! This is a brand new show that brings creative entertainers of all kinds together on one platform to cultivate an unforgettable experience where you will leave with your stomach hurting from laughter, … Continue reading “Creative Hustle brings Chicago’s most talented under one roof”
The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”
Filmed in Chicago, Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, next year’s The Marvels) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic. CANDYMAN – in Theaters Only August 27 For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized … Continue reading “CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend”
FACETS has announced it will return to presenting in-person programming on Friday, September 17 while simultaneously screening virtual cinema. Since FACETS suspended its in-person screenings in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and transitioned to online film programming, select areas within the venue have changed their function and/or have been upgraded to reintroduce it as a dynamic … Continue reading “Newly renovated FACETS will reopen to in-person programming Sept 17”
The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, released their roster for 2021-2022 today, announcing the acceptance of three new members. The new critics represent a new generation in Chicago-based film criticism and bring their voices to one of the country’s … Continue reading “The Chicago Film Critics Association welcomes three new members”
In a sad turn of events Flashpoint Chicago, located on the campus of Roosevelt University, is closing its doors in May of 2022 after the spring semester. Flashpoint Chicago began in 2018 as a branch campus of Columbia College Hollywood. Columbia College Hollywood is a private liberal arts college, originally established in 1953 as a Los Angeles satellite … Continue reading “Flashpoint Chicago will close in May 2022 after the spring semester”
Miller Lite and Equality Federation announce the first Open & Proud Town Hall, to be held in Chicago. The Open & Proud initiative aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community. The program features a series of town hall events where LGBTQ individuals over 21 will share their candid, open experiences, and thoughts on … Continue reading “Miller Lite and Equality Illinois to hold first Open & Proud Town Hall”
After the shocking departures of Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto near the end of Season 6 of Chicago Med, we all knew that those empty positions would need to be filled before filming begins. Chicago Med new cast openings have been filled by Guy Lockard (The Village and The Blacklist) and Kristen Hager (Condor and … Continue reading “Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7”
The 11th Annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) returns this weekend with nightly screenings of the festival’s 2021 official selection films running July 24-30 at Chicago Filmmakers (1326 W. Hollywood Avenue, Chicago). Blue Whiskey will present over 30 films with character-driven stories from around the globe during the in-person event, including seven outstanding indie films made … Continue reading “Annual Blue Whiskey Film Festival opens this weekend”
He played a pivotal role in Chicago’s advertising resurgence in the 1980s when he helped open the office for Ogilvy. We cheered him then, now we mourn his loss. Former advertising exec Joel Raphaelson died of heart failure July 8th in New York City. He was 92. The announcement, which was broken by Ad Age, … Continue reading “Chicago’s original madman Joel Raphaelson has died”
The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public today better than anticipated attendance. The long awaited 2021 Special Edition is taking place July 15-19 inside McCormick Place’s West Building and outdoors along Indiana Avenue. This marks the first time in history that the show, traditionally hosted in February, will be held in the summertime, taking advantage of … Continue reading “Chicago Auto Show has better than expected attendance”
After we reported the news that Chicago Fire Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exited Chicago Fire on “great terms” at the end of March, fans have been anxiously anticipating to hear if Violet would officially become a permanent fixture on the NBC hit show. It was announced by TVLine on Friday that Hanako Greensmith, who plays … Continue reading “Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular”
Miller Lite and Equality Federation are announcing the “Open & Proud” program, an initiative that aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community. The program includes the development and implementation of inclusivity training materials for bar owners and employees at the 55,000 bars and nightclubs where Miller Lite is sold. These … Continue reading “Miller Lite creates Open & Proud safe spaces for LGBTQ”
Jeep 4×4 capability is legendary, and the brand continues its leadership position as the most capable 4×4 in the world. As the brand continues its 80th Anniversary this year, it is elevating its capability game yet again with the introduction of the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show on … Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon at the Chicago Auto Show”
How Bizarre Pictures just announced the red carpet world premiere screening event for writer/director Danny Villanueva Jr.’s debut feature-length supernatural drama/horror anthology film, I Dream of a Psychopomp. The film, which opens in September at the Music Box Theatre, in Chicago, stars Jillian Lebling (Bridge of Spies, The Blacklist), Elohim Peña, Ben Shaul, Peter Knox, … Continue reading “‘I Dream of a Psychopomp’ announces Chicago premiere”
Phase 5 will go into effect on June 11 and mark the full reopening of all activities and businesses. Businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and seated-spectator venues will be able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said this was a defining moment … Continue reading “Guidelines for Illinois Phase 5 full reopening on June 11”
Michigan based, JohnsonRauhoff (JR), is leveraging what the strategic content agency calls “enduring trends” from the pandemic to inform the response to the recent growth it is experiencing across the organization’s offerings. The company is expanding into Chicago by hiring Marcos Cuellar, an experienced account and business development manager who will remotely work on various accounts while also … Continue reading “JohnsonRauhoff expands into Chicago market”
22 beaches have officially opened for the 2021 season. The return of beach season is another step forward with Open Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot‘s initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. This marks the first time Chicago beaches have opened for public use since September 2, 2019, due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. The 2021 beach … Continue reading “2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend”
As we say goodbye to our favorite heroes from One Chicago for the summer, it’s fun to look back on all the amazing TV shows set in the Windy City over the years. Chicago has been a production powerhouse for decades and has given us some of the best movies and TV shows that were … Continue reading “Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago”
Today, Grubhub, a leading food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund announced the latest phase in their commitment to supporting restaurants: the Restaurant Stronger program, a new initiative to provide $5,000 grants to eligible independent restaurants. As the industry faces new challenges post-pandemic, the Restaurant Stronger grants will help restaurants fully reopen their doors, including … Continue reading “Grubhub & Restaurant Strong help restaurants reopen”
Fan-favorite attractions such as the Camp Jeep and Ram Trucks Territory test tracks will return to the 2021 Chicago Auto Show special edition, scheduled for July 15-19 at McCormick Place. This news comes approximately two weeks following the official announcement that the show will be allowed to open its doors to fans this summer. The Chicago Auto … Continue reading “Jeep & Ram Trucks Test Tracks at Chicago Auto Show”
The American Writers Museum (AWM), the first museum of its kind in the United States, has timed its reopening to the public to coincide with its fourth anniversary and, to celebrate, the museum is offering $4 off all admission tickets purchased in May. Online tickets can be redeemed at any point, as they are not restricted to … Continue reading “American Writers Museum reopens with new exhibit”
Chicago Producer Anthony Gibson and Director Zach Lona are introducing a new distribution mode with their feature film He Who Lives in Hidden Lakes, a wacky mockumentary comedy about faith and folklore. The film will be released this year via Film Hub, but only after it has been auctioned off as an NFT- that’s a … Continue reading “Chicago producer, director offers NFT distribution”
AIA Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner Helmut Jahn, a prominent German modernist/postmodernist architect who designed an Illinois state government building (James R. Thompson Center) and worked on the design of the FBI headquarters in Washington, was killed in a bicycle accident involving two vehicles as he was riding his bicycle outside Chicago according to the … Continue reading “Chicago’s beloved architect Helmut Jahn has died”
Nine tourism organizations have partnered to launch a summer campaign to encourage travel to and around northeastern Illinois. The Visit Chicagoland campaign, themed The Only Thing Missing Is You, is designed to promote awareness and generate interest in luring visitors back to the region’s many sights and experiences. Through this collaboration of regional leaders, the new leisure tourism campaign highlights local attractions … Continue reading “Regional Leaders partner on Visit Chicagoland campaign”
The Chicago Auto Show, a marquee event that draws tourists from around the world, returns to McCormick Place marking the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Chicago Auto Show will be held at McCormick Place from July 15 to 19 and will incorporate several innovative safety features – including … Continue reading “Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place in July”
A teaser and website for the new film Art and Pep was just released, giving a first glimpse into the documentary that will feature the life and love of LGBTQ+ civil rights leaders, Art Johnston and José Pepe Peña, owners of the iconic Sidetrack bar in Chicago. For more than 40 years, Johnston and Peña … Continue reading “Doc featuring life of Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders Art and Pep”
This week’s Chicago Fire, Natural Born Firefighter opens with Casey (Jesse Spencer) finally seeing a doctor while Brett (Kara Kilmer) sits impatiently in the waiting room. He explains to the doctor that he’s having vision issues, and the doctor sends him to get an MRI because it’s possible he’s having “temporal lobe seizures” that could … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”
Reel Chicago talks with the Chicago writing team Danny Kravitz and Chris Charles about how they managed to take The Marksman to the #1 box office hit. Universal Pictures is releasing the film on digital platforms on April 27 followed by on-demand platforms and Blu-ray/DVD on May 11. In anticipation of the digital release of … Continue reading “How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit”
The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the winners and runners-up for the Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature went to The Heist of the Century, Argentinian director Ariel Winograd’s heist comedy about the most famous and audacious bank robbery in Argentina’s history starring Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) … Continue reading “37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins”
This week’s Chicago Med, ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ is a crossover episode with Chicago Fire and showcases Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) having to go in the field to aid a victim on-site, Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) dealing with a complicated patient. In addition, when Carol’s (Margaret Colin) condition … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”
The Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be opening their 2021 contest for entries in late April. Judging is a great way to figure out what work you may want to submit. It’s also a great way to get story ideas and creatively think about your craft. All judging is done online and completed by only those who have … Continue reading “Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”
Cameras are set to roll next month on the new Apple series The Shining Girls starring Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Invisble Man), for its streaming service. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is set to produce. Described by Los Angeles-based MRC Entertainment as “a metaphysical thriller,” and not to be confused with the … Continue reading “Handmaid Tale’s Moss to shoot new series in Chicago”
Kimberly-Clark, maker of trusted brands including Huggies, Cottonelle, Kleenex and Depend, will expand their presence in Chicago with a new commercial center for its North American consumer products business. “Kimberly-Clark’s move to Illinois is just the latest sign that our investments in talent, innovation and digital infrastructure are not only paying off for residents but … Continue reading “Kimberly-Clark moving into Chicago’s Fulton Market”
Chicago P.D. Signs of Violence aired on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and centered on Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) as she was triggered by a missing persons case which forced her to address her childhood traumas as she tries to navigate her relationship with her partner/boyfriend Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). Chicago P.D. opens with Hailey and … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’”
The American Writers Museum (AWM) will reopen its doors on Friday, May 14, just in time for it’s fourth anniversary. The public is invited to attend a special Reopening Preview Event live on YouTube on Wednesday, April 14 at 4pm Central to learn more about the AWM”s reopening plans, get a first look at the new virtual … Continue reading “American Writers Museum hosts reopening preview event”
Chicago Med‘s Wednesday episode Letting Go Only to Come Together begins with Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) telling Natalie’s mother a suspenseful story. He’s at the Manning house, where Natalie’s mom (Margaret Colin) is doing her best to interrogate him regarding his family. She seems to be well aware of Crockett’s backstory, and he further reveals … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’”
BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, announced a gamechanger with the premiere of a duo of new single-camera family comedies – The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker. The two interwoven scripted series highlight events in the life of a blended multicultural, interracial family from two different perspectives. This completely new and … Continue reading “The Parker Andersons & Amelia Parker Chicago-based duo”
Deb Snyder’s creative path of acting has been a nomadic, long, and winding road of self-discovery beginning from her early days in Chicago and leading all the way to Los Angeles, where she now appears on ABC’s mixed-ish. As a recurring guest star, Deb plays ‘Dolores’ on the hit series that follows black-ish’s Rainbow Johnson … Continue reading “Chicago actress “mixes” it up on hit ABC sitcom”
Chicago has opened eligibility for the COVID vaccine to Group 1C: Anyone over 16 who has certain medical conditions. The group Vaccinate Abuela Chicago, is making it their goal to share resources and find appointments in the communities hit hardest by COVID-19. Vaccinate Abuela Chicago’s mission is booking vaccinations for Black and Brown Chicagoans. City … Continue reading “Vaccinate Abuela Chicago helping Latinx & Black families”
Taped in a drive-in set-up during the pandemic at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the special is an hour-long roller coaster of things that have made Dave Helem, the comedian and former math teacher, who he is. From his glory days in the classroom, to how protesting doesn’t look the same for everyone, and … Continue reading “Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special”
The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, announced today its Centerpiece presentation of Mariem Pérez Riera’s Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St. on Monday, April 12. The gates open at 6:00 pm with the film scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. A virtual screening of this no holds … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest adds Riera’s film Rita Moreno”
Chicago Filmmakers announces the 2021 call for applications for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF), a grant designed to support Chicago-based filmmakers and digital media artists whose work encourages social change. The fund will award up to $100,000 in cash grants to support locally-made, web-based digital media projects. The application window will be open … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers seeks projects for CDMPF grant”
Resolution Studios announces the opening of The East Stage, the latest addition to Chicago’s premiere production studio, servicing corporate and advertising clients alike. Measuring in at 2800 square feet, the sound-proof stage will feature a 32’ X 40’ cyclorama wall, a 20’ x 40’ movable light grid, and 200 amp power tie-ins. The East Stage … Continue reading “Resolution Studios announces opening of The East Stage”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, with Choose Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation, today announced Chicago Alfresco, an initiative to increase outdoor dining area and the opportunity for businesses and community organizations to design creative long-term outdoor spaces. This new program builds on Mayor Lightfoot’s commitment to support businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, in … Continue reading “Chicago Alfresco initiative will increase outdoor dining”
The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. Their mission is to help build bridges between filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them with the necessary tools to create. This grant supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, … Continue reading “Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant”
The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks will be used as a mass vaccination site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations. The Biden Administration is opening pilot Community Vaccination Centers across the country. The United Center site will open on March 10 with the capacity to administer … Continue reading “Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site”
The City of Chicago, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Park District (Parks) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), today launched the public engagement phase of the Chicago Monuments Project that will conclude in April. The new website identifies monumental sculptures, artworks and commemorative plaques on the public way … Continue reading “Public is invited to join Chicago Monuments Project”
Fans of the beloved Emmy Award winning POP TV show Schitt’s Creek have been anxiously anticipating the Lincoln Park pop-up “Schitt Happens” within Replay, which specializes in unauthorized pop-ups for pop culture themes such as Friends, Game of Thrones, and Rick and Morty. The event opened on February 12, 2021, and three days later show … Continue reading “Dan Levy says ‘Ew’ to Schitt’s Creek pop up in Chicago”
Havas Chicago is debuting new creative work with the National Association of REALTORS® for 2021. It shows consumers how REALTORS® “open doors to opportunity” for the clients they work with and the communities they serve, thus highlighting the REALTOR® impact on individual lives within and beyond the transaction. The new TV commercials (listed below, along with … Continue reading “New Havas Chicago: National Association of Realtors”
Bitcoin to Books and Movies, hedge fund talent Brandon Elsasser is also a debut author. His 2020 memoir Once More Without Feeling was recently optioned for production by storylab, a former Hollywood-based production company now in Chicago, and 10,001, a strategic design consultancy and content studio based in Los Angeles. Elsasser’s book has yielded a film project aptly titled The Trade. The film … Continue reading “From Bitcoin to Books & Movies: a Chicago Partnership”
Chicago filmmakers Chris Charles, Columbia College Chicago Adjunct Professor Danny Kravitz, and three-time Academy Award nominee Robert Lorenz have a No. 1 box-office hit this week with the Liam Neeson thriller, The Marksman. The idea was first hatched in 2009, and the journey from script to screen was a long one. “It was ultimately our … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers have the #1 box-office hit this week”
For the sixth season of One Chicago’s medical drama, Executive Producers and Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider worked (virtually) with their team of writers to incorporate the COVID-19 virus into the show, just as it was raging around the world in real time. From broken bones to fatal diseases, Chicago Med pulls inspiration from … Continue reading “Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories”
Thirty-two incredible women went in for love with Matt James when the exciting, landmark 25th edition of The Bachelor premiered on MONDAY, JAN. 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. By the end of night one, 24 lucky bachelorettes remained to toast the Bachelor and join him on the romantic adventure of a lifetime! Two of them were from … Continue reading “Two Chicago Bachelorettes vie for Matt James’ rose”
It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”
What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are pleased to present “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays,” presented by Powering Chicago: IBEW Local 134/NECA with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority. “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays” program is produced by Kurtis Productions … Continue reading “Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home”
Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”
One person’s determination can really make all the difference, and Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is proof of this. To set the scene, Firehouse 51 may not have the magnetic Wallace Boden if it weren’t for the one-on-one encouragement Eamonn received from a school teacher at nine years-old. It was London in the 1970’s and Eamonn … Continue reading “Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is mentoring Chicago kids”
IFA Virtual Soirée Silent Auction – NOW OPEN! How would you like to have virtual cocktails with producer, Bob Teitel? Or a two-day shoot on a Cinespace stage with grip/lighting equipment included? Bid on these and other priceless items at the virtual IFA Virtual Soirée Silent Auction – NOW OPEN! Items include experiences with our Luminary Board members … Continue reading “IFA Virtual Soirée silent auction is open for bids”
Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”
Felix Piñeiro has signed on to direct Doll Eyes written by award-winning screenwriter Amir Mohabbat. The horror film follows a developmentally disabled man who protects his sister from an abuser with “unique, desired eyes.” Piñeiro is a two-time DCASE Grant recipient and Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Filmmaker in Residence Award. His latest project is … Continue reading “‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro”
A Black Harvest Feast, opening night program on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm, is hosted by NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter, our Master of Ceremonies, and features a unique parade of filmmakers in a virtual red carpet to kick off the festivities. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshlman serve as the honorary … Continue reading “Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”
Molly Given, of the Philly Metro interviews Chicago filmmaker Steve James about his latest film, ‘City so Real‘ Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making … Continue reading “‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems”
The full schedule was announced for Facets 37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF37) one of only two Academy Award-qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world. Presented this year from Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 22, FACETS ever-popular signature program will be presented virtually in its entirety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Since FACETS launched the Chicago International … Continue reading “37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest”
Connect with the artists and filmmakers of the Chicago International Film Festival with these livestream Q&As. Livestream Q&As will be hosted on the film’s webpage on our streaming portal. Ticket holders can access the Q&A through the virtual access link emailed with their ticket purchase. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the event. … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival livestream Q&As”
The Chicago International Film Festival is kicking off their 56th year with the World Premiere of Belushi, celebrating the genius and legacy of Chicago comedy icon John Belushi in the words of those who most closely knew and worked with him. The drive-in screening starts at 6:30pm CT at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In (2343 S Throop St., … Continue reading “The CIFF opens tonight with world premiere of Belushi”
Exclusive Interview: Chicago actress, Alexandra Noele Grey talks with us about her upcoming starring role in ‘Gossamer Folds’. Alexandra was born in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in seven foster homes, she was determined not to be a stereotype and to always follow her dreams of making it on the big screen. After high-school, she relocated to … Continue reading “Chicago’s Alexandra Noele Grey talks starring role”
Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”
Last month, we reported that NBC‘s top-rated (even in reruns) Wednesday night, dubbed “One Chicago,” would return on November 11. With production reportedly set to resume on Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Fire on October 6, the Reel Chicago team thought it was time to look at cast additions and subtractions. Chicago Med Coming: Chicago … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?”