Former Alderman, Michael Scott Jr joins Cinespace in newly created position

Cinespace Studios announced that Michael Scott Jr. will join the company in the newly created position of Director, Industry and Community Relations. Scott will report to Ashley Rice, President and Co-Managing Partner, and start with the company in June. In the newly created position that sounds exactly like the position of the Executive Director of the CineCares Division, … Continue reading “Former Alderman, Michael Scott Jr joins Cinespace in newly created position”

Cinespace Toronto commits $3.12 million to York University Motion Media Studio

York University, and Cinespace Film Studios/Toronto with Ashley Rice, announce renewed commitment of $3.12 million from Cinespace to enhance and elevate the York University Motion Media Studio at Cinespace. The media facility that is used for learning, teaching, and production, was originally established in 2016 with a $2.5-million donation from Cinespace Film Studios – the film-and-television … Continue reading “Cinespace Toronto commits $3.12 million to York University Motion Media Studio”

Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner

Cinespace Studios has appointed Ashley Rice as president and co-managing partner. Rice joins Cinespace from Legendary Television where she managed operations, including production, post-production and production finance, and worked as vp of production at ABC Studios, where she managed production for Shonda Rhimes and Mark Gordon. Rice will join COO Eoin Egan and CFO Keith Gee … Continue reading “Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner”

Cinespace and Resolution Digital Studios sponsor Film Showcase

The 5th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase sponsored by Resolution Digital Studios and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios takes place at Resolution Studios on Saturday, March 12, 2022.  This fundraiser is an exhilarating way to hang with local Chicagoland Film Industry professionals while helping us celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Patrick Lives On. Relax while … Continue reading “Cinespace and Resolution Digital Studios sponsor Film Showcase”

Cinespace Studios has sold for $1.1B to TPG Real Estate

Alex Pissios has confirmed that Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and Cinespace Toronto, the amazing empire that he and his uncle Nick Mirkopolous built on a dream, has been sold to TPG Real Estate, a West Coast based global alternative asset manager. “It’s a done deal!” said Pissios. “I’m around for six more months.” After that, … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios has sold for $1.1B to TPG Real Estate”

See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend

This weekend, Filmscape 2021 holds their hybrid model of online and in-person events for this year’s event taking place on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot August 28-29. They will be hosting three educational tracks of in-person and online classes, geared towards the needs and interests of those involved in Grip & Electric, Production & … Continue reading “See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend”

AbelCine & IFA collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers

The Independent Film Alliance of Chicago (IFA) and AbelCine are collaborating on the development of a community center on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot. Programming will address the business, creative, and technical aspects of independent production. The organizations will focus on developing the potential of local independent producers and filmmakers and introducing them to … Continue reading “AbelCine & IFA collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers”

Filmscape gears up for the 2021 show on Cinespace lot

Filmscape announces a hybrid model of online and in-person events for their 2021 show taking place on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot August 28-29.   A nonprofit based in Chicago, Filmscape was founded with the goal of providing continuing free education for the film and television community in Chicago and beyond. Now in their … Continue reading “Filmscape gears up for the 2021 show on Cinespace lot”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

Sci-fi drama ‘Lightyears’ preparing to shoot at Cinespace

Oscar winner Sissy Spacek and three-time Emmy-nominated Modern Family star Ed O’Neill are set as the leads in the sci-fi drama, Lightyears, currently in prep at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Amazon has issued a series order for, Lightyears, an hourlong sci-fi-drama produced by Legendary TV, from writer Holden Miller and producer Daniel C. Connolly. Connolly will serve as showrunner and … Continue reading “Sci-fi drama ‘Lightyears’ preparing to shoot at Cinespace”

Michael B. Jordan’s ’61st Street’ filming at Cinespace

The Michael B Jordan AMC drama series 61st Street has begun shooting at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. 61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system.   … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan’s ’61st Street’ filming at Cinespace”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

Michael B. Jordan’s 61st Street is on campus at Cinespace

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios‘ president, Alex Pissios has confirmed that the Michael B. Jordan AMC drama series 61st Street is on campus and they will begin shooting in 2021. 61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan’s 61st Street is on campus at Cinespace”

HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace

Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, HBO’s new drama series from J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele and showrunner/executive producer Misha Green, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts Sunday, August 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows … Continue reading “HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace”

Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios has released their own set of Production Safety Guidelines and announced their partnership with ServPro, which will be the exclusive cleaning service allowed on campus.  These updates come as the City and State move further into Phase 3 of Re-opening. Among the industries reopening- with strict safety guidelines- are: childcare businesses, libraries, bars and outdoor dining at restaurants.  Cinespace president, … Continue reading “Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines”

Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event

Sweet Home Chicago Relief & Recovery live stream event packed with Chicago celebs airs May 16 at 5PM CDT on NBC Sports Chicago, the telethon will also simultaneously stream on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.   The Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition, founded by John Koudounis, is excited to announce that Wintrust Financial and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios have joined Calamos … Continue reading “Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event”

Cinespace hosts dinner for 200 healthcare workers

This week, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios surprised 200 healthcare workers and caregivers at Mount Sinai Hospital with a warm dinner from Inspired Catering & Events of the Stefani Restaurant Group. The nutritious meals were a gesture of gratitude from the Film Studio’s executives for all of the selfless work the teams at Sinai Health Systems have … Continue reading “Cinespace hosts dinner for 200 healthcare workers”

New Normal: Cinespace more than just a studio

Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Located … Continue reading “New Normal: Cinespace more than just a studio”

Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is donating 20,000 square feet of studio space to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for storage of food boxes for families affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday, officials announced eight more deaths in Illinois related to the pandemic and 1,105 more cases statewide, raising the death toll to 65 … Continue reading “Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19

West Side production studio Cinespace has issued a statement after a California-based female producer on the FOX TV series neXt, which has production offices on the lot, tested positive for COVID-19. “We at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios received a call last night, March 9, 2020, from FOX, a Cinespace tenant. They informed us that one … Continue reading “Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19”

Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest film studio in the country, with 36 studios and more than 2 million square feet on the west and south sides of Chicago, is pleased to welcome two pilots to its campus this season. NBC has greenlight Ordinary Joe and Fox has given a pilot offer for The Big Leap. Ordinary … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC”

Cinespace pledges $50K to UC Comer Children’s Hospital

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is proud to announce a five-year pledge of $50,000 to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in support of the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit. The doctor’s “office on wheels” takes primary care to children in underserved communities on Chicago’s South Side. The 38-foot-long Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile Medical … Continue reading “Cinespace pledges $50K to UC Comer Children’s Hospital”

‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April

AMC announced today from the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour that Emmy Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country, Genius) will star in its upcoming thrilling courtroom drama 61st Street, from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of, Your Honor) and executive-produced by Michael B. … Continue reading “‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April”

Cinespace is Little Village’s ‘Campadre of the Year’

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios — located on the west side of Chicago and currently the second-largest film studio in the country — received the Campadre of the Year Award from the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and the Little Village Rotary Club. The award was presented during the Chamber’s annual holiday celebration at Mi Tierra … Continue reading “Cinespace is Little Village’s ‘Campadre of the Year’”

Cinespace President Alex Pissios honored by SOS Illinois

Cinespace Chicago Film Studio President Alex Pissios received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from SOS Children’s Villages Illinois during the organization’s Annual Meeting last week. The event took place at Drinker Biddle & Reath, where staff, board members, and corporate partners gathered with friends were to celebrate the occasion and review the year. During the … Continue reading “Cinespace President Alex Pissios honored by SOS Illinois”

Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”

Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks

Event produced by Latinos Progresando spotlights culture and contributions of Mexico and Mexican-Americans   Latinos Progresando — a Chicago community development organization working on the issues of immigration, peace, health, and education — yesterday presented MEX talks, an exciting speaker showcase featuring a panel of Mexican-American filmmakers, authors, politicians, activists, and media personalities who delivered … Continue reading “Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks”

Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day

Chicago Film Studio partners with PAWS Chicago to spread awareness and showcase “amazing pets” available for adoption   Production at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was temporarily disrupted yesterday when a half-dozen dogs appeared in a patch of grass at Rockwell and 16th. Frolicking, rolling around, and generally being adorable without really trying, the pooches were … Continue reading “Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day”

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

“neXt” — a modern-day series about technology run amok — will start shooting in Chicago this Fall Cinespace Chicago Film Studios announced today that Fox’s new American drama series, neXt, will film at its West Side campus this fall. The studio announces the news less than 24 hours after unveiling its 2019 production schedule, adding … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

The largest film studio in the Midwest prepares for a busy season of hit shows with 13 new interns Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, based on the west side of Chicago, and currently the second-largest film studio in the country, welcomes back many popular series and announces several new television shows now filming at its campuses. … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”

12 year old to host art show at Cinespace

Photographer Natalie Lising has “grown up” around film sets while receiving a lifetime of support from the Pissios family To aspiring artists, a show at Cinespace marks a great milestone in one’s career. It can sometimes take years and many dollars to produce. Hundreds of blockbusters and classic television shows have been shot, organized, and … Continue reading “12 year old to host art show at Cinespace”

Christian Bale launches SOS campaign at Cinespace

#Voices4FosterCare supports the “ever-changing landscape of child welfare in Illinois and beyond” Christian Bale gave a heartfelt boost to foster children and foster families during a press conference at Cinespace Studios yesterday afternoon. Arriving via red eye from Los Angeles, the award-winning actor joined a five-member crew to kick off the SOS Children’s Villages Illinois … Continue reading “Christian Bale launches SOS campaign at Cinespace”

Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace

Coming-of-age comedic drama follows the lives of three roommates on the autism spectrum who are “striving for the same things that we all desire” Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, based on the west side of Chicago announced a deal with Amazon Studios to begin filming the half-hour … Continue reading “Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace”

Cinespace donates $25K to educational foundation

Chicago Film Studio’s generosity honors a tradition of community support established by Cinespace Founder, “Uncle” Nick Mirkopoulos Cinespace Chicago Film Studios will donate $25,000 to enable Greek schools to modernize curriculum and enhance student participation, as announced by the Chicago Greektown Educational Fund (CGEF). The announcement renews support from CGEF’s “Nick Mirkopoulos Scholarship” partner one … Continue reading “Cinespace donates $25K to educational foundation”

Cinespace’ Pissios “Caregiver for a Day” at Sinai Health

The President of one of the world’s largest film studios works with Chicago afterschool program to promote volunteering and youth mentoring On Wednesday, March 13, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios President and CEO Alex Pissios volunteered at Sinai Health System as “Caregiver for a Day” during the afterschool program with students from Plamundon Elementary School. Mr. … Continue reading “Cinespace’ Pissios “Caregiver for a Day” at Sinai Health”

Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’

Chicago film campus will be home to the musical drama that became an “internet favorite” after last summer’s pilot premier   Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, announced an agreement with Netflix to film ten episodes of the musical drama Mixtape, starring Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and Madeleine … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’”

Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’

Digital content distributor to film Gillian Flynn-remake of the British thriller at Chicago’s West Side studio campus   Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, a 1.45 million square foot studio facility on the west side of downtown Chicago with additional studios in development at 31st and Kedzie, has inked an agreement with Amazon Studios to begin production … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’”

Cinespace community outreach gets Congressional nod

The studio’s Mirkopoulos Internship Program grows stronger with legislation backed by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi   A roomful of esteemed film industry leaders spent their lunch hours paying tribute to less than a dozen entry-level employees at Cinespace Studios last Friday afternoon. They came for a press conference hosted by Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who spoke … Continue reading “Cinespace community outreach gets Congressional nod”

Cinespace donates studio set to Whitney Young’s Dub TV

The new Dub TV studio set includes elements of Cookie’s bedroom from season one of the hit show “Empire”   Whitney M. Young Magnet High School’s Dub TV Studio received a major upgrade yesterday when Cinespace Chicago Film Studios donated a new set to the show that is created by students of the West Side … Continue reading “Cinespace donates studio set to Whitney Young’s Dub TV”

CineTech returns to Cinespace in September

The Midwest’s biggest film and television production event will feature guest speakers, comprehensive courses, and access to vendor products Barbizon Chicago presents CineTech 2018, the Midwest’s premier education event for film and television lighting and support, on September 8 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Sponsored by IATSE Local 476, DePaul University, and Cinelease Chicago, the … Continue reading “CineTech returns to Cinespace in September”

Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace

Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are bringing their new HBO series to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Titled Lovecraft Country, the series is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. According to IMDb, the story is about “a young African-American (who) travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing … Continue reading “Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace”

Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala

Chicago film industry scores one of the year’s most significant milestones while helping people wih disabilities Last night on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, hundreds of guests raised thousands of dollars for people with disabilities during the Anixter Center’s 7th annual gala, held this year in honor of Cinespace President Alexander Pissios. Temporarily … Continue reading “Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala”

Chicago’s Cinespace Studios to add outdoor backlots

Chicago filmmakers have longed dreamt about turning Chicago into a Midwest Hollywood. Now, Cinespace Studios‘ president, Alex Pissios, has taken the steps to make that dream a reality. What has been in the works for two years came to fruition this past Wednesday when City Council passed an ordinance allowing the 1.45 million sq. ft. … Continue reading “Chicago’s Cinespace Studios to add outdoor backlots”

1:53 p.m. — Alex Pissios, Cinespace President

Alex Pissios just finished giving a tour to a group of people who do not seem to be directly connected to the film industry. That’s fine with him. “My Uncle Nick was big on giving back to the neighborhood,” Pissios explains. “He used to tell me that, ‘these people have lived here a long time. … Continue reading “1:53 p.m. — Alex Pissios, Cinespace President”

New TNT show scheduled to film at Cinespace this fall

During an exclusive conversation with ReelChicago yesterday, Cincespace CEO Alex Pissios informed publisher Barbara Roche and editor Daniel Patton that the pilot for TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark will begin production at the Chicago studio this fall.

“They’re moving into offices September 11, shooting in October,” he said. “It’s a done deal.”

DePaul expands to second 12.5K-sq. ft. Cinespace stage

DePaul University, in the fourth year of its 10-year studio rental lease at Cinespace, added a second sound stage in the program the school informally calls “DePaul-to-TV pipeline” because of the jobs it offers students.

DePaul’s new Cinespace facility, 12,500-sq. ft. Stage 16/17, one of Cinespace’s 30 stages, is a further commitment to Cinespace’s and DePaul’s larger partnership with the School of Cinematic ARts in the College of Computing and Digital Media.  

New Fox TV series greenlit; Cinespace to add stages

Fox Television announced that two of its four dramatic pilots that filmed in Chicago this winter were greenlit for series production. While not officially stated, there’s strong reason to expect new series will return to Chicago.

“That would be extraordinarily good news,” notes Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal. “This surge of activity points to the quality of our crews, talent and facilities and Chicago’s ability to be a major player in episodic television.”

Three new shows set up at Cinespace ready to roll

“Transformers” director Michael Bay will return to Chicago later this year to produce the fifth installment of his franchise, he told WGN’s Dean Richards.  But that’s only the tip of the iceberg!

Here’s what ReelChicago learned is ahead for our production market in the foreseeable future, all headquartering and filming at Cinespace.

Cinespace builds 4 new stages; 2 films set up offices

Cinespace continues to expand its stage capacity, with four new sound stages now under construction that boost the total number of stages to 21.

“We took one big space that we had, not really a sound stage, and are in the process of constructing two stages, each 25,000-sq. ft. and two that are each 18,000-sq. ft.,” says Cinespace president Alex Pissios.

AbelCine is Cinespace’s latest and greatest addition

New York-headquartered camera sales and service provider giant AbelCine will settle in at Cinespace in mid-summer, offering a unique Learning Point for on-going educational workshops and seminars, an interactive sales showroom space for hands-on equipment evaluation, and a welcoming center for community activities.

DePaul/Cinespace rolls out 3-ton custom grip truck

No film school in the country has got what DePaul/Cinespace’s Cinema and Interactive Media program will be rolling out this summer: a custom-built, 3-ton grip and electric truck for student production use.

The $100,000 truck was designed and built by John Corba, Assistant Director of DePaul/Cinespace and DePaul MFA alum, and Joe Lyons, DePaul/Cinespace equipment manager, both with decades of feature crew experience.

Cinespace aims to be world’s largest studio complex

Whether he was aware of it or not, Nick Mirkopoulos, the late owner of Cinespace Studios, was a proponent of Chicago’s motto, “Make no little plans.”

Thanks to his meticulous planning for the company’s future, Cinespace Chicago will seamlessly continue to host major entertainment projects – and grow to become the biggest studio complex in the world.

Mayor gets behind Cinespace property tax incentive

With an incentive that will reduce Cinespace Studios’ real estate taxes to further enable it to “put more money into the infrastructure,” says president Alex Pissios, the studio will complete 25 stages, one of which will a rare “water stage.”  

On Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel, a supporter of the film industry who understands its positive economic impact, proposed a property tax reduction of $3.5 million over 12 years for the studio.

Cinespace, CSC expansion to give city 11 new stages

Besides 2013 being the year of Chicago’s major breakthrough as a favored location for Hollywood entertainment projects and a giant film spend increase pouring into the local economy — this summer also will mark the year of the biggest stage expansion ever. 

Both Cinespace Studios and Chicago Studio City are gearing up for expansion to accommodate the anticipated new business from Hollywood that’s starting to head our wave in droves.

DePaul, Cinespace form film education partnership

It’s axiomatic that college grads go where the jobs are and in the film industry that points to Los Angeles. But wait!  With the announcement of a partnership between DePaul University’s cinema studios and Cinespace, graduates now may have the option of a successful entertainment film career in Chicago.

Hollywood star Billy Zane joining Cinespace as EP

When a famous Hollywood movie star returns to his native Chicago in March, the local film industry will have its first  informal ambassador to Hollywood, to interest other Chicagoans in the movie business to come back home to work.

Actor Billy Zane –star of “Titanic” and an amazing 110 other movies and TV shows over a 28-year span – has joined Cinespace studios as executive producer.

Cinespace expands services with L.A. catering firm

A year after Gov. Pat Quinn led the groundbreaking ceremonies, $80 million Cinespace is starting to come together like the major Hollywood-like studio complex it promised it would be.

Gala Catering is the first L.A.-based company to announce setting up permanent shop at Cinespace, with full-scale plans for expansion ready to go. 

“With them, we are getting off to a great start in building our vision of a total, one-stop, film friendly community,” says Cinespace general manager Alex Pisseos, with more vendor move-ins to follow shortly.

Quinn talks jobs at official Cinespace Studios opening

It was all about jobs.  And if the media and people assembled for the Cinespace ribbon-cutting and press conference Tuesday didn’t get it the first time, Gov. Pat Quinn made sure they did by repeating, “It’s all about the jobs, the jobs, the J-O-B-S” when questioned about the value of the Toronto-owned studio to Chicago.

Jobs, indeed, were at the heart of the $5 million Illinois Jobs Now! Capital program grant to Cinespace, of which $3 million was reportedly given to the studio prior to Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony helmed by Gov. Quinn.

Cinespace gets a clean bill from EPA inspectors

A minor remodeling accident last week at Cinespace Studios blew out of control when a freelancer allegedly suspected asbestos contamination and decided to play hero and call in an EPA inspector. 

The freelancer works on the production of “Boss,” the 8-part TV series – that originally had planned to film in Pittsburgh — headquartering at Near West Side Cinespace.  The production occupies large offices on the studio’s fourth and fifth floors. 

At last, new Cinespace stage complex under construction

The timing couldn’t be worse. The much-anticipated Cinespace Chicago film studio was into construction on the first phase of the soundstages when the House rushed to pass Senate Bill 4 that calls for ending Illinois’ tax incentives in five years.

The 350,000-sq. ft. soundstage is the first of the plan for be eight contiguous stages on the 48 acre former Ryerson Steel Campus between Ogden and Western Avenues on the Near Southwest Side.

Amazon Studios debuts official teaser trailer for Paper Girls

Amazon Studios has debuted the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated series Paper Girls.  The series that was filmed in the Chicago area last summer will premiere all eight episodes exclusively on Prime Video on Friday, July 29 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Described as “a high-stakes personal journey depicted through the eyes of … Continue reading “Amazon Studios debuts official teaser trailer for Paper Girls”

Chicago PD, Somebody Somewhere among Humanitas Prizes nominees

Humanitas has revealed the nominees for this year’s Humanitas Prizes, which recognize “television and film writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced way.” The award is given out in nine categories, including comedy, drama and limited series. This year’s nominees include Chicago-filmed projects Chicago P.D. and Somebody Somewhere. For the Best Drama … Continue reading “Chicago PD, Somebody Somewhere among Humanitas Prizes nominees”

Former Blue Island hospital up for grabs as the next Chicago Film Studio

The shuttered MetroSouth Medical Center in the South Chicago suburb of Blue Island is tapped to get a new lease on life. The Florida real estate firm that holds ownership is preparing to repurpose the property by marketing it to sell as a film studio or hub for life science research. Lockwood Partners has hired … Continue reading “Former Blue Island hospital up for grabs as the next Chicago Film Studio”

PRG is hosting the Filmscape 2022 Official Afterparty 

This weekend will be the fourth year for Filmscape Chicago, the Midwest’s largest education-focused film and television tradeshow, and PRG invites you to join them for the Filmscape 2022 Official Afterparty. The 2022 Filmscape tradeshow will be held at CineCity Studios Chicago, the state of the art production facility located at 1414 South Western Avenue, … Continue reading “PRG is hosting the Filmscape 2022 Official Afterparty “

Sheila R. Brown joins AICP in newly created position

Sheila R. Brown carries her passion and years of expertise in creating diversity, equity and inclusion in the film industry, to the newly created position at AICP as VP, Equity & Inclusion. Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced the appointment of Sheila R. Brown as the association’s first-ever VP, Equity & Inclusion. Brown … Continue reading “Sheila R. Brown joins AICP in newly created position”

Sheila R. Brown exits from CineCares after a long history of changing lives

Sheila R. Brown has stepped down from her position as Executive Director of the CineCares Division of Cinespace Film Studios. Brown joined the Mirkopoulos and Pissios families at Cinespace in 2016 to help partner in the development of the Mirkopoulos Inclusion Program. The program was part of the CineCares Foundation, created to help young adults … Continue reading “Sheila R. Brown exits from CineCares after a long history of changing lives”

Chicago Med Finale pics & promo for And Now We Come To The End

The Chicago Med finale is this Wednesday.  Chicago Med ends Season 7 with lots of surprises in the final episode titled And Now We Come To The End airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Will and Hannah clash over a patient in need of a kidney transplant. Crockett … Continue reading “Chicago Med Finale pics & promo for And Now We Come To The End”

Chicago P.D. Finale pics & promo for ‘You and Me’

This week is the finale for Season 9 on Chicago P.D.  We have this week’s pics and promo for Chicago P.D. titled You and Me, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC. As if last week’s episode wasn’t shocking enough, prepare yourself for the season finale. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: After … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. Finale pics & promo for ‘You and Me’”

Chicago Fire: Finale pics and promo ‘The Magnificent City of Chicago’

We have exclusive photos of the filming of the Severide and Kidd wedding and we will post them immediately following the airing of the episode on Wednesday night. Chicago Fire has completed another season and this finale will top them all. Bring out the box of tissues. This promises to be an evening of smiles and tears … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: Finale pics and promo ‘The Magnificent City of Chicago’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo for Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth

Just one more episode until the Chicago Med finale. There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Dylan and Ethan treat a patient shot during a drug raid. Charles and Vanessa work together … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo for Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth”

Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, House of Cards

This week Chicago P.D. has a new episode and we are just one away from the big finale. We have this week’s pics and promo for Chicago P.D. titled House of Cards, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC. Something is not right and judging by the promo teaser Hailey (Tracy Spiridakos) takes a hard hit. Here’s … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, House of Cards”

Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo Last Chance

We have a few exclusive photos of the Chicago Fire cast and crew at work while filming a scene in this episode titled Last Chance and we have the promo photos released by NBC. We’re just one episode until the big finale. This episode will air Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC. Judging by the Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo Last Chance”

Chicago Fire has wrapped for the season

Chicago Fire has wrapped for the season. The cast and crew will be on hiatus for about 8 weeks. Chicago Fire had a difficult season to get through with a short shut down caused by positive Covid-19 testing, extending their shooting days beyond Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. If your’re like me, you’re wondering what … Continue reading “Chicago Fire has wrapped for the season”

Free Spirit Media announces premiere screening of Bermuda at IFA Chicago

Free Spirit Media announces its first in-person public screening in over two years. In association with IFA Chicago, Free Spirit Media presents the premiere of Bermuda, a short film written by Jasmine Ogunjimi and directed by Lorenzo Leyva on May 21, 2022. On the evening of her 25th birthday, Tomi Adebiyi is surrounded by half-packed … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media announces premiere screening of Bermuda at IFA Chicago”

Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, Memory

We’re just three episodes away from the big finale. This week Chicago P.D. has a new episode and the following two episodes will have you staying home on Wednesday nights. We have this week’s pics and promo for Chicago P.D. titled Memory, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, Memory”

Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo Halfway to the Moon

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”

A Taste of Filmscape, Classes Now Live, Instagram Takeovers, and More!

Did you miss NAB? Free audience registration is still open for Filmscape Chicago 2022! See all the newest film and television production gear, plus classes, demos, networking and more! Entering their fourth year, Filmscape Chicago is the Midwest’s largest education-focused film and television tradeshow. Bringing the best of the best of lighting, camera, audio, and … Continue reading “A Taste of Filmscape, Classes Now Live, Instagram Takeovers, and More!”

Here’s what’s filming this week on the streets of Chicago May 9-13

Chicago Med and P.D. have both wrapped for the season. Chicago Fire will be filming their finale this week. It is promised to be the top finale of all times according to showrunner Derek Haas. The new start up this year is season one of Justified: City Primeval seen filming on Chicago streets as of … Continue reading “Here’s what’s filming this week on the streets of Chicago May 9-13”

Jesse Spencer comes home to Firehouse 51 for Chicago Fire finale

Jesse Spencer will officially be back at Firehouse 51 for the Chicago Fire season 10 finale. Last season when Jesse Spencer announced that he was leaving the show, we suspected that he would be back as Best Man for the wedding of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo). The showrunners Derek Haas and Andrea Newman have … Continue reading “Jesse Spencer comes home to Firehouse 51 for Chicago Fire finale”

Chicago P.D. has wrapped for season 9

Chicago P.D. has wrapped filming for season 9. Along with the warmer weather comes summer hiatus for Chicago P.D., Med, and Fire. Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med have wrapped filming for the season this week. Chicago Fire will wrap on May 9. The shows will take a two week break before we can watch the … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. has wrapped for season 9”

It’s a wrap for Chicago Med season 7

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”

Power Book IV: Force will return for Season 2 in May

Power Book IV: Force, is coming back to town soon. Season 2 is scheduled to begin filming in Chicago around the end of May. The majority of filming will take place at Cinespace, with location filming throughout the Chicago area. If production stays on schedule, Season 2 should premiere in February 2023. STARZ hit a … Continue reading “Power Book IV: Force will return for Season 2 in May”

Official trailer for Chicago made series, Night Sky has been released

The official trailer for the series, Night Sky with Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons has been released by Prime Video, with a premiere date of May 20th. The sci-fi drama was filmed last summer in Chicago and the south suburb of Blue Island, and  Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. It is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Legendary Television. … Continue reading “Official trailer for Chicago made series, Night Sky has been released”

Chicago Med: pics & promo Like A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes 

There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled Like A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Halstead and Asher work to save a surrogate’s baby; Charles cares for a patient on a hunger strike; Choi and Archer help a … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo Like A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes “

Chicago Fire: New episode, pics & promo for Finish What You Started

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Finish What You Started. 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: Firehouse 51 tackles a fire caused by a dropped jet engine, and one of their own is accused of a theft related … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode, pics & promo for Finish What You Started”

Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, Fool’s Gold

Chicago P.D. has a new episode this week. Here’s this week’s pics and promo for Chicago P.D. titled Fool’s Gold, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: After the murder of a wealthy Chicago man, Atwater and the team dig in to uncover the truth, suspecting … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, Fool’s Gold”

Chicago Med: pics & promo Judge Not, For You Will be Judged 

There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled Judge Not, For You Will be Judged airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Archer and Asher clash over a patient with close ties to Goodwin; after a patient is shot during a home invasion, Scott and … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo Judge Not, For You Will be Judged “

Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo for What’s Inside You

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled What’s Inside You. 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: Firehouse 51 must band together when one of their own is taken hostage. Below are set pics that NBC has put together for … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo for What’s Inside You”

Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, ‘New Guard’

Chicago P.D. is back with a new episode. Here’s this week’s pics and promo for Chicago P.D. titled New Guard, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Halstead takes a new recruit under his wing during an investigation; the dynamics are challenging, however, and questions arise … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pics & promo for a new episode this week, ‘New Guard’”

Filmed in Chicago ’61st Street’ premieres on Sunday 4/10

61st Street — the AMC two-season television event with eight episodes per season is set to debut on Sunday, April 10, at 9 pm CT on AMC. The Michael B Jordan series was filmed last year at Cinespace and exterior Chicago locations. Here’s the official information that AMC has made available for Sunday’s Season 1 Episode 1: Moses … Continue reading “Filmed in Chicago ’61st Street’ premieres on Sunday 4/10”

Chicago Med: pics & promo If You Love Someone, Set Them Free

There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled If You Love Someone, Set Them Free airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Rival gangs bring their war to Med. Will and Charles work with a teenage brain cancer patient who’s refusing treatment. Tensions run high … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo If You Love Someone, Set Them Free”

Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo for Keep You Safe

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Keep You Safe. The episode will air Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Severide and Kidd work with CPD regarding a suspicious car wreck. Hawkins and Violet’s relationship is in jeopardy. Chloe and Cruz adjust … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo for Keep You Safe”

Reel Women: Angie Gaffney, Executive Director at IFA Chicago, film producer

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Angie Gaffney are making “Herstory.” Strong, confident, capable, Angie Gaffney is a true renaissance woman … Continue reading “Reel Women: Angie Gaffney, Executive Director at IFA Chicago, film producer”

Chicago P.D. is back with a new episode, pics & promo for ‘Adrift’

Chicago P.D. is back with a new episode. Here’s this week’s pics and promo for Chicago P.D. titled Adrift, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Ruzek’s search for the daughter of an old family friend leads the team into a serious drug … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. is back with a new episode, pics & promo for ‘Adrift’”

Filmscape Chicago new dates, new venue, same mission

Filmscape Chicago, the Midwest’s largest education-focused film and television trade show, is back with new dates, new venue, same mission. This year Filmscape Chicago will be held on June 25 – 26, at CineCity Studios Chicago a gorgeous production facility at 1414 S. Western, just minutes away from Cinespace. Entering their fourth year, they bring … Continue reading “Filmscape Chicago new dates, new venue, same mission”

Reel Women: Justyna Grabowski Exec Director of Operations at CineCity

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Justyna Grabowski are making “Herstory.” Justyna Grabowski is the Executive Director of Operations at CineCity … Continue reading “Reel Women: Justyna Grabowski Exec Director of Operations at CineCity”

Lightyears changes name to Night Sky and sets show launch date

The Amazon sci-fi drama series Lightyears that filmed in Chicago last summer, with Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons has changed the title of the show to Night Sky. They are currently finishing up post production for an expected show launch date of May 20th. Amazon will drop all eight episodes at the same time. Night … Continue reading “Lightyears changes name to Night Sky and sets show launch date”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Closer’

This week’s pics and promo for a new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Closer, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: When a young man is shot outside the Cárabo Bakery, the team works to connect the shooting to bakery owner Javier Escano, who … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Closer’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear

There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Halstead helps a patient with long-haul COVID-19 symptoms; Taylor reflects on her dating life when she learns that a patient’s daughter is … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for Hot and Fast

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Hot and Fast. 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: Chicago Fire 10×16 Hot and Fast Season 10 Episode 16 Promo – Cruz forms a bond with a young immigrant boy … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for Hot and Fast”

Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a second season

STARZ has announced that Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a second season. The third spinoff in the Power franchise debuted February 6 as the most-watched premiere ever in STARZ history with 3.3M multiplatform views in the U.S. alone. Along with the announcement of the renewal, STARZ also shared that the series creator … Continue reading “Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a second season”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Gone’

This week’s pics and promo for a new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Gone, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: The unit scrambles to search for one of their own who is in grave danger. Below are exclusive set pics and the promotional spot that … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Gone’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo Things Meant to be Bent Not Broken

There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled Things Meant to be Bent Not Broken airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Dylan’s cop instincts come to life when he suspects his patient may be a drug dealer. Will must … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo Things Meant to be Bent Not Broken”

More Severide stunts this week on Chicago Fire in The Missing Place

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”

Chicago Fire is about to see some new cast members in Season 10

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”

Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘All The Things That Could Have Happened’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled All The Things That Could Have Happened airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Goodwin assigns Med’s new compliance officer to a patient with a long-hauler COVID condition; Maggie helps Halstead treat a patient … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘All The Things That Could Have Happened’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Blood Relation’

This week’s pics and promo for a new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Blood Relation, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: The team searches for a brutal killer with a signature modus operandi; Burgess and Ruzek double down in their fight to retain custody of … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Blood Relation’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for An Officer with Grit

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”

Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘Reality Leaves a lot to the Imagination’

Chicago Med is back with new episodes. Here are the pics and promo for the new episode this week titled Reality Leaves A Lot To The Imagination airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Dylan and Archer diagnose a pregnant woman with a … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘Reality Leaves a lot to the Imagination’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for Fire Cop

Chicago Fire is back after their winter break with a new episode. Here are the pics and promo for the new episode titled Fire Cop. 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: Severide and Seager team up to investigate a fire … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for Fire Cop”

Chicago P.D.’s Tracy Spiridakos makes dramatic Chicago River rescue

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”

Fargo has been picked up for Season 5

Fargo fans should be thrilled to hear that Noah Hawley’s Emmy-winning anthology series is officially returning for a fifth season. FX announced during their presentation at the Television Critics Association’s virtual winter press tour that the network has ordered a fifth season of the series inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 cult classic film.  We … Continue reading “Fargo has been picked up for Season 5”

RBL celebrates: Sheila R. Brown Executive Director of CineCares

Editor’s Note: The Reel Black List is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. Today we celebrate Sheila R. Brown. Sheila R. Brown is the Executive Director of the CineCares Division of … Continue reading “RBL celebrates: Sheila R. Brown Executive Director of CineCares”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for ‘Show of Force’

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Show of Force. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Boden (Eamonn Walker) is about to go up against some powerful people in defense of Pelham. Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) will also stand up for Pelham. Here’s … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for ‘Show of Force’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You’

Here are the pics and promo for a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Brian Tee returns as Dr. Ethan Choi which will give us an update on his recovery and further the storyline of his struggle whether to reconcile … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Protect’

This week’s pics and promo for a new episode of Chicago P.D. titled To Protect, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. As the promo suggest, the team works together to identify the head of the brutal Los Temidos gang. While Voight dives deeper into his informant Anna Avalos, his choice could have life-threatening consequences when … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Protect’”

Chicago P.D. pauses filming due to positive Covid tests

Chicago P.D. is the latest TV series to fall victim to the Omicron variant Covid-19 surge, requiring a pause in production Thursday morning after a number of positive Covid tests were reported. Some of the cases were in Zone A, which includes the cast and those who directly interact with them. Our sources say that … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pauses filming due to positive Covid tests”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Lies’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Lies is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Voight employs his new informant to help solve a tricky drug trafficking case. Atwater, who once again struggles to reconcile his personal and professional life, reaches a decision.  Below are … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Lies’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo The Things We Thought We Left Behind

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled The Things We Thought We Left Behind airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Crockett and Blake clash with Randall when a famous alcoholic football player needs a liver transplant. Dylan is reluctantly reunited … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo The Things We Thought We Left Behind”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for new episode Fog of War

Chicago Fire returns to high ratings for the second half of season 10. This is another new episode titled Fog of War. 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: On a call with Station 37, a firefighter is struck by a … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for new episode Fog of War”

Chicago Med begins 2022 with No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago

Chicago Med begins the second half of Season 7 with the episode titled No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago airing this Wednesday, January 5 at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  In the first episode of 2022, Goodwin finds herself under fire after word of the Vas-COM scandal makes waves. She clashes with the new hospital compliance officer … Continue reading “Chicago Med begins 2022 with No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago”

Chicago P.D. part II of Season 9 begins tonight

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Home Safe begins the second half of Season 9 airing Wednesday, January 5 at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. This episode marks their 2022 premiere date. In the promo for the premiere episode, Burgess feels it is time to set some boundaries with Ruzek to help protect Makayla. Here’s the … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. part II of Season 9 begins tonight”

Chicago Fire is ‘Back with A Bang’ for the second half of season 10

Chicago Fire returns with lots of action and surprises for the second half of season 10 in a new episode titled Back With a Bang. Stella Kidd is back! And if that isn’t enough excitement for one night, the entire team at Firehouse 51 joins in to put out a dangerous potassium fire in a tunnel. The … Continue reading “Chicago Fire is ‘Back with A Bang’ for the second half of season 10”

Reel Chicago top 21 stories for 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 Fire fans should be worried about the future of Kidd and Severide

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”

Plans for Brett and Casey in the second half of Chicago Fire

During the 200th episode of Chicago Fire, after nearly 10 years and 200 episodes, Jesse Spencer‘s character Matthew Casey made a life-altering decision to move to Oregon, which led to him being written off of the series. The character Matt Casey decided in the episode prior that he was going to leave Chicago because he … Continue reading “Plans for Brett and Casey in the second half of Chicago Fire”

Chicago Fire mid-season finale recap Winterfest is full of surprises

In the spirit of giving, the One Chicago franchise has gifted fans with Christmas episodes of all our favorites including our heroes on Chicago Fire, with a very special surprise! The Chicago Fire episode titled Winterfest begins with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) looking at his text messages before soberly leaving his home to go to … Continue reading “Chicago Fire mid-season finale recap Winterfest is full of surprises”

Chicago P.D. recap of mid-season finale No Way Out

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”

Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’

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’”

Chicago P.D. releases teaser pics for the winter finale

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled No Way Out is the winter finale airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. This will be the final episode for Season 7 in 2021. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. return for their 2022 premiere date on Wednesday, January 5 It’s time to tie up loose ends … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. releases teaser pics for the winter finale”

Chicago Med final episode in 2021 Secret Santa Has A Gift For You

Chicago Med has a new episode titled Secret Santa Has A Gift For You airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  This will be the final episode for Season 7 in 2021. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. return for their 2022 premiere date on Wednesday, January 5 With more than one character keeping … Continue reading “Chicago Med final episode in 2021 Secret Santa Has A Gift For You”

Chicago Fire gets into the holiday spirit by saving Santa in ‘Winterfest’

Chicago Fire gets into the holiday spirit this week with a new episode titled Winterfest. The holiday fun has begun at Firehouse 51. The decorations are up, the gifts are under the Christmas tree, and we will even have an opportunity to see Ritter’s dalmatian, Tuesday who has become the unofficial 51 dog. But it’s … Continue reading “Chicago Fire gets into the holiday spirit by saving Santa in ‘Winterfest’”

Chicago Fire: our favorite moments in Season 10

Chicago Fire is in the middle of Fall hiatus until December 8 when a new episode drops. This break gave us an opportunity to share our favorite moments in Season 10 so far. From the onset of Season 10, Fire has been packed with surprises. From being uncertain if our team would survive being trapped … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: our favorite moments in Season 10”

Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving

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”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘What Happened At Whiskey Point’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled What Happened At Whiskey Point is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Severide and Herrmann clash over office space. Boden looks at Pelham’s past as he considers making him permanent. Gallo’s resentment of Pelham comes to a head. … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘What Happened At Whiskey Point’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Dylan’s loyalty to Med and the police department is challenged when an old family friend and veteran cop exhibits … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Fractures’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Fractures is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: As the team investigates the stabbing of a father with two young daughters, they begin to suspect there is more to the story than meets the eye. The … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Fractures’”

Brett Dalton added to Chicago Fire cast after Jesse Spencer’s departure

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”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Trust Me’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Trust Me is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: As the team works to bring down a drug ring, Voight builds trust with a new informant. However, it soon becomes clear she has a plan of her own.  … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Trust Me’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Whom Shall I Fear’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled Whom Shall I Fear is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Gallo clashes with the new lieutenant temporarily filling in for Casey. Severide closes in on a dangerous and deadly arsonist.  Below are exclusive set pics and the … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Whom Shall I Fear’”

Chicago Med: pics & promo A Square Peg In A Round Hole

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled A Square Peg In A Round Hole airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Crockett helps Dr. Blake replace a patient’s liver. Vanessa tries to prove herself. Will continues to pursue the truth about Cooper. … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo A Square Peg In A Round Hole”

Chicago Med: pics & promo When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail: Stevie’s personal and professional worlds collide when her mother becomes her patient. Dylan’s … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘End of Watch’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled End of Watch is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Ruzek reunites with an old colleague to take down a crime ring but when things don’t add up, Voight and Burgess do some investigating of their own. Below … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘End of Watch’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Dead Zone’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled Dead Zone is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: A major security breach in the city’s computer networks forces Firehouse 51’s senior leaders to take matters into their own hands. Severide gears up for an arson investigation. Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Dead Zone’”

Jesse Spencer leaves Chicago Fire after 10 seasons

When Reel Chicago reported about the Season 10 premiere of Chicago Fire in September we mentioned that Jesse Spencer had not publicly confirmed whether his contract had been renewed. At that time we were speculating about the relationship between Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer). It seems that his contract has not … Continue reading “Jesse Spencer leaves Chicago Fire after 10 seasons”

IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry

IFA Chicago’s inaugural Fall Into Film Block Party event, celebrates the growth of the film industry in Chicago, the arts, creatives & filmmakers, and the local community. Whether you are a creator/filmmaker, member of the community, sponsor, business in the neighborhood or a local community member…all those looking to support our mission – this event … Continue reading “IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry”

Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo ‘Change is a Tough Pill to Swallow’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Change Is a Tough Pill To Swallow airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode Change Is a Tough Pill To Swallow: Charles helps Dylan with a longtime patient who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. Stevie, Maggie … Continue reading “Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo ‘Change is a Tough Pill to Swallow’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Burnside’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Burnside is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: As the team works to solve a deadly shooting in Burnside, Atwater realizes he has a very personal connection to the case. Below are exclusive set … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Burnside’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Two Hundred’

This week Chicago Fire celebrates their milestone 200th episode appropriately titled Two Hundred. Number 200 airs Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In the show’s milestone 200th episode, Casey makes a life-altering decision. Gallo, Ritter and Violet agree to an interview and photo shoot. Brett … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Two Hundred’”

On set with cast and crew as Chicago Fire celebrates their 200th

Currently in its 10th season and as popular as ever, Wednesday night mainstay and mothership to the One Chicago universe, NBC drama Chicago Fire crosses the milestone 200th episode on Oct. 20 (8-9 p.m. CST) with an episode appropriately titled “Two Hundred.”  Here are the photos that were captured during the recent celebration on set with … Continue reading “On set with cast and crew as Chicago Fire celebrates their 200th”

Chicago Fire hits 200 and we have the celebration pics

The One Chicago franchise hits another major milestone as Chicago Fire films their 200th episode. Our friends at Chicago Fire shared these exclusive photos as the cast and crew celebrated the filming of episode 200. This is an amazing milestone and a rare celebration that the majority of shows never experience. Here’s the official information … Continue reading “Chicago Fire hits 200 and we have the celebration pics”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled The Right Thing is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Kidd spreads her wings as a lieutenant. Chief Hawkins rides with Ambulance 61 to learn more about Brett. Casey takes a trip out of town. A Ritter date … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’”

Chicago’s love/hate relationship with major film productions

Chicago’s disenchantment with filmmaking, and how Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the largest film studio in the U.S. partners with their neighbors. The film industry has steadily been growing into a booming business for the City of Chicago and while the business has provided a substantial increase in revenue and jobs for Chicagoans, not everyone is … Continue reading “Chicago’s love/hate relationship with major film productions”