We’re all waiting for the Chicago Fire Season 11 premiere to start off where the Season 10 finale cliffhanger left us.
Who is the stalker outside the Severide and Kidd honeymoon cabin in the woods?
As the season ended, Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) agreed to testify before a grand jury against drug dealer Thomas Campbell (Eric Slater.) That ended up in a knife fight on the day of the testimony with one of Campbell’s guys. Severide landed a kick that sent the knife-wielding assailant through a window to his death. The authorities assured Severide that Campbell has fled from town and he was out of danger.
Ummm, no we don’t think so.
Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) finally tied the knot and as they settled into their very isolated honeymoon cabin in the woods, a pickup truck pulled up, and you just know it’s not Uber Eats.
While we wait, not very patiently, for the premiere, we grew curious about the location of this isolated, little rustic honeymoon cabin in the middle of nowhere. So we set out to find it. Maybe Northern Wisconsin? Michigan?
It turned out to be much closer than that. The historic little cabin is known as The Boy Scout Cabin and it is located in Northside Park in Chicago’s western suburb of Wheaton.
The 68 acre historic Northside Park is located at 1300 N West St, Wheaton, IL. The Boy Scout Cabin was built in the 1930’s by the Works Progress Administration and has been host to many activities over the past 80 years.
We will not need a spoiler alert here but we can say that last Thursday, a portion of the park was blocked off and equipment was scattered across the lawn in front of the cabin as crews began prepping for Friday’s shoot. The filming began Friday evening and continued through the night.
360º interior view of the cabin
It will be fun to see how the set decorators will turn this bare space into a cozy honeymoon cabin.
Wheaton Park District Executive Director Mike Benard confirmed that Chicago Fire would be filming in the park and a community notice was issued as follows:
Residents in the area of Northside Park should be aware that on Friday, July 22, an NBC Universal film shoot has been authorized that includes simulated gunfire for a short period of time. We are alerting the community of this planned activity so that neighbors are not alarmed if they hear what sounds like gunfire. The filming is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and will continue overnight.
The production company received permission to use a scout cabin at Northside Park during evening hours for their project. The filming includes an action sequence with fake gunfire, using weapons loaded with what are commonly known as “blanks.” No real ammunition will be used. The production company will have security on site and will have a portion of the park blocked off during filming. The production company will also be providing notices to residents who live in the immediate area to inform them of this activity.
The Chicago Fire premiere episode will air on September 21, 2022, at 8 CST. Meanwhile the cabin location is just about a half hour west of Chicago if you’d like to drop in.