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 square foot industrial building near its main campus to expand its footprint and bring more stages online for the busy content creation industry.

As production begin to ramp back up the studio continues to strictly follow health and safety best practices from the CDC and Illinois Guidance.

New production scheduled to film at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios this spring include Lightyears61stStreetPower Book IV: Force, and Paper Girls. The productions will bring more than 200 – 300 new jobs per show to the campus and play a vital role in resurrecting the television and film industry in Chicago. 

“We’re really happy to have the industry back in action on our campus,” said Alex Pissios, president and CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. “During this pandemic, I think we all had a chance to experience how essential quality shows are to our culture and even to our mental health. Having Chicago as a  critical link to providing not only quality entertainment, but also good-paying jobs in our community makes all the extra effort to help production companies keep filming worth it.”  


Lightyears is a sci-fi drama co-produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television by writer Holden Miller and producer Daniel C. Connolly. The show follows a couple who discovered a chamber buried in their backyard, which inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. They’ve carefully guarded their secret, but when a mysterious young man enters their lives, the couples’ quiet existence is quickly upended. The furtive chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could ever have imagined. Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek and three-time Emmy-nominated Ed O’Neill will star in the sci-fi drama. Lightyears will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.  

UPDATE: Lightyears was renamed Night Sky before it was released and Ed O’Neill was replaced by J.K. Simmons.

Sissy Spacek and Ed O’Neill star in Amazon series ‘Lightyears’


Executive producer Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) is already shooting the AMC drama series 61stStreet at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. This courtroom drama follows a promising black high school athlete who is swept up into the Chicago criminal justice system.  This timely and provocative drama is set against the systemic abuse that exists in some of our country’s most vulnerable communities. 

Power Book IV: Force

Power Book IV: Force, the third spin-off of the popular Starz Power series produced by Lionsgate, is also shooting at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Forceis set on Chicago’s South Side and stars Chicago Northwest Side native Joseph Sikora and also welcomes Anthony Fleming (Prison Break) and Lucien Cambric (Chicago PD) to the show. Force will follow Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) as he turns his back on New York and heads to Los Angeles through Chicago to take on the Irish mob.


Paper Girls

Based on the comic book series by Brian K. VaughanPaper Girls is an Amazon series created by two studios, Legendary Television and Plan B, and written by Stephany Folsom, who previously worked on Toy Story 4 and Thor: Ragnarok. The story centers around four 12-year-old girls who deliver newspapers. While making deliveries the day after Halloween, the girls become involved in a conflict between two groups of time travelers.  The comic book series will bring a lot of excitement to the small screen exploring everything from time travel between different centuries, future versions of characters, and the question of whether or not the past can or should be changed by time travelers.


Returning series filming at the Chicago campus include Chicago Fire, Season 9; Chicago P.D., Season 8; Chicago Med, Season 6; and The Chi, Season 4; South Side, Season 2; and The Big Leap

Masking, social distancing, and capacity limits in public and workplaces continue to be enforced at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios for the health and safety of staff and all production workers. For more information on programs filming at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios or for information on CineCares Foundation, please visit or

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