Location Update: Illinois

From Chicago to the west and south, state offers easy shooting access and incentives

Illinois-Shot Shows ‘The Bear,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ and ‘South Side’ Benefit From Rapidly Expanding Production Facilities, Incentives

Illinois is no stranger to the film industry. Essanay Studios, founded in Chicago in 1907, is where silent film stars including Wallace Beery, Gloria…

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From Steppenwolf to Second City: Why The Windy City Is The Perfect Launchpad for Creatives

The oversized contribution Chicago has made and continues to make to the American entertainment landscape comes in no small part from its vibrant and…

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How Illinois Is Training Future Generations of Filmmakers

In “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner’s Iowa farmer, haunted by mysterious whispered intonations of, “If you build it, he will come,” plows under part…

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Soundstages, Studio Complexes And More Facility Expansions Aid Illinois Production Growth

Illinois pulled in a record-breaking $1.256 billion in qualified film and television production spending over the past two years. And with 14 existing soundstage…

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Tax Incentives and Diversity Initiatives Spark Illinois Film and TV Production

When it comes to any entertainment industry production, whether it’s a tentpole film or an independent commercial, creative choices must vie against the ever-important…

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Iconic Illinois Locations Used for Filming ‘The Batman,’ ‘Station 11’ and ‘Fargo’

Maintaining the location library of 20,000 photos is one of Illinois Film Office assistant deputy director Louis Ferrara’s favorite parts of his job. “Producers…

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