Filming in Chicago

Nothing is more exciting than seeing your hometown of Chicago in a film, from Lower Wacker Drive in “The Blues Brothers” and “The Dark Knight” to seeing the entire River North district in “Transformers – Dark of the Moon”. With summer movie season upon us we will be seeing our beautiful city of Chicago in more movies.


Lower Wacker Drive

Man of Steel” (Opens June 14, 2013) which stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman, along with Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and others, is expected to feature the Loop’s Chicago Board of Trade and Willis Tower buildings prominently. The Board of Trade will be used as the exterior of Kent’s workplace, the Daily Planet, while the Willis Tower will provide the interior shots of the newsroom setting. Chicago has been prime filming locations for both Metropolis (Superman) and Gotham City (The Dark Knight). The architecture of downtown Chicago has been key for filming such nostalgic pop culture icons. If you think about it, Chicago is a Metropolis and is a perfect for such film such as Man of Steel. With a Justice League movie on the horizon we might see Chicago the prime filming locations such as New York was for The Avengers.

This summer is going be a hot spot for movies being filmed in Chicago. There has been plenty of rumors and speculation about where the next Transformers movie will be shot this summer and at least part of the movie will be filmed in the Windy City. Picking up where the last movie left off. Mark Wahlberg is set to star in and produce the Michael Bay film.

Andy and Lana Wachowski (who were behind the Matrix trilogy) are also preparing for another futuristic science fiction film, Jupiter Ascending, which will star Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, and Sean Bean also star in the film which will begin a 4-5 week shoot in Chicago on June 24. Andy and Lana Wachowski are no strangers for using Chicago for their movies. Being Chicago natives they used and filmed certain scenes for The Matrix trilogy in Chicago. If you watch closely you see Chicago city streets and locations seen throughout the movie. In the Matrix Reloaded they recreated a portion of the I-90/I-94 going into the city for a climatic chase scene.


They just finished filming the highly anticipated Ferris Wheel scene on Chicago’s Navy Pier for Divergent and will be filming all over the city. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ray Stevenson and Kate Winslet. The acclaimed young adult novel in which the film is based on is set within a dystopian version of Chicago. The novel has been compared to similar young adult books such as The Hunger Games because of its theme and target audience.

Move over New York and Los Angeles, looks like our town is prime for filming such blockbusters and as a Chicagoan I say thanks.

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About Luca Parisi

Born and raised in the Northwest side of Chicago to Italian immigrant parents, my life was a not a scene from “Goodfellas” but more so like “Everybody Loves Raymond”. Cracking jokes here and there and having a very over protected mother. I take my heritage to heart as being and Italian American. I hold family and friends close and traditions closer. So when Italy is in the world cup (that’s soccer just in case you were wondering”) things get serious. Though I love my Chicago Teams (Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Hawks)! Some of my hobbies include is that I know how to cook, not a lot of men know how to cook so I pride myself in knowing how to cook. I cook from traditional Italian with a modern kick to everything under the sun. You’ll never go hungry in my house. I also make homemade wine, a tradition passed down from my father to me. I also am a film buff especially James Bond or anything filmed in Chicago and yes I read the occasional comic book. With a passion with marketing and advertising that lead me to graduate from Columbia College Chicago (’03) with a concentration in Marketing Communication. One of my professors told me once that I have a way of speaking and telling a story that engages the audience so that’s what led me to break out of my shell and strive in sales/marketing. Though working in hospitality kind of fell in my lap, no seriously my cell phone rang which was thrown on my lap when the sales manager from a hotel called me asking if I would be interested in presuming a career change. Being a family man I do put my family first especially my son. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 3 years old (August 2012) and he is the beacon of courage with everything he has to go through. With this my wife and I participate with various diabetes foundations such as “Step Out” for diabetes. I handle all Corporate Groups at the hotel. Coming into Hampton Team was a pleasant change from the energy they portray. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s something I can help you with.

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