Chicago attracts hundreds of commercials and photo shoots each year, feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue since 1980. In recent months Chicago streets have been used for film productions like, Transformers 4, Jupiter Ascending, and television series like Boss, Betrayal and Sirens.
Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that Paramount Pictures will be filming scenes for an upcoming motion picture at the abandoned silo on 2900 S. Damen Ave. this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2013. During this time IDOT will be working closely with Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Illinois State Police and Chicago Film Office to ensure a safety during this filming event and ask drivers to pay close attention to the signs and obey the posted speed limits. Drivers are also to be on the alert for workers and equipment, expecting delays and be prepared to stop.
During filming a helicopter will be traveling in the vicinity of the filming area for aerial photography throughout the filming days. Stunts involving pyrotechnics including controlled explosions and a visible fireball will be part of several scenes.
For large effects taking place at the silo site the Illinois State Police will intermittently control traffic on I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), while the Chicago Police Department will intermittently control traffic on the surrounding streets for special effects activity. The surrounding areas of control are as follows:
Intermittently I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) Traffic Pacing
Saturday/Sunday September, 21 & 22, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.:
- Intermittent traffic pacing of I-55 northbound and southbound in the vicinity of Damen Avenue.
Intermittent Traffic Control
Saturday/Sunday September 21 & 22, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.:
- Damen Avenue between Blue Island Avenue and Archer Street. Through traffic will be detoured. Local traffic is subject to intermittent delays.
- Ashland Avenue between Blue Island Avenue and Archer Street. Through traffic will be detoured. Local traffic is subject to intermittent delays.
- 29th Street between Damen Avenue and Ashland Avenue is subject to intermittent delays.