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U.S.A – Illinois

Illinois Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Illinois? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Illinois? See below for an introduction to Illinois locations, permits, when to shoot, studios, crew and equipment, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.

Illinois Film Locations

Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, offers filmmakers and photographers a wide variety of looks.

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. The city boasts an iconic skyline made up of a diversity of groundbreaking, original buildings by many important architects. Examples include Marina City, The Chicago Merchandise Mart, John Hancock Center, Wills Tower (formerly Sears Tower) with its Skydeck Ledge, reflective Cloud Gate sculpture, Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry, and the recently built Trump International Hotel & Tower. A great deal of Chicago’s finer buildings can be seen from the Chicago River. Chicago is home to a variety of interesting neighborhoods including the skyscrapers and museums of the Magnificent Mile, a vibrant Chinatown, Bohemian Wicker Park, and South Side Chicago run-down urban looks. Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park give the city natural beauty. Chicago is home to several historic sporting venues including Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and the United Center. Chicago is the start of the famed Route 66.

A short drive from Chicago you can find Starved Rock State Park, Baha’i Temple in Winnetka, Arlington Park Racecourse, Six Flags Great America, covered bridges, Matthiessen State Park, Kenilworth and Lake Forest mansions. Illinois is home to a great collection of Frank Lloyd Wright houses.

Other Illinois locations of interest to include: Mississippi River and riverboat Spirit of Peoria, Galena’s Mid-West Main Street, small industrial cities and Rust Belt looks, Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, Wildlife Prairie State Park, Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods, historic forts, ski resorts, Illinois Amish Country, university and college campuses, lakes, wineries, golf courses, and Springfield State Capitol building.

Agricultural film locations of note include corn fields, soybean fields, and apple orchards.

Illinois has hosted many films including Groundhog Day, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Wayne’s World, Uncle Buck, Ordinary People, and The Informant! to name a few.

Illinois Film Location Permits

The permitting process varies depending upon what part of the state you are shooting in and the type of permit you require. In general, permitting is a quick, easy and inexpensive process. Chicago city permits typically take 3 days to process, depending on the specifics of the shoot. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Most of Illinois has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Southern Illinois has a humid subtropical climate with more moderate winters. Illinois experiences thunderstorms and tornadoes which peak in April and June.

Illinois Film Crew & Equipment

Illinois has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire. Chicago is a major production centre with all of the key crew and equipment required for a larger shoot.

Contact us if you are looking for a Chicago or Springfield based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Illinois.

Illinois Studios & Post Production

Studios. Illinois has several studios to choose from. It has America’s largest studio space outside of Hollywood.

Illinois Tax Incentives For Filming

Illinois offers a transferable tax credit of 30% on qualifying local spend. An additional 15% may be earned on the labor expenditures generated by the employment of residents of geographic areas of high poverty or high unemployment.

Illinois Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Chicago, Springfield and other areas of Illinois. Hotels of note include:

Warwick Allerton, Chicago

Final Notes

Down Time. Pitcher of beer and Blues at Chicago’s Kingston Mines.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Illinois, please see below:

Hire Illinois Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Illinois, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Illinois, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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