Chicago Film Office

COVID-19 Update

The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials. The Chicago Film Office is not issuing permits for filming through May 30.

Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Heath’s website,, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.


The Chicago Film Office, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, leads the city’s effort to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and all forms of local screen entertainment. For filmmakers, it is a one-stop liaison for all City of Chicago production needs including permits, city services, and logistical support.

Audiences around the world travel Chicago’s streets through its portrayal in filmed entertainment. These compelling images help to generate tourism, promote international business, and establish a new global awareness of our landscape and culture. Adding to local favorites Ferris Buellers Day Off and The Blues Brothers, recent productions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, The Dark Knight, and Public Enemies as well as numerous television series have led to Chicago being ranked among the most respected production centers in the country.

Since 1980, more than 1,100 feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue. Chicago attracts hundreds of commercials and photo shoots each year that are produced for both national and international clients.This growth industry provides quality jobs for thousands of Chicagoans and creates opportunities for hundreds of hometown businesses. This success would not have been possible without tremendous community support. Thanks to the spirited cooperation of residents, businesses and civic leaders, Chicago is truly a remarkable city for filmmaking.


For Filmmakers:

Permits For Filming City Services & Rates Current Production Information Tax Incentives Student Films
Claudia Cassidy Theater Resources FAQs




For Film Lovers:

Film Festivals/Events Calendar Millennium Park Summer Film Series Filmed In Chicago



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Contact Information

Chicago Film Office
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, Room 100
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: 312.744.6415
Fax: 312.744.1378


Kwame Amoaku, Director

Betsey Grais, Deputy Director

John Hundrieser, Policy Analyst

Thavary Krouch, Independent Film Coordinator

Tim Olson, Cultural Affairs Coordinator

Office Hours:

  • Monday through Friday
  • 9am–5pm

2020 Holidays/Office Closed:

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Dr. King's Birthday - Jan. 20
  • Lincoln's Birthday - Feb. 12
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 17
  • Pulaski Day - Mar. 2
  • Memorial Day - May 25
  • Independence Day - July 3
  • Labor Day - Sept. 7
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 12
  • Veterans' Day - Nov. 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 26
  • Christmas Day - Dec. 25