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Association of Independent Commercial Producers

The AICP represents, exclusively, the interests of United States companies that specialize in producing commercials in various media — film, video, computer — for advertisers and agencies.


Camera Ambassador

Offers camera, lenses, lighting, and grip truck equipment rentals to the vibrant community of filmmakers in Chicago and beyond. They value building relationships and helping creators develop their craft by offering workshops, hosting screenings, promoting local resources and crew, and funding the annual Community Builders Grant.


Chicago Access Network

CAN TV brings you local, relevant issues from Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities. See what's happening around the city in education, the arts, government, cultural events, social services and community activities.


Chicago Artists Coalition

Chicago Artists Coalition helps people connect with opportunities including calls for artists, jobs, grants, and art advising.


Creative Cypher

Incubator and networking for Chicago area artists.


Chicago Film Archives

Chicago Film Archives (CFA) currently houses and cares for over 60 film collections that reflect Midwest history and culture.


Chicago Film Critics Association

Parent organization of the Chicago Film Critics Awards.


Chicago Film List

Get the latest on indie film news and events for filmmakers. Plus, crowdfunding projects, local festival deadlines, and the occasional humor.


Chicago Filmmakers

A film services nonprofit that offers classes, workshops, weekly screenings, and grant opportunities for filmmakers.


Chicago Maps

Maps of the CTA and more.


Chicago Screenwriters Network

Chicago Screenwriters Network is an invaluable resource to Chicago area screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors by providing assistance in the creation of works for film, television, video, and web. CSN offers a script exchange, networking with film industry peers, a monthly speaker's program, and a sense of community to members.


Chicago Studio City of Chicago

Chicago Studio City is one of the biggest Film and Commercial production studios in all of Chicago. Providing studio space, rentals, and production resources.



Chicago's weekly guide to Independent and Underground Cinema.


Cinespace Studios

Cinespace Studios Chicago is the Midwest’s leading studio facility and service provider for TV, film, and commercial production. A historic, 1.6 million square foot secure facility offering 36 active stages, production office and support spaces over two campuses both located within 15 minutes from downtown Chicago.


Community Film Workshop of Chicago

CFWC provides 16mm film and digital media classes. The CFWC has established a reputation for quality, hands-on education, small class size, individualized instruction, and cooperative learning.


Community TV Network

Gives youth the awareness, motivation, and tools to create a positive future for themselves and their neighborhoods by utilizing video-as-an-education-tool to improve the quality of life, education, and opportunities available to low-income youth.


Chicago Creative Services

Directory of professional service companies and crew to the creative industry.



Chicago's first sustainability services for TV & Film. We provide customized services including, but not exclusively, carbon footprint analysis, on-set waste diversion, and eco-friendly best practice consultation for each department.



Supporting Chicago's filmmakers with accessible equipment rental, events, co-working space, and production facilities.


Essanay Studios

A local lighting and grip rental company with multiple studio spaces available.


Facets Multimedia

Facets mission is to preserve, to present and to distribute independent, world and classic film, and to educate adults and children in the art and legacy of film.


Free Spirit Media

Provides education, access, and opportunity in media production to underserved youth throughout Chicago's west & south sides. Administers The Chicago Track program in partnership with DCASE.


Good Planet Innovation

We provide ECO-Sustainability and Covid support for productions.


Green Production Guide

Your guide to sustainable production. Developed by film industry leaders with environmental expertise, the Green Production Guide offers the tools, resources, and vendors you need to reduce the environmental impact of your production.


Illinois Film Office

The Team at the Illinois Film office can assist with images from the scouting database for Illinois and Chicago locations. You can also submit your location for consideration and register your business for production consideration. The Illinois Film Office Production Guide is an invaluable resource for all things related to Production in the City and State including crew and vendors.


Illinois Production Alliance (IPA)

 A unique organization combining the interests of Illinois’ entire media production community, including industry organizations, small business owners, individuals, vendors, and unions in support of Illinois’ creative media industry.


IFA Chicago

The Independent Film Alliance Chicago is a non-profit organization serving independent filmmakers across Chicagoland. It provides the community and resources needed to build a diverse and sustainable industry of independent content creators. They believe that amplifying the rich diversity of voices that make our region unique is an important contribution to the national conversation. They believe in Chicago as a place where all media creatives can achieve their dreams.


Kartemquin Films

Production house that offers yearly development programs for emerging documentary filmmakers.


National Television Academy (NATAS)

Dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.


PeerSpace Locations Chicago

Online marketplace for finding and booking production space in Chicago.



Replate’s patented technology connects organizations with surplus food to communities facing food insecurity. With a tap of a finger you can increase food access, reduce waste, decrease carbon emissions, and save water.


Resolution Studios

Resolution Studios is a premier studio space located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago. The 80,000 sq. ft. facility is designed for maximum accessibility and includes full amenities with 3 stages, 8 special use spaces, and a full inventory of production equipment. Services also include audio, edit, and graphics.


SMASH Virtual Studio

Studio space equipped with LED Volume stage and camera tracking system.



Online gig-based marketplace for content sales and job matching for filmmakers.


Universal Production Services

Universal Production Services provides high-quality set lighting and grip equipment including overall packages. With an extensive inventory, we provide a full range of equipment rentals and services for features, TV, streaming and commercial projects. This facility features: Modern LED lighting fixtures, featuring Cineo Lighting, Traditional incandescent lighting, Grip equipment and textiles, Power, cable and distribution and so much more!