Chicago Film Office Resources
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.
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 Film Archives
Chicago Film Archives (CFA) currently houses and cares for over 60 film collections that reflect Midwest history and culture.
Chicago Film List
Get the latest on indie film news and events for filmmakers. Plus, crowdfunding projects, local festival deadlines, and the occasional humor.
A film services nonprofit that offers classes, workshops, weekly screenings, and grant opportunities for filmmakers.
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.
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.
Supporting Chicago's filmmakers with accessible equipment rental, events, co-working space, and production facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Women in Film/Chicago
WIF is for all creative content professionals, with a focus on driving the advancement of women in this industry.