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Assistance from other City departments and sister agencies may be required during film production. Some may also require additional permits. Please see the list below and let us know about your specific needs so we can help coordinate the effort.


Chicago Police Department

Police supervision is necessary for any traffic control on city streets and/or use of special effects/firearms. Production must provide appropriate timecards and paperwork for compensation when hiring personnel. An invoice for requested squads will be emailed. 

  • The Police Department requires at least 48 hours prior notice for all requests (not including weekends and holidays). For filming on Monday, notice is required by noon the Friday prior. No exceptions will be made and late requests will be denied.
  • It is the responsibility of the Production to speak directly with each assigned officer if there is a cancelation or schedule change. If the production cancels the assigned Police detail for ANY reason, less than 24 hours prior to the start of the detail, they are responsible for payment of each assigned officer (minimum 6 hours).
  • The Production is responsible for providing timecards and invoices for payment to be issued directly to the officers. CPD will only provide invoices for requested squad cars which will be emailed following the completion of your work.


Police Personnel
Sergeants – $45 per hour
Officers – $40 per hour
Guaranteed 6 hours
Time & 1/2 after 8 hours

Squad Car – $150 per day – traffic control only, may not be used for picture


Chicago Fire Department

Fire Department supervision is mandatory in the use of special effects, pyrotechnics, wet downs, stunts and any instance involving the concern of public safety. Production must provide appropriate timecards and paperwork for compensation when hiring personnel.

Fire Personnel
Safety Officer – $45 per hr.
Engineer – $42 per hr.
Fireman – $40 per hr.
Guaranteed 6 hours
Time & 1/2 after 8 hours

Department of Streets & Sanitation

The Chicago Film office will assist with scheduling Streets and Sanitation services.

Posting of "No Parking" Signs
No additional charge – included in permitting fee

Tow Trucks for relocation – Contact Film Office for assistance. DO NOT CALL ON YOUR OWN.
$50 per hour

Blue – $5 per day per barricade
Reimbursement fee for non-returned barricades- $65 each


Contact Information for Frequently Requested Locations

Department of Aviation — O’Hare and Midway Airports

The Chicago Film Office will assist you with the submitting a request to the Department of Aviation. Please email us at with a detailed request including potential dates/times, length of shoot, scope of project, size of crew and the desired locations at the Airport. We will then submit it to the Department of Aviation for review. They will then email a response to your request.


Chicago Transit Authority: (CTA)

For filming on the “el” train and platforms as well as city buses, contact:

Amber Thorne
Coordinator – Business Development
Phone: 312.681.3527


Chicago Park District

For filming at Buckingham Fountain, City of Chicago beaches, parks, Lakefront Path, Grant Park, and the park surrounding the Museum Campus, contact:

Denise Reed-Burbon 
Special Event & Media Permits for the Chicago Park District
Phone: 312.763.6713


Illinois Film Office

For assistance with the Illinois location database, Production Resource Guide as well as to submit your location or business for production consideration, contact:

The Illinois Film Office
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, STE. 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.814.3600
Fax: 312.814.8874
TTY: 800.785.6055


McCormick Place

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Tiana Weiler
Phone: 312.791.6047

Millennium Park

For filming at all the venues in Millennium Park, contact:

Darlene Rodriguez
Phone: 312.744.6050


Navy Pier

For general filming inquiries:

Email: l


For filming at Navy Pier and the Ferris Wheel:

Lydia Jordan-Parnell


Payal Patel, Public Relations Manager
Phone: 312.595.5073

Richard J. Daley Center

For filming in the Daley Center building and plaza:

Andre Wiggins, General Manager
Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington, Suite 1203
Chicago, IL 60602

Lena Errum, Special Events Coordinator
Phone: 312.603.7981

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