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Logan Square Creative Studio | Photo & Film
Logan Square, Chicago, IL
The studio is set up for photography/videography. It is also set up as an event space. Ideal for pop up's, intimate birthday parties, performances as well as a place to host a meeting. The studio's east wall has a seamless paper backdrop set up (seamless...
Bright Natural Light Studio with Skyline View
East Pilsen, Chicago, IL
...and happy to create with you or your brand. RENT OUR GEAR - Sony A7iii available for $60. This camera is 24mp and films in 4k. FREE GEAR - 2 LED, temperature adjustable constant lights (for video) - Backdrop stand, light stands, extension cords NOISE POLICY No loud...
Photography Studio near University of Chicago
South Shore, Chicago, IL
...Metra Train and CTA that takes you downtown. The open space offers a contemporary, elegant, versatile, and comfortable space, specializing in photography, film production, casting calls, art showcases, plus the ability to transition into a suitable setting for classes, rehearsals, and exclusive events. There is...
Vintage Loft with Natural Light and Gear
East Pilsen, Chicago, IL
...are quality lights, easy to use and will be setup for you. - Sony A7iii available for $60. This camera is 24mp and films in 4k. FREE LIGHTS - 2 LED, temperature adjustable constant lights (for video) FREE BACKDROPS - White, Black, Brown, Blue, Orange, Grey, Red, Green...
Creative Loft with Checkerboard Set, Natural Light Studio and Boudoir Suite
Bucktown, Chicago, IL
321 the alley behind the building. Kip has been used by other artists for purposes like (but not limited to): Dance Shoot, Film Shoot, Promotional Video, Web Series Shoot, Documentary Shoot, Production, Kickstarter Video, Workout Video, Filming, Fitness Video, Music Video, Video Shoot, Casting, Apparel...
White Cyclorama in Gorgeous Creative Space with Fully Controlled Lighting located in the Midway Area of Chicago
South Side, Chicago, IL
Along with our Cyclorama we have 1 set as of now. Currently working on building our second set. Your rental includes 2 pure white GVM led lights that can be moved to light what ever you need lit plus great over head lightings on our...
High-end bohemian oasis. Large open floor plan, high ceilings, concrete floors and features.
West Loop, Chicago, IL
...private guest bathroom. Kitchen is fully stocked with cookware and dishes. Coffee maker and electric tea kettle. The loft is great for filming and shooting lifestyle and equipped to set up a seamless shoot. Depending on weather space can be a bit dim, I highly...
Open Floor Plan Office & Lounge Space
Logan Square, Chicago, IL
The original brickwork, concrete flooring, and large windows throughout keep this office in line with the building's raw aesthetic. Custom, cantilevered, birch, plywood desks highlight the open floor plan and exposed interior surfaces. The private office area features a furnished lounge area for relaxing. Featured...
Industrial Production Space Photo/Film Studio
Logan Square, Chicago, IL
This space is one of the most unique raw industrial spaces in Chicago. the space is light-filled with clerestory windows wrapping three sides, 30' high ceilings, exposed brick and am atrium skylight. 15,000 SF of space with three overhead doors for easy access load-in and...

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Downtown Chicago filming locations

Chicago is one of America's entertainment capitals. Major films like the Dark Knight, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Ocean’s Eleven were set partially or entirely in the Windy City. Chicago's mixture of soaring sky rises, sprawling suburbs, oceanic lakefront, and culture-rich neighborhoods offers filmmakers a buffet of options.
Many downtown Chicago filming locations may require a permit for media production. Filming in front of banks and other buildings is sometimes not permissible. City gardens and parks may also require you to purchase a permit. When planning each location, check with the appropriate authorities to ensure your production doesn't come to a screeching halt.

Unique and quirky filming locations in Chicago

For a moody and historic vibe it's hard to beat Green Mill Jazz Club. At over a century old it is an integral part of the Chicago landscape. National legends like Al Capone and Charlie Chaplain have sat within its walls. Capone's favorite seat is still in existence, situated to give him excellent views of the entrances in case a fast exit was required. Green Mill is sumptuously appointed, with dark red wood, a cozy atmosphere, and regular live music. This historic cocktail bar and jazz club is located north of downtown, in the Uptown district.

Chicago filming locations with lake views

If you're telling your story in Chicago then the lake is as important as the skyline. Lake Michigan is one of the Great Lakes; America's North Coast. For sunrises you can't beat having placid waters as a cinematic backdrop for a feature film.
Rooftop filming locations and viewing platforms can be rented for video productions. By renting the entire venue you aren't fighting with guests and tourists weaving in and out of your frame. Rooftop views will often include the skyline as well. Willis Tower and the St. Regis Chicago peeking out of the background cements the authentic Chicago narrative in the minds of your audience.
With so much waterfront film shoot locations in Chicago and including the lake is a snap. Montrose Beach and other public beaches are easily accessible. And if you want to include the urban landscape check out Navy Pier. The platform juts hundreds of feet out into Lake Michigan. Once you turn your camera back to the west you're struck by one of the best ground-level skyline views in the entire city. Chicago is truly a magical place to create a film.

Reviews for filming locations

Coyote Sun P.
Rehabbed Chicagoland Apartment in Convenient Fulton Market Location
It is a wonderful space. We used this place for the cast fitting and rehearsals for a film, and it was spacious enough to have 10 people comfortably. The owner was always so quick to respond and with easy street parking, it is located in perfect spot within the City...
Daniel E.
Historic Beautiful Brick & Timber Industrial Loft w/ Breath-taking Skyline Views
Bethany was very helpful and responsive for our film shoot. Gave us a good amount of space, but was also on site to address any issues along the way, of which we had none thanks to her and the Hive team...
Andrew D.
Historic Beautiful Brick & Timber Industrial Loft w/ Breath-taking Skyline Views
Great host, beautiful space! The video we filmed here looks excellent, and Bethany was very accommodating for our needs
Kevin K.
Historic Beautiful Brick & Timber Industrial Loft w/ Breath-taking Skyline Views
Great, clean, and open space. Perfect for the music video that I filmed. Host was great and helped with each and every need
Melissa M.
Weekday Daytime Hours
catering. Even though the building is by train tracks we had no trouble recording interview audio (AC was able to be turned off when filming). Would 100% book again, thank you for the great rental experience...
Willie D.
High-end bohemian oasis. Large open floor plan, high ceilings, concrete floors and features.
This space was absolutely amazing! It was very spacious and had the perfect aesthetics for our film shoot
Spirit Juice S.
High-end bohemian oasis. Large open floor plan, high ceilings, concrete floors and features.
It was great filming at this space! Perfect for the b-roll we needed, though if anyone were looking to capture audio, it's important to note that it's directly next to the L train, so sound would be a bit trickier...
Lana M.
High-end bohemian oasis. Large open floor plan, high ceilings, concrete floors and features.
This space was great for filming. It was spacious and plenty of space for our clients to do work in. The bohemian vibes also really made the location unique...