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☀️Huge Timber Loft w Exposed Brick & Tons of Light
From $45/hr
☀️Huge Timber Loft w Exposed Brick & Tons of Light
Chicago, IL
4
With tons of natural light all day long, very high ceilings and a spacious open layout, filming here is ideal. I would describe my space as urban bohemian. It's trendy decor makes the space feel lived in and loved. The unique ceiling and exposed historical Chicago brick gives it a unique character. ✔ WIFI - RCN Fiber / high speed ✔ FREE & EASY STREET PARKING! ✔ 2-3 free parking spaces in the back of the building ONLY from 8pm to 8am - let me know before hand if you will need these spaces. ✔ HUGE 1300 sq ft loft. ✔ CLEAN & sanitized (even light switches) ✔ FULLY AIRED OUT between bookings. ✔ COZY & bright. ✔ FAMED, historic Chicago pink brick. ✔ PETS OK w/ prior approval. ✔ FULLY furnished ✔ HISTORY - This 1300 sq ft loft is located in a building built in 1890, and features Historical "Chicago Brick." ✔ TONS of natural light, but also gorgeous West Elm curtains if you need less light ✔ HARDWOOD floors throughout, ceramic tile in bathrooms ✔ SIZE - The apartment is honestly huge. It feels so bright and spacious with it's tall ceilings and open layout for common areas ✔ CLEAN - I keep it VERY clean & sanitized for covid-19 and simply to maintain the charm of it all for shoots ✔ THIRD FLOOR - Please note there is not elevator access Don't hesitate to message if you have ANY questions at all!
From $125/hr
Cozy & Eclectic Home --Northwest side of Chicago
Chicago, IL
8
We live in a cozy, brick Georgian in a quiet Chicago neighborhood bordering Oak Park. Our home is small but full of life, light and color. Our kitchen is bright and white and opens up to our dining room. Our family room has lots of windows and provides a nice view of our backyard and our living room has rich colors and an inviting fireplace. Three bedrooms are upstairs with a recently redone bathroom on that level. Basement is fully finished with a studio space and bathroom.
From $35/hr
Photo/Video Studio with Brick Wall
Chicago, IL
5
This curated space is meant to make our guests feel welcomed and right at home. The studio is split into two sections, a small office-like space on the upper level and a spacious “shooting” area with two separate setups on the lower level. The office section has a vanity mirror/desk for makeup and a small table for photo editing. You will need to bring your own laptop. The office is separated by a small staircase leading to the main shooting floor. Our studio is set up for photography/videography. The studio’s north wall has a seamless paper backdrop setup hanging from the ceiling set up (seamless paper is included in rental). You are allowed to bring your own seamless paper to hang from our mobile tripod setup. Most of the walls in the studio are brick. We are proud of our humble little space, especially taking into consideration that we built the vanity mirror by hand over the course of a few days. We hope that this studio is just the first of many to come in the future!
From $250/hr
Modern Architectural Gem
Chicago, IL
3
Stylish modern house previously owned and designed by two generations of Architects. Well-lit open floor-plan, dark wood floors, elegant floating steel staircase, gas fireplace. The huge landscaped patio and off-street parking for 3 cars really sets the property apart from most others in Chicago.
From $98/hr
Huge Multi-Set Loft with Immersive Checkered Room
Chicago, IL
Our space is a flexible and immersive 2000 sq ft production studio located in the heart of Bucktown. Located on the second floor with stairwell access. We are steps from the Western blue line station in addition to metered parking on Milwaukee avenue in front of the building and free neighborhood parking on either of the side streets one block east. There is Spot Hero parking in the alley behind the building. We have hosted music videos, live performances, markets, photoshoots, workshops, meetings, and more! Ask us about in-house photo/film/event production services. The Checkered Room - Black and white checkers from floor to ceiling Free of most furniture Hanging tire swing (Option to have white hanging punching bag instead) Clothing rack Green neon mounted on the wall (cannot be moved) The White Room - A rotating collection of curated vintage furniture, mirrors, art, chairs, lights, and props Green Turf Wall Chalkboard Wall with colored chalk Black Metal Cabinet Wall - magnetic Mondrian-inspired Primary Shape Corner Crafty Area Track lighting 6ft meeting table on wheels 20 real and fake plants 12 ft Mylar treated ceilings 3 floor to ceiling south-east facing tile windows - best direct light is between 2pm-5pm The Blue Room - Bedroom/Dressing room set 7ft circle bed with blue velvet headboard blue toned checkered floors porcelain blue vanity sink *work in progress* RESTROOM - The restroom is located in The White Room and features a clawfoot tub. Please encourage frequent handwashing during your production. GEAR - Included in your booking: Bluetooth Speaker - you may NOT bring in your own speaker. Projector with HDMI hookup Clamp lights, Gaff tape, Clamps Various colored lightbulbs Gear cart on wheels Party light Strobe light 12 step wooden ladder Rolling rack GEAR - Available for rent: Backdrop stand/Backdrop paper - 9ft and 4 ft options pictured - comes with clamps and sandbags 2 softboxes and gels (green and pink) 2 LED adjustable light panels Monitor 2 tripods SERVICES: Our in-house team of creatives are available for hire to help your production go smoothly. Reach out to us here or info@kipstudios.com if you're in need of a: Studio Assistant Producer Production Designer Photographer - film/digital/bts Cinematographer Event Coordinator SMOKING - please smoke CIGARETTES on the back porch only. we are a 420 friendly studio, please be mindful of ashtrays. HOURS ABSOLUTELY NO PRODUCTIONS WILL BE BOOKED PAST 8PM Charges only reflect hours booked. Please include as much time as you'll need to load-in/out and set-up/breakdown. Kip Studios is a flexible and immersive production space for Chicago creatives. Find us on Instagram @kipstudioschi
From $170/hr
Unique Film Studio and Sound Stage in West Town
Chicago, IL
1
This is a professional video/photo production studio equipped with: - CYCLORAMA WALL - SOUND STAGE - VEHICLE ACCESS - LIGHT GRID - PARKING - CHAIRS AND TABLES - TWO 4K TVs - HIGH RESOLUTION PROJECTOR - 4 CAR GARAGE - THREE BATHROOMS - VIP ZONE - MAKEUP ROOM - CONFERENCE ROOM - KITCHEN - RECEPTION - AIR CONDITIONER - FILM GEAR STORAGE - 1500 WATT SOUND SPEAKER - 3-PHASE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY This space is perfect for music video, film shoot, building your own set, ​commercial and corporate video, TV show, creative performance, live stream broadcasting, event video and many more. You will have access to the garage that is attached to the building, so you can unload all the gear directly to the studio and also drive your car into the space for filming(car fee 300$, check addons). Studio fits up to two passenger cars on the cyclorama wall. You can find a lot of lighting equipment and props that can be used for your project, but its not included in the rent price. You will be able to rent it separately in ADD-ONS section or when you arrive to the space.
From $90/hr
Large Logan Square Open Floorplan Office Space
Chicago, IL
2
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. Featured on Crane's Chicago's Coolest Offices 2015 **No music videos** This office is great for: One on one meetings, team building, brainstorming meetings. Photoshoots Video Shoots Off site programs Conferences Auditions Team productivity Staging Production Our space has hosted productions for companies such as: McDonald's, FanDuel, ESPN Jack Daniels, Corona, Jameson, and TED talks. Unique Features: WIFI Multiple meeting areas Printer Large conference table Multiple work stations Telephones available Lots of natural light Large surface area throughout Many different break-away areas Access to the gated outdoor area A wood burning sauna built into a shipping container Thermostat control Private entrance/exit Schedule a time to come and view the space. Available for booking 7 days a week!

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About Chicago

Chicago, Illinois is also known as the windy city and the third-largest city in the United States. Home to the world first skyscraper (not to mention countless others), the city features nearly 30 miles of lakefront and more than 20 beaches. Home to a vast number of people (current estimates say in the ballpark of 2.6 million people), with high-quality infrastructure, and many attractions, Chicago is a city of dreams.

It also happens to be an excellent spot to host a film shoot. With over 13,000 jobs that directly support the film industry, and an abundance of venues to shoot from, filming in Chicago is both highly desirable and highly sought out. And, with an array of film services, from professional studios, to one-of-a-kind venues, to event planners and caterers, it's easy to see why film makers opt to shoot here.

  • Interesting Fact:
    You’ve can see Chicago backdrops in hit movies like When Harry Met Sally, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Production Options in Chicago

Chicago sits on 234 square miles of parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more. Not to mention hundreds of film-friendly venues and production services that can help you make your film shoot just right. When it comes to shooting in the Windy City, you have plenty of options.

  • Film Studios
    Chicago hosts an number number of film and production studios, fully equipped with lighting, state-of-the-art equipment, multipurpose rooms, and creative space for film teams and independent artists. Many offer their own professional film services, as well.
  • Incredible Backdrops
    There are a number of parks and viewpoints in Chicago that are both functional and unique. Whether you look to Lake Michigan in the east or the vast cityscape to the west, you’ll find magnificent views wherever you look.

  • Industrial & Commercial Spaces
    As a city formerly made up of factories, Chicago has plenty of empty warehouses and industrial spaces that can be uniquely designed to fit any theme or aesthetic possible. And many venues and film production services can help you customize the decor and space to your unique needs.

  • One-of-a-kind Settings
    The city of Chicago is as stunning a backdrop as ever. And with an abundance of colorful spaces, industrial buildings, top-notch mansions, and funky studios and lofts, there’s no shortage of unique venues to choose from.

Production Companies in Chicago

Not only is there an abundance of small (but reputable) production companies in Chicago, but there are a also few larger local ones as well, that have contributed to well-known blockbuster movies.

Chicago Studio City:
Chicago Studio City is a full-service studio with several sound stages. They offer a range of equipment and experienced staff to assist with production needs. Their work can be seen in Chicago classics like The Barber Shop and many other films.

Shatter Glass Films:
Shatterglass is dedicated to producing high-quality, memorable stories that will reach a variety of audiences, and assist in developing stories from concept to completion. You can see their work in several movies including A Death of Innocence and Revival.

Richter Studios:
Richter Studios began as a simple 2D animation studio and has evolved into a full-service production company that has worked on over 11,000 films. They’ve worked with Ludacris and on a few Star Wars-themed productions.

Pros and Cons of Filming in Chicago

Is filming in Chicago right for you? Consider a few of the advantages and disadvantages of a having a film shoot in Chicago.

Advantages

  • Tax Incentives
    The tax break is one of the biggest attractions of filming in Chicago. The Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act gives a tax break of thirty percent or more for certain expenses.

  • Local Crews
    There’s no shortage of local crew members because filming in Chicago has been booming for years. More work has brought more and more employees.

  • Easy Obtainable Film Permits
    Acquiring a film permit is fairly straightforward. Simply follow the steps to apply and pay for a permit. Then, provide a certificate of insurance, and notify neighboring residents and businesses.

Disadvantages

  • It's Windy
    Outdoor production can be unpredictable. Chicago holds up its nickname, the Windy City. You never know when a cold gust of quick wind will sweep through.


  • Heavy Traffic
    While walking to and from Chicago is a great option, vehicle traffic has a lot to be desired at times.

  • Difficult Parking
    Parking can be just as difficult as traffic at times. There’s a bit of paid and parallel parking to be done.

Famous Locations in Chicago

Check out these famous Chicago film locations to explore Chicago, or to find inspiration for your one-of-a-kind Chicago film shoot.

  • The Chicago Board of Trade
    The Chicago Board of Trade was a backdrop in the classic 1986 crime drama, The Untouchables.

  • The Old Main Post Office
    The Old Main Post Office, a local historical landmark, was shown in 2005’s Batman Begins and again in 2008, in The Dark Knight.

  • O’Hare International Airport
    We can’t forget about our favorite Christmas classic. Home Alone 2 showed Macaulay Caulkin’s family racing through O’Hare International Airport as they searched for their missing family member. And you can also see the famous Caulkin family house from the original Home Alone a short drive north of the Chicago.