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Photography And Video Studio Loft
  • $85/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (3)
  • 3
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Roc Star Studio is a small Chicago based, full-service photo and video production company delivering media solutions for clients nationwide. Since 2010 we’ve specialized in the creation of creative, high quality photography and videos proven to attract clients, build brands, and grow businesses. Though we are a small company we have all the expertise it takes to produce your next production. Our personal creative team has experience in a wide-variety of production styles. That kind of versatility is a must when your client list includes singers, actors, models, musicians, bands, rappers, artists, groups, designers, advertising agencies, cable providers, startups, national chains, non-profits and more. We are as comfortable producing direct response tv commercials, as we are developing long-form DVDs and internet videos for marketing, educational and corporate purposes. We also specialize in music videos of all genres. And no one can bounce between Standard and High Definition like us. Another of our departments of expertise is HD and 4K videography and photography where we specialize in a wide variety of formats such as personal photo sessions, headshots, special events, and fashion shows. Whether you’re looking to capitalize on traditional broadcast outlets, or explore opportunities in New Media, Roc Star Studio has the experience, tools and talent to drive your project from script to screen. Based in Chicago, we’ve never let location limit our reach. In addition to serving our clients throughout the Chicago land and Illinois area, we’ve partnered with many companies to deliver high quality photos and videos proven to attract clients, build brands, and grow businesses. While our strengths are High Definition photography, HD and 4K video commercial productions, we are always at the forefront of a changing media landscape. Roc Star Studio recognizes the new and exciting ways clients and businesses are now taking advantage of digital video. We welcome the opportunity to show you personally how we can capture your vision and exceed your expectations.
Beautiful Luxury Apartment W/ Skyline View
  • $75/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (7)
  • 7
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Beautiful luxury apartment with panoramic views of Chicago. The view is beautiful during the day or night! **Great space for all types of shoots!!! Photography and Videography** - True floor to ceiling windows throughout the entire unit that gives natural light at anytime of day - Grey flooring, marble countertops and white cabinets give a prominent modern Aesthetic - 12 ft ceiling allows for backdrops - Easy to covert space to guest specifications, with or without living room furniture There is meter parking, a parking garage, and other parking that can be found via spot hero.
Photo/Video Studio with Brick Wall
  • $35/hr
  • New
  • 4.8 (8)
  • 8
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
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!
☀️Huge Timber Loft w Exposed Brick & Tons of Light
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (11)
  • 11
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
IMPORTANT TO READ FULL DESCRIPTION BEFORE BOOKING! With tons of natural light all day long in SOUTH facing main windows, 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. (The main parking options on Giggster do not allow me to put parking notes.) ✔ 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." ✔ LARGE SOUTH FACING windows and WEST facing kitchen windows offer TONS of natural light, but also gorgeous West Elm curtains can be pulled 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!
Industrial Refurbished 1962 Urban Warehouse
  • $100/hr
  • New
  • 4.5 (5)
  • 5
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
WAREHOUSE FOR CREATIVES!!! INDUSTRIAL AND URBAN. It was refurbished to its 1962 beginnings. Over 5000 sq. ft. 3 contiguous rooms. The whole space is included in the rental. It’s an amazing space. Everything is in excellent condition and spotless. Please take your time! Features: - Exposed brick, concrete flooring, original doors, and windows. There is also wood flooring in the gallery area. - LIGHTING. EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED!!! Original skylights let in natural light. There are office-style lights with fluorescent bulbs that can be turned on part or whole. Meaning you can have bright light or something less bright. Additionally, we have colored indirect bulb lighting. Enables you to choose red, blue, yellow, green...if desired. Small moveable LED with colored gels. 4 lights for green screens. All included in the rental. - ELECTRICAL. There are numerous working outlets with service for commercial use. - CARS/TRUCKS. YES, THEY FIT!!! LARGE COMMERCIAL GARAGE DOOR. You can load in, park, and use cars in the video shoot. There is plenty of room. - MAKE IT RAIN!!! On the east side of the warehouse, there is a ceiling mist water bar. When turned on this is basically like light rain falling. You can use the colored lights with the mist for dramatic effect. This is a little thing that can add to the video or commercial. - On-site management. We are very resourceful! Please ask, we will do our best to make it happen. - EXTRAS. Smoke machine $49. By Chauvet. Manuel or timer. Very effective. JBL Bluetooth party box speaker $49. Surprisingly powerful. Sounds great! 5400 square foot warehouse frame can accommodate a small group with massive amounts of space to have fun and stay safe. There are cross-ventilation and fans to keep the air circulating. Ideal for creative commercial use, such as music videos, commercials, film, or photoshoots.
Mid-Century Modern Creative Photography Studio
  • $90/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (23)
  • 23
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Urban Industrial Timber Loft Building, with Mid-Century Modern Designed Creative Space for Podcast Hosting, Meeting Sessions, Work-Shop, and Photoshoots
Creative Warehouse Space
  • $89/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Located on Chicago Ave. In West Humboldt Park. Plenty of free parking. Easily accessible. Street level. Commercial garage doors.
Kitchen Studio with Brick Wall
  • $58/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our Kitchen Studio is 1100 sq. ft. Daylight photo studio with full Kitchen, located in Chicago, IL. It comes with beautiful exposed brick corner, Spiral staircase, wood floors, and mezzanine, making it paradise for photographers. Our Studio is available for all types of Meetings, Photoshoots and Film Shoots. Kindly contact us directly for more information.
1,800 Sq. Ft. Production Studio in Chicago
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, our studio features an 1800 square foot production space, full kitchen, 8 seat conference room, editing suite and client lounge. The production space is equipped with a 100amp electric panel broken into 5 individual 20amp circuits. For added convenience, productions are able to drive vans/trucks directly into studio to load in/out at street level. The kitchen is fully functional and boasts a dishwasher, moveable island, gas stove, rolling sheet pan rack and a kegerator stocked with Chicago’s best beers. Both the conference room and client lounge have large TV’s that can be used to monitor what the camera sees on set.
Event studio in Chicago
  • $85/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our event space is a very unique and exclusive space to host your event. Wifi is included for you and your guests on the day of your event. You may create your playlist and bring your device to connect as we have a sound system throughout the entire studio. You can also send us your playlist and we can play it from our device. If you have any images for our display screen upon guests' entry, please email us and we will put images on a flash drive for you. Please send us an email if you have any questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Chicago?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Chicago on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Chicago?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Chicago at, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Production spaces are available in Chicago?
Right now, there are 247 Production spaces available in Chicago.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Chicago bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Chicago guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Chicago locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Chicago?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Chicago. Just start a search at and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Chicago booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Chicago?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Chicago is $81 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Chicago?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Concierge service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Production spaces in Chicago, IL?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $35 to $150.
Which Production spaces are most popular in Chicago, IL in 2022?
How do I book a Chicago location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a Chicago reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

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About Chicago

There are a lot of things that you might have heard about Chicago. Once home to the notorious gangster, Al Capone, the city has had a violent and fractured past. But that is in the past. Modern Chicago is a haven for those who love culture. From museums to galleries to architecture there is something for everyone - after all, if it’s good enough for the Obamas, it’s good enough for us!

From Adler Planetarium to Wrigley Field, Chicago has a plethora of attractions for everyone no matter what you like. You can see some amazing artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art or the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, visit the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park, or see the city from 1,353 feet up on the Skydeck Chicago.

If your tastes lie more in the great outdoors, you can do worse than staying on the edge of the great Lake Michigan. With spectacular views, boat trips, and equipment for hire readily available, you can combine your outdoor trip with the conveniences of the city.

Production Space Options

When you are trying to find a Chicago production space to shoot your next film, magazine cover, or TV pilot, there are a few things to consider. It is best to collaborate with the local vendors and businesses to help you get it all together.

  • Transport
    It might sound like an odd choice to consider, but transport and, more importantly, parking is huge when organizing a production space in Chicago. You are going to have loads of camera accessories, AV supplies, costuming, props, and more to drop off - make sure you can get it all there safely.

  • Decoration
    Even if you are choosing your Chicago production space-based predominantly on aesthetics, the chances that it’s going to be 100% right for the theme of your production is going to be slim. Make sure you have the budget and time to properly decorate and dress your set.

  • Audio Visual
    With a production of any size or type, you are going to need decent lighting and enough sockets and outlets for all your electronics. Especially if you are in an older building, this might be a concern. Do your checks and remember to bring extra extension cables.

Production Space Companies in Chicago

To be honest, organizing shoots are stressful enough so why not accept some help from the pros? After all, you cannot do it all on your own. The city of Chicago has some spectacular professionals who can help you get it done.

  • AV Visual
    If it comes under the banner of audio or visual, then chances are that the guys at AV Visual can provide it. From equipment hire to full-scale event services and rigging, they have dozens of packages that can be tailored to your needs.

  • House of Rentals
    It doesn’t matter how weird your hire request is, the House of Rentals has a huge inventory of event rentals that includes decor, tents, inflatables, and even cherry picker lifts. They really have it all and then some.

  • Infinity Transportation
    If you are planning a larger-scale production, then you have probably got a pretty big crew traveling with you. With parking and traffic being big considerations in Chicago, it might be worth hiring a bus, like those from Infinity Transportation to get you all where you need to go.

Pros and Cons of Production Spaces in Chicago

Chicago is an amazing place, but even the best cities have their downsides. Before you finalize your production space in Chicago, make sure you get familiar with the ups and downs that can affect your event.


  • History
    From prohibition and gangsters to once having the tallest building in the world, to having a World Series-winning baseball team, there is plenty of interesting history and culture to appreciate in Chicago.

  • Landscape
    With the dramatic backdrop that is Lake Michigan, the views of the Chicago skyline are something to behold. It’s especially impressive in the deep freeze season where the whole lake can freeze over in a terrifying way.

  • Transport
    Despite being seemingly isolated in the midwest on the Canadian border, Chicago is very well connected through a giant Amtrak network and the huge Chicago O’Hare airport, linking the city with the rest of the country and the world.

  • Diversity
    Chicago has always been a beautiful melting pot when it comes to culture, food, people, and history. It’s a great chance to experience different languages, festivals and just see how great diversity is for the country.


  • Snow
    If you are not a fan of the cold and wet stuff, then you are really going to want to avoid Chicago in the winter. It is notoriously brutal and if you are not coming from a similarly wintery place, it can get pretty dangerous.

  • Pollution
    When it comes to both the water system and the poor air emissions, Chicago has a problem with pollution. It actually averages as the 18th worst city in the US for air pollution, and the waterways have been described as being pretty undrinkable.

  • Parking
    As with a lot of major cities, parking in and around the center of Chicago can be a bit of a nightmare. Although some businesses provide workers with designated parking spaces, if you can’t find a production space in Chicago that includes one, you might struggle.

  • Traffic
    In the same way, if you need to be in the city center around rush hour, make sure you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Traffic can be a gridlocked nightmare!

Famous Locations in Chicago

  • Lincoln Park
    As Chicago’s largest park, spanning six miles along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park is a perfect place to spend a beautiful day. Within the park, you can find the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago History Museum, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and more.

  • Wrigley Field
    If you love to play or watch America’s favorite pastime, then you are going to want to make a pilgrimage to the US’s second-oldest ballpark, Wrigley Field. Home to the Chicago Cubs, you can either watch a game or take a tour behind the scenes.

  • Michigan Avenue
    Otherwise known as the Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue is one of the main thoroughfares in the city. It’s home to designer shops and boutiques, some of the best restaurants in the city, some huge corporations, and the theater district.
Downtown Chicago

Filming locations from the best thrillers shot in Chicago

Chicago has played a major role in the film industry since the early 1900s, when it claimed the most cinemas per capita in the United States and distributed over three-quarters of the nation's silent films. With significant tax credits, a sturdy infrastructure, and reservoirs of local cast and crew talent, Illinois has long been a leader in incentivizing filmmakers to make their movies there.

The White City also claims many recognizable landmarks, including the Chicago River's boardwalk and bridges, the L, the John Hancock building, Wrigley Field, and Millennium Park, to name just a few. The energy of the city, along with its unique and diverse neighborhoods, has made it a prime site for commensurately high-energy filmmaking, notably thrillers.

For that reason, Giggster looked at noteworthy shooting locations you can visit from the best thrillers shot in Chicago. To qualify as one of the best, the film had to have at least a 7.5 user rating on IMDb. Some, like Emmit's Pub, are now relegated to the wistful past, but several more haven't seemed to age a day since they graced the silver screen in these films.

Exterior view of the Hilton Chicago
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The climactic Grand Ballroom in 'The Fugitive'

- Location: Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

When the Chicago Hilton and Towers opened in 1927 (then known as the Stevens Hotel), it was akin to the Titanic of the hotel world—boasting the most guest rooms in the world, rooftop miniature golf, a bowling alley, a hospital, and more—only to be sunk by financial difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. Unlike the infamous ship, however, the distinctive lakeside property survived and eventually thrived under new ownership.

Centrally located to high-traffic destinations, the Chicago Hilton and Towers is the perfect endpoint for the tightening cat-and-mouse game between a man wrongfully convicted of murder, Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), and U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) in 1993's "The Fugitive." The doctor corners the back-stabbing friend who really killed his wife at a physicians' gala in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. Although it's a jaw-dropping space lit up in purple and adorned with chandeliers and French Baroque accents, the camera's focus is entirely on the wanted man finally clearing his name.

A street view of Emmit's bar in Chicago
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The bar where Danny talks Linus into the heist in 'Ocean's Eleven'

- Location: Emmit's Pub, 495 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Underground tunnels, dwarf-tossing, cops, and attempted robbery—the history of Emmit's Pub practically begs for a thriller to be shot there. Formerly a police hangout known as O'Sullivan's Public House, the beloved Windy City tavern transforms into a watering hole for con men in 2001's "Ocean's 11" (and shows up in its sequel, "Ocean's 12").

After seeing Linus (Matt Damon) pickpocket an unsuspecting straphanger on the L, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) returns the favor, leaving in place of the stolen wallet a business card telling Linus to meet at Emmit's. Although the corner sign out front is unmistakable, once inside, the camera trains closely on the two hustlers, and the neon beer signs, whiskey on the rocks, and dimly lit interior could belong to any bar. But locals don't need movie cameos to remember Emmit's, which closed in June 2022; they've got their own memories, from bartenders who married regulars to those who attended the chess club or the women-only cigar club hosted there.

The interior of Chicago theater

The Lexington Hotel in 'The Untouchables'

- Location: Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St

From 1928 to 1932, Alphonse "Scarface" Capone called the Lexington Hotel home and headquarters and took advantage of its amenities accordingly. The building boasted 11 secret staircases—one behind a mirror next to Capone's bathtub—and he and his crew used the underground tunnels to travel freely. Before it was demolished in 1995, the Lexington Hotel hosted a brothel, an international women's museum and research center, and "The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults," a two-hour TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera that garnered 30 million views.

With such an illustrious history in mind, the creators of 1987's "The Untouchables" chose a fittingly lavish setting for the hotel in their historical crime drama: the Chicago Theatre, called "the Wonder Theatre of the World" when it opened in 1921. The morning after Eliot Ness' (Kevin Costner) failed liquor raid, a hotel attendant grabs the daily newspaper and walks up the Chicago Theatre's red-carpeted grand staircase, modeled after that of the Paris Opera House, to deliver the good news and breakfast to Al Capone (Robert De Niro) in bed.

The exterior of Hotel Florence
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Where Daniel Craig's character lives in 'Road to Perdition'

- Location: Hotel Florence, 11111 S. Forrestville Ave.

In 1881, George Pullman built a hotel named after his oldest daughter in what is now the South Side's Pullman Historic District, a neighborhood encompassing the railroad magnate's groundbreaking attempt to build a utopian community in the 1880s. Nearly a century later, the Historic Pullman Foundation saved the 50-room establishment from demolition. Although the interior of the Hotel Florence is closed to visitors as of July 2022, those watching 2002's "Road to Perdition" can glimpse the cherry woodwork and stately fireplaces in one of the film's early scenes.

Irish mafioso John Rooney (Paul Newman) hosts a wake for his associate's brother at the mansion where he lives with his son, Connor (Daniel Craig), and Rooney's hitman, Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), attends with his family. Seeing the 120-year-old rooms animated by cigar-smoking actors and extras decked out in formal wear gives an idea of what the Hotel Florence must have been like at its height of glory.

The exterior of Richard J Daley Center
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Wayne Enterprises headquarters in 'The Dark Knight'

- Location: Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.

Unlike the original Wayne Tower in "Batman Begins," brought to life using the Chicago Board of Trade dressed up in a CGI facelift and Wayne logo, the Richard J. Daley Center wears no makeup to act as the new Wayne Enterprises headquarters in 2008's "The Dark Knight." The 31-story skyscraper's distinctive look is due to some unique attributes: It's the first to be built with corrosive tensile steel, which intentionally rusts for aesthetic and structural purposes, and has nearly half the standard number of floors for a building of its height, owing to the high ceilings necessary for courtrooms. But knowing that background information isn't necessary to appreciate the Daley Center's striking appearance in "The Dark Knight" as an onyx-black blot on an otherwise illuminated skyline.

Although Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and his alter-ego, Batman, are forces for good in Gotham, the visual is an ominous foreshadowing of bad things to come for the fictional city. For about three seconds, Daley Center gets to be a much more exotic locale than the real-life location for court records and archives, public notaries, and the Cook County Comptroller, among other municipal services.