Your filming location guide to Chicago TV shows
Chicago is becoming a hotspot for television and movie filming. Last year alone, 13 shows were actively filming all around the city, including both new and long-running series. We’ve done some of the legwork and created this easy guide to some of the locations you’ll recognize from your favorite TV shows filmed in Chicago.
Shameless filming locations
The series is mainly set in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, including a small area called Canaryville. That particular spot is historically known for its large Irish-American population, so the Gallaghers fit right in.
Fans of the show will instantly recognize the house at 2119 S. Homan Ave. as the primary residence of the Gallagher clan. It’s an iconic piece of the show, so we don’t blame you for wanting to see it for yourself. But the house is currently lived in by a real-life family, so just make sure to stay on the sidewalk.
Just like in the show, the house where Kevin and Veronica live is located right down the street from the Gallagher’s house at 2113 S. Homan Ave.
Patsy’s Pies, which becomes a fixture in later seasons as the diner owned by Fiona, is nowhere near the South Side. Those scenes were filmed at the Golden House Restaurant & Pancake House in the Uptown neighborhood at 4744 N. Broadway St., right next to the Riviera Theatre. The old-school, cash-only spot is beloved for their classic diner food.
Fiona’s apartment building
The apartment building that took Fiona from zero to hero to zero to hero? That’s 3310 W. 19th St. in the Lawndale neighborhood. There’s no mistaking it — to look at it, you might think you’d see one of Fiona’s feisty tenants or Ford hanging out.
#OneChicago filming locations
Many shows are set in Chicago, but Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago shows on NBC are filmed entirely in the city. Because they shoot exclusively in Chicago, the variety and number of locations is remarkable. Fans who want to get a real-life look at some memorable places from the shows should put the following spots on their Chicago itinerary:
Chicago Fire filming locations
The preferred hang-out of the Firehouse 51 crew is a real bar in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Molly’s has been a fixture on the series since season one, and those scenes were originally shot inside Lottie’s Pub at 1924 W. Cortland St. The show now uses replica of the bar’s interior for filming, but Firefans are still in luck. Walking into the bar feels like walking on set — you can even buy a “Molly’s by Day, Lottie’s by Night” t-shirt or order the Chicago Fire burger.
Chicago Fire Academy
The Chicago Fire Academy, which makes many appearances in the show, is a striking modern building located at 558 W. De Koven Street. Ironically, it’s located in the exact spot where Great Chicago Fire began in 1871. You can roam around the ground floor and check out the fascinating history there, like a plaque marking the fire’s starting point and vintage firefighting gear.
The Chicago Fire Department Engine 18 is a working firehouse that doubles as Firehouse 51 in Chicago Fire. While most interior scenes are filmed on a set, all the exterior shots are filmed at the station at 1360 S. Blue Island Avenue. It’s a must-see for fans of the show — you might even catch some of the stars in action!
Chicago PD filming locations
District 21 Police Station
Chicago PD is often filmed in the Pilsen neighborhood around 18th Street. Chicago PD’s District 21 is filmed at the UIC Police Headquarters at 943 W. Maxwell St. It’s a real working police station, so don’t anticipate strolling in for a tour, but the exterior is always good for a selfie. It’s also right around the corner from the Chicago Fire firehouse.
White Palace Grill & other restaurants
The characters often find themselves on Canal Street at the White Palace Grill (1159 S. Canal St.). But the squad hits up local bars and restaurants all over the city:
Lottie’s Pub: 1924 W. Cortland St.
Maria’s Packaged Goods And Community Bar: 960 W. 31st St.
The Village Inn: 4035 S. Wallace St.
Lou Mitchell’s: 565 W. Jackson Blvd.
Boni Vino Pizza: 111 W. Van Buren St.
Original Ferrara Bakery: 2210 W. Taylor St.
Bridgeport Restaurant: 3500 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Med filming locations
Gaffney Medical Center
When you see your favorite characters clearing their heads on the roof? It’s part of the Rush University Medical Center, which is the home base for the show. The hospital, which stands in for the Gaffney Medical Center on the show, is located at 1653 W. Congress Parkway.
In a graveside ceremony, the characters found themselves in Graceland Cemetery at 4001 N. Clark St. It’s worth the trip to the city’s north side – the graveyard is host to the resting places of so many interesting people. Architects, public figures, baseball and boxing greats, and famous inventors are among some of the noteworthy names buried here.
At the end of a long day, the Chicago Med crew heads to Molly’s (or Lottie’s at Chicagoans know it). While scenes are no longer filmed here, stopping into the neighborhood pub feels like you’re walking onto the #OneChicago set. The characters of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD have also been known to grab a pint at this Bucktown favorite.
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