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Projects Filmed in Chicago Jump 20 Percent

January 21, 2014

The number of film and television projects filmed in Chicago, jumped 20 percent in 2013 to 2,198 filming days, according to the Chicago Film office.

City officials said it was a new record high, trumping 2012's 1,808 hours.

The filming hours include six simultaneous full-time TV series, three studio features shot back-to-back and 137 commercials.

"The most impressive growth was in episodic television," said Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office. "Scripted one-hour dramas see Chicago as a versatile, cinematic and affordable destination."

Moskal said the expansion of Cinespace Studios and the endorsement of two Dick Wolf series -- "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" -- have convinced the industry that Chicago highly functioning and "open for business."

TV series shooting in Chicago during 2013 included ABC's "Betrayal" and "Mind Games" as well as NBC's "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD" and "Crisis." USA's "Sirens" also shoots in Chicago.

Studio features filmed in Chicago in 2013 included "Divergent," "Jupiter Ascending" and "Transformers 4." All three will be released in 2014.

"These record stats reflect our city's greater capacity and maturity as a true production center," Moskal said. "The past two years have been an important step forward in establishing Chicago as an industry hub."

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