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HomrQT Dec 30, 2017 1:35 AM

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Originally Posted by KWillChicago (Post 8031699)
Not to stay off topic but i'm pretty sure Chicago has one of the highest filming taxes of all major cities on the planet. I know the Matrix was originally supposed to be filmed in chicago but withe their low budget spending most of it on computer technology they ended up filming in canada for much less. If you watch the film you can actually see signs throughout the picture and the script. Such as "the intersection of state and lake" or the poster of chicago skline in his bosses office. But it is sad when movies turn out to be mega-blockbuster franchises but we lose them because we ask them for way too much money.

Not that it's important, just wanted to say The Matrix was mostly shot in Australia, not Canada.

KWillChicago Dec 30, 2017 2:24 AM

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Originally Posted by HomrQT (Post 8031718)
Not that it's important, just wanted to say The Matrix was mostly shot in Australia, not Canada.

My bad. Your probly right.

LouisVanDerWright Dec 30, 2017 3:14 AM

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Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 8031337)
Shameless does a good job of filming Chicago neighborhoods, although (I guess for budget reasons) they mix in some LA street scenes and a faux-Chicago backlot. They're pretty careful about mixing the two, most of the LA scenes are shot in close-up, no palm trees visible, etc. Usually I can only tell because of the telltale LA sunlight. All of Dick Wolf's Chicago shows include neighborhood scenes also, and Joe Swanberg's films/shows.

I'd say Chicago neighborhoods are getting more screen time than ever before.

A lot of the reluctance for directors is due to cost, on-location filming is very expensive. However, Cinespace is supposed to build a backlot with some Chicago-authentic facades, so hopefully that will help a little bit too (within the constraints of backlot filming).

I mentioned it somewhere else but Chicago PD recently paid me $7500 to stop work for a day at one of my construction sites so they could fill a scene they needed a construction site for. They literally filmed for three hours and left. The amount of money activity like this must inject in the local economy is absurd given how much they threw at me for basically nothing.

VKChaz Dec 30, 2017 3:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Halsted & Villagio (Post 8031463)
l......What I don't get is why I see so many scenes of front lawns (in various films) with the little 3 foot grass embankment when that is not a feature of any neighborhood in Chicago that I am aware of -- most likely filmed in Atlanta or someplace in the south. So my question is, why is Atlanta (or a city in the south) doing double duty for Chicago neighborhoods? Especially when Chicago is nothing like Atlanta. I assume it is most likely due to cost. And, if so, we need to somehow figure out a way to keep that business here by making it more affordable to film in Chicago.

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Georgia has a large film & television production industry (I believe it is third after CA and NY). Not surprising to see it as a stand in for any city.

pilsenarch Dec 30, 2017 3:13 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 8031781)
I mentioned it somewhere else but Chicago PD recently paid me $7500 to stop work for a day at one of my construction sites so they could fill a scene they needed a construction site for. They literally filmed for three hours and left. The amount of money activity like this must inject in the local economy is absurd given how much they threw at me for basically nothing.

Yeah, the money is awesome... a series set in Chicago scouted my place and ended up paying me over $40,000 for using my condo for 3 or 4 days of filming over two seasons (while putting me up at the 4 Seasons if I wanted it)... it's great if you can land it!

LouisVanDerWright Dec 30, 2017 3:57 PM

Wow and I thought I had a sweet deal. Where do you live that they were so into it?

the urban politician Dec 30, 2017 4:27 PM

Holy shit I need to get in on this action!

HomrQT Dec 30, 2017 4:41 PM

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Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 8032009)
Holy shit I need to get in on this action!

An interesting investment plan. Get a really sweet condo downtown with excellent views. Book it as a filming location. Profit.

I have doubts a location would be used often though.

Mr Downtown Dec 30, 2017 5:53 PM

Georgia has extremely generous (30 percent) tax credits for film productions (it's not that Illinois taxes film production more; we just don't bribe the producers as heavily). I found it really distracting when watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. I could sort of believe the Atlanta suburbs standing in for Dallas—but not for Silicon Valley.

marothisu Dec 30, 2017 7:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown (Post 8032066)
Georgia has extremely generous (30 percent) tax credits for film productions (it's not that Illinois taxes film production more; we just don't bribe the producers as heavily). I found it really distracting when watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. I could sort of believe the Atlanta suburbs standing in for Dallas—but not for Silicon Valley.

Took the words right out of my mouth. Great show - always interesting how Atlanta stood in for Dallas and I believe it also stood in for some of the SF/suburbs shots in the more suburban residential areas. Though - Dallas and Atlanta might not be all that different in a number of locations through the area.

Chi-Sky21 Dec 31, 2017 4:48 AM

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Originally Posted by HomrQT (Post 8032020)
An interesting investment plan. Get a really sweet condo downtown with excellent views. Book it as a filming location. Profit.

I have doubts a location would be used often though.

It would be if that location was the spot where one of the main characters "lived". Happened to a friend of mind in the west loop. I guess my old view of the doggy daycare didnt cut it though :(

pilsenarch Dec 31, 2017 2:23 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 8031999)
Wow and I thought I had a sweet deal. Where do you live that they were so into it?

Well, I do have kinda a sweet space with sloping ceilings reaching around 13' with a terrace/tree/landscaping looking toward a sweeping view of downtown from the south (east Pilsen)... ;) it was supposed to be the pad of a regular character before they cancelled the series... :hell:

harryc Jan 2, 2018 2:37 PM

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Notyrview Jan 3, 2018 12:33 PM

This one is turning out more elegant than the renderings. Nice last shot, Harry.

10023 Jan 3, 2018 1:16 PM

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Originally Posted by HomrQT (Post 8032020)
An interesting investment plan. Get a really sweet condo downtown with excellent views. Book it as a filming location. Profit.

I have doubts a location would be used often though.

Yeah I don't imagine it could be recurring revenue. Producers don't want viewers thinking "oh, that's the apartment from [insert other series]".

donnie Jan 3, 2018 3:20 PM

Hate to keep ragging on the Hilton next door but those boxes on the roof are horrific and taints Michigan Ave.

Steely Dan Jan 3, 2018 4:45 PM

* off topic posts deleted *

please stay on topic folks.

this thread is not the appropriate place to debate the international relevance of chicago landmarks.

MayorOfChicago Jan 4, 2018 3:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown (Post 8032066)
Georgia has extremely generous (30 percent) tax credits for film productions (it's not that Illinois taxes film production more; we just don't bribe the producers as heavily). I found it really distracting when watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. I could sort of believe the Atlanta suburbs standing in for Dallas—but not for Silicon Valley.

Actually Chicago matches Georgia's 30% tax credit, although it caps the amounts at a lower amount per person than Georgia. For instance the cap goes up to the first $100,000 salary per person as opposed to Georgia that credits the salary tax up to $500,000 per person.

Not sure where people got the idea that Illinois is one of the highest film taxing cities. I haven't heard about high taxes, but I know they have very generous tax credits.

Notyrview Jan 4, 2018 3:50 PM

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Originally Posted by bcp (Post 8035082)
seriously...how does that get approved without requiring a setback?

If it were up to me almost all bldgs would have a setback but alas it is not up to me

markh9 Jan 4, 2018 6:32 PM

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Originally Posted by MayorOfChicago (Post 8036118)
Actually Chicago matches Georgia's 30% tax credit, although it caps the amounts at a lower amount per person than Georgia. For instance the cap goes up to the first $100,000 salary per person as opposed to Georgia that credits the salary tax up to $500,000 per person.

Not sure where people got the idea that Illinois is one of the highest film taxing cities. I haven't heard about high taxes, but I know they have very generous tax credits.

This is correct.

Another (more critical, IMO) difference is that Georgia's tax credit applies to out-of-state workers, whereas Illinois' credits apply only to Illinois residents.

Given our existing film infrastructure and state finances, this is the right path for our state.

More here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...ilm-production

BVictor1 Jan 15, 2018 1:08 AM

01/13/18
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KWillChicago Jan 15, 2018 4:11 AM

Thats going to look so sick from that view, Adler, if 1000M gets going with Essex and OGP.

BVictor1 Jan 17, 2018 5:44 AM

01/15/18

https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/ser...167618/enhance

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Bombardier Jan 17, 2018 3:03 PM

The scaffold is completely out of the large winter garden space. It looks massive! Also some of the metal panels have been stripped of the protective cover. The color is silver and looks good with the green glass. You can see it better on the back side of the building right now. This thing is going to be a stunner!

left of center Jan 17, 2018 10:43 PM

Awesome pics, BVic! Thanks for braving the craptastic weather to get them!

Rooster slayer Jan 18, 2018 1:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Bombardier (Post 8049699)
The scaffold is completely out of the large winter garden space. It looks massive! Also some of the metal panels have been stripped of the protective cover. The color is silver and looks good with the green glass. You can see it better on the back side of the building right now. This thing is going to be a stunner!

One of my favorite buildings going up right now:cheers:

BVictor1 Jan 18, 2018 10:36 AM

01/17/18

https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/ser...271642/enhance

rgarri4 Jan 19, 2018 3:29 PM

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Originally Posted by KWillChicago (Post 8047189)
Thats going to look so sick from that view, Adler, if 1000M gets going with Essex and OGP.

https://images2.imgbox.com/be/fb/qxFRHmxO_o.jpg

left of center Jan 19, 2018 4:02 PM

Damn, Essex and 1000M really add some bulk to the skyline. There is a noticeable height gap between Roosevelt and Congress when viewing from the east. These two definitely help to address that.

KWillChicago Jan 19, 2018 4:15 PM

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Originally Posted by left of center (Post 8052953)
Damn, Essex and 1000M really add some bulk to the skyline. There is a noticeable height gap between Roosevelt and Congress when viewing from the east. These two definitely help to address that.

Somi is going to fill that space to the south nicely as well. I hope that turns the south loop highrise into a trend.

Joe Zekas Jan 20, 2018 1:13 AM

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/...81f1e340_b.jpg

The winter garden at Essex on the Park
by YoChicago, on Flickr

When it's completed, this is likely to be the most dramatic indoor amenity space in a residential building in Chicago.

The eastern part of the space will have an indoor pool and panoramic views over Grant Park. Nano walls will seasonally open the north and side ends of the space to the outdoors

Chi-Sky21 Jan 20, 2018 4:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Joe Zekas (Post 8053761)
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/...81f1e340_b.jpg

The winter garden at Essex on the Park
by YoChicago, on Flickr

When it's completed, this is likely to be the most dramatic indoor amenity space in a residential building in Chicago.

The eastern part of the space will have an indoor pool and panoramic views over Grant Park. Nano walls will seasonally open the north and side ends of the space to the outdoors

:worship:

SteelMonkey Jan 20, 2018 5:27 AM

Damn. Sick pic :cheers:

KWillChicago Jan 20, 2018 1:09 PM

That view blows my mind why more peolpe aren't trying to redevelop those mich ave buildings into luxury highrises like legacy. Oh, except for alderman, nimbys, costs, tax and....ect. C'mon 1000m, i hope you pull through.

LouisVanDerWright Jan 20, 2018 1:39 PM

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Originally Posted by KWillChicago (Post 8054074)
That view blows my mind why more peolpe aren't trying to redevelop those mich ave buildings into luxury highrises like legacy. Oh, except for alderman, nimbys, costs, tax and....ect. C'mon 1000m, i hope you pull through.

What actually blows my mind is how underdeveloped Wabash is particularly Jewelers Row which is one block off Michigan and Millennium Park. There's a ton of vacancy along there right now. Brand new L station too. Meanwhile the Michigan side if the block is hopping with some seriously cool stuff like the Athletic Association popping off.

Joe Zekas Jan 20, 2018 2:31 PM

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4653/...9066e304_b.jpg

The winter garden at Essex on the Park
by YoChicago, on Flickr.

Some of the cutouts overlooking this space were not part of the original plans.

the urban politician Jan 20, 2018 2:43 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 8054088)
What actually blows my mind is how underdeveloped Wabash is particularly Jewelers Row which is one block off Michigan and Millennium Park. There's a ton of vacancy along there right now. Brand new L station too. Meanwhile the Michigan side if the block is hopping with some seriously cool stuff like the Athletic Association popping off.

Wabash just won’t develop into more than a service retail district because of the L.

But I like it the way it is. Lots of historic buildings, very Chicago. Gritty and urban. You can’t replicate that in Dallas or Atlanta

emathias Jan 20, 2018 2:51 PM

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Originally Posted by KWillChicago (Post 8031749)
My bad. Your probly right.

No probably about it - Matrix was mostly filmed in Sydney. The Wachowski siblings do have studios/offices here in Ravenswood now, but there were Chicago names in The Matrix because they grew up in Chicagoland.

marothisu Jan 20, 2018 3:33 PM

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Originally Posted by emathias (Post 8054129)
No probably about it - Matrix was mostly filmed in Sydney. The Wachowski siblings do have studios/offices here in Ravenswood now, but there were Chicago names in The Matrix because they grew up in Chicagoland.

And the name Neo was most likely named after the nightclub Neo in Lincoln Park that unfortunately closed a few years ago.

Joe Zekas Jan 23, 2018 9:58 PM

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/...d9b970b4_b.jpg

Essex on the Park, 800 S Michigan
by YoChicago, on Flickr. Shot from a penthouse terrace at 777 South State.

KWillChicago Jan 23, 2018 10:13 PM

This thing is starting to fly. Estimated top-off? Very late 2018?

Fvn Jan 23, 2018 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by KWillChicago (Post 8057975)
This thing is starting to fly. Estimated top-off? Very late 2018?

I was thinking more May or June. Its going really fast with those small floor plates

italy5150 Jan 23, 2018 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Joe Zekas (Post 8057956)
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/...d9b970b4_b.jpg

Essex on the Park, 800 S Michigan
by YoChicago, on Flickr. Shot from a penthouse terrace at 777 South State.

The glass is a bit greener than I thought it would be—it looks damn good though :slob:

Can't wait to see what the winter garden glass looks like!!

J_M_Tungsten Jan 23, 2018 11:22 PM

^ Is that a one story parking garage?

Domer2019 Jan 23, 2018 11:37 PM

This is gonna end up looking very Wolf Point West, huh. Wish it was lighter.

donnie Jan 23, 2018 11:45 PM

This thing is already half way up, i think May!

harryc Jan 24, 2018 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by J_M_Tungsten (Post 8058091)
^ Is that a one story parking garage?

No 2 1/2

Dec 20 2017

KWillChicago Jan 24, 2018 12:39 AM

Does Essex own that garage? It be good for them for protected west views, but that would be a great lot to develop.

marothisu Jan 24, 2018 1:25 AM

Yeah - this is only a few floors away from being half way done regarding floor count. It'll probably be topped out in late spring/early summer.

Bombardier Jan 24, 2018 1:39 AM

Floor 22 and core from 24 to 25 pours tomorrow. Not quite half way... top off will be in July. Glass looks good up close.


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