Movies and TV shows have been made in Chicago for years, but finally, a Hollywood-style backlot is going to be opening in the city.

One of my favorite vacation moments as a kid was going to Universal Studios in California. I thought it was so cool to see where and how they made movies.

Now, the Windy City is going to get its own version of Universal without the amusement park.

According to,

"Cinespace in North Lawndale has hosted filming for TV shows like Empire and Chicago Fire for the past few years, but the Southwest Side complex will start to look a bit more like Hollywood in the near future. The City Council has approved an ordinance that will allow Cinespace to build an outdoor studio backlot on its property, similar to the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles."

This could bring more filming to our area because it's cheaper to make them here as opposed to Los Angeles or New York.

Once the new outdoor backlot is up and going, they plan on having tours just like Universal Studios.

Even though they won't have Jaws, I would definitely go check it out.


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