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Effective January 1, 2016, all film permit applications must be submitted though the City of Chicago’s new online system.


Internship Information

For information regarding internships in the Creative Industries Department – including the Film Office, please click here. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept resumes directly in our office. All materials must to be submitted directly to the City of Chicago Human Resources Department. 

The Chicago Film Office, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, leads the city’s effort to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and all forms of local screen entertainment. For filmmakers, it is a one-stop liaison for all City of Chicago production needs including permits, city services, and logistical support.

Audiences around the world travel Chicago’s streets through its portrayal in filmed entertainment. These compelling images help to generate tourism, promote international business, and establish a new global awareness of our landscape and culture. Adding to local favorites Ferris Buellers Day Off and The Blues Brothers, recent productions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, The Dark Knight, and Public Enemies as well as numerous television series have led to Chicago being ranked among the most respected production centers in the country.

Since 1980,more than 1100 feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue. Chicago attracts hundreds of commercials and photo shoots each year that are produced for both national and international clients.This growth industry provides quality jobs for thousands of Chicagoans and creates opportunities for hundreds of hometown businesses. This success would not have been possible without tremendous community support. Thanks to the spirited cooperation of residents, businesses and civic leaders, Chicago is truly a remarkable city for filmmaking.

Permits For Filming City Services & Rates
Casting Calls Film Students
 Filmed In Chicago Film Festivals/Events
 What's Filming Now Resources
 FAQs Tax Incentives

Most Recent News (Chicago Film Office)

Feb 3, 2016 Chicago Hosts More Than 500 Film Projects and 1,902 Filming Days in 2015

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Contact Information

Chicago Film Office
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, Room 108
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: 312.744.6415
Fax: 312.744.1378


Rich Moskal, Director

Betsey Grais, Deputy Director

Yolanda Arias, Project Coordinator

Office Hours:

  • Monday through Friday
  • 9am-5pm

2016 Holidays/Office Closed:

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Dr. King's Birthday - Jan. 18
  • Lincoln's Birthday - Feb. 12
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 15
  • Pulaski Day - Mar. 7
  • Memorial Day - May 30
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - Sept. 5
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 10
  • Veterans' Day - Nov. 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 24
  • Christmas Day - Dec. 25 & 26