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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
  • 9 am – 5 pm

2014 Holidays/Office Closed:

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Dr. King's Birthday - Jan. 20
  • Lincoln's Birthday - Feb. 12
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 17
  • Pulaski Day - Mar. 3
  • Memorial Day - May 26
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 13
  • Veterans' Day - Nov. 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 27
  • Christmas Day - Dec. 25 
What We Do

Chicago Film Office

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 Festivals
 Filmed In Chicago Resources 
 What's Filming Now Tax Incentives 


Filmmakers: Help Steer this CAR

Chicago Artists Resource is adding film as a discipline to its site. CAR's mission is to build a creative marketplace for Chicago artists by providing access to jobs, opportunities and professional development. We figure you want to make a living at your craft, and you need money and exposure to do so. We've started a survey to find out what that means specifically for filmmakers.

At the end of the survey is an option to submit a film short and essay. Selected works get posted to CAR and $100. (We might as well practice what we preach.)

Weigh in, submit your content. We'd love to have the people practicing film and video tell us what they need to help them focus on their work.

Most Recent News (Chicago Film Office)

Jan 21, 2014 City of Chicago Announces Another Record Year For Local Film and Television Industry
Oct 15, 2013 Producer/Writer Dick Wolf To Give Keynote Address At City Of Chicago’s First Film And Media Summit
Sep 27, 2013 City Of Chicago Announces First Chicago Film And Media Summit, October 20

Supporting Information

Department Main Office

Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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.