This was the preliminary filming for the NBC TV show “Chicago PD”. We filmed on location at Cinespace Studios and the Chicago Police Training Academy.
cinespace Chicago Film Studios is based in Chicago and specializes n the development, management and operation of studio space and support facilities for the film, television, and digital media production industry. Since opening in 2011, Cinespace has become a major filming location and is the largest soundstage in the United States outside of Hollywood. Four network shows (“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago MD” and “Empire” — the top-rated show on television) are filmed at Cinespace. The films “Transformers,” “Divergent,” and “Jupiter Ascending,” have been filmed at the site, too.
Since Ryerson Steel shut down this 52-acre facility, the 1.45-million-square-feet of buildings left behind have been repurposed into film and television production studios. The Cinespace campus is tucked away in a corner of North Lawndale that is also home to Lagunitas Brewing Company. It is slowly being converted into a backlot with outdoor filming spaces to rival Hollywood. The cavernous buildings are carved up into soundproof stages of various sizes. The stages have been rented for a variety of projects including television shows “Empire” and “Chicago Fire,” as well as films in the Transformers and Divergent series.