The production crew working on “Chicago Fire” which premieres October 10, 2012, has permission to shoot on the Amstutz Expressway while authorities shut it down from 10:00 a.m. September 27 through 2 a.m. September 28, 2012. The expressway will be shut down specifically for filming from Greenwood Avenue south to Genesee Street. Traffic will be detoured onto Sheridan Road. The Waukegan harbor area will be accessible from Pershing Road.
The majority of work and filming on the Amstutz Expressway will occur at night.
A portion of Genesee Street might be closed briefly during the day for scenes scheduled to be shot at Arden Shore Child and Family Services, 329 S. Genesee Street. All extra expenses for public safety work during the production is paid for by producers of ‘Chicago Fire’.
Previous movies filmed in Waukegan include Contagion (2011), Eagle Eye (2008), Save the Last Dance (2001), Batman Begins (2005), The Blues Brothers (1980), Ground Hog Day (1993), and A Wedding (1978).
Film shots from “Contagion” which starred Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law (not shown here). The scenes filmed in Waukegan featured semi-truck drivers and two National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters moving along the Amstutz Expressway.
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