DOWNTOWN — TV buffs, get excited — Cookie Lyon and Fiona Gallagher will be back in town for a summer of filming in Chicago.
Ten shows will film in the city this summer and fall, according to a Chicago Film Office news release. The shooting lineup includes hits like Showtime’s “Shameless” but will also feature a variety of new shows, several of them set in Chicago and created by natives of the city.
New shows that focus on the city include “South Side” and “Red Line.” Comedy Central’s “South Side” will be a workplace comedy that takes place in Englewood and is being written by two Chicago natives. “Red Line,” from CBS, was also created by Chicagoans; the show will chronicle the aftermath of a white police officer shooting a black doctor.
“Proven False” with Kelsey Grammer and “Lovecraft Country,” which is being made by Oscar winner Jordan Peele, will also shoot their first seasons in Chicago.
“Shameless,” the Showtime hit that covers the wayward Gallagher clan of Canaryville, will film in the city for several weeks over the summer. And NBC’s interconnected dramas, “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med,” will shoot in the city starting this summer and continuing through April.
The popular show, “Empire,” which follows the Lyon family, and Showtime’s “The Chi,” which focuses on the city’s South Side, will also return to the city for filming.
The city saw a record-breaking amount of filming in 2017, when 580 film and media projects spent a collective 2,404 days on production in Chicago.