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Stretch Of 18th Street Closed This Week As ‘Lovecraft Country’ Filming Returns To Pilsen

A new HBO series produced by Jordan Peele will close streets for filming in the evening and early morning hours from Wednesday until Saturday.

Storefronts on 18th Street in Pilsen were transformed into a 1950s set for new HBO show "Lovecraft Country."
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PILSEN — The new HBO series “Lovecraft Country” will return to Pilsen this week, prompting street closures during filming.

The Chicago Department of Transportation said road closures along 18th Street will take place during filming for the series beginning Wednesday and ending early Saturday morning.

Starting Wednesday at 5 p.m., 18th Street will be closed between Ashland Avenue and Blue Island Avenue until 6 a.m. Thursday.

The closures along the stretch of 18th Street will resume Thursday from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, and again from 5 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Through traffic will be detoured to Cermak Road, the city said.

Eastbound traffic will be directed south on Ashland to Cermak Road where drivers will be sent north on Racine Avenue to 18th Street.

Westbound traffic will be detoured South on Racine Avenue to Cermak Road and up Ashland.

During filming, local traffic, cyclists and pedestrians will have limited access to the strip of 18th Street.

The series started filming last month in Pilsen. Film crews transported Pilsen’s 18th Street back to the 1950s for the filming of a new HBO drama-horror series.

“Lovecraft Country” is being produced by Oscar Award-winning actor/writer/producer Jordan Peele.

The series, based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name, follows Atticus Black who takes a cross country road trip with his friend Letitia and Uncle George to find his missing father in 1950s Jim Crow America.

Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is one of the companies producing the hour-long horror drama for HBO.

The series stars Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance and Jamie Harris.