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New Showtime Series ‘Work In Progress’ Filming In Uptown, Causing A Parking Shortage Through Wednesday

Street parking will be limited along Broadway and other streets until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Film Crews outside the Baton in Uptown as part of the filming of the Showtime series "Work in Progress."
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UPTOWN — Thinking of parking in Uptown this week? Maybe take the bus.

The new Showtime series “Work In Progress” is filming scenes in the neighborhood, location manager Brian Fairley said.

Chicago native Lilly Wachowski is a co-writer and executive producer of the series. It stars Abby McEnany.

From Monday through Wednesday, film crews will be taking up big chunks of street parking as they film inside The Baton, 4713 N. Broadway, in Uptown’s entertainment district.

Flyers were sent out to neighboring businesses, alerting them of the disturbance, according to Ald. James Cappleman’s (46th) office.

Credit: Jonathan Ballew/Block Club Chicago
Much of Uptown’s street parking will be occupied by film crew trucks until Wednesday evening.

From Monday through 6 p.m. Wednesday there will be no parking in the following areas of Uptown:

  • The north side of Lawrence Avenue from Broadway to Clifton Street
  • The east side of Broadway from Lawrence Avenue to Gunnison Street
  • Both sides of Broadway from Lawrence Avenue to Leland Avenue

On Monday, film crews could be seen coming in and out of The Baton — a famous Chicago drag club that recently moved to Uptown.

“Work In Progress” is a series about “a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke” who falls in love with a trans-man, according to Showtime’s website.

Although crews were unable to talk to Block Club, one crew member described the show “kind of like Shameless, but through an LGBTQ lens.”

Credit: Jonathan Ballew/Block Club Chicago
Crews for “Work In Progress,” a new Showtime series.

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