Producers from the long-running MTV reality show The Real World are set to apply for a special use permit this Friday to turn a vacant space in the West Loop into a temporary residence for seven people. The former nightclub on Randolph Street is only one of a few spaces that the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presented to the show's producers and according to the show's executive producer, the vacant space is ideal because of its location, and also because the building itself is fairly nondescript and does not have any ground level windows - to prevent any passersby from becoming too nosey. Filming is scheduled to last 12 weeks, however Bunim/Murray Productions will lease the space out for a total of five months. A total of six crews will be working in and around the space for 24 hours a day, in 10 hour shifts. Crews consist of five people, and generally there will never be more than three crews working at one time. According to the show's executive producer, cast members will have to follow strict curfews, and will be closely monitored by producers and security guards at all times. If the city approves the request for the special permit later this week, the show hopes to begin the building makeover and filming process in August.
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