As Chicago continues to get more film and television work, the city's largest studio is planning to open up several sound stages to attract tourists and their dollars. According to DNAinfo, Cinespace Chicago is working on building a large Hollywood-style backlot space that will feature stretches of stages that will look and feel like a few major cities, including New York City and London and hopes to lure tourists to its North Lawndale campus. The idea is to have an all-in-one operation for studios to do a bulk of their filming in the same location, but as televisions shows are canceled, Cinespace may keep the old sets and open them up for visitors. Cinespace is working with Chicago's Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) on the project, which will transform former factory buildings into film and TV production facilities. Previously a steel mill, Cinespace's 50-acre campus is looking to become one of the largest of its kind in the world.
·Cinespace Aims to Bring Hollywood-Style Backlot Tours to Chicago [DNAinfo]
·Cinespace [Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture]
·Cinespace Chicago Film Studios [Official website]