NBC's 'Chicago Fire' Plans 'Simulated Emergency' at Local Pub
BUCKTOWN — After some in the media were fooled by reports of a helicopter crash that turned out to be a scene for NBC's drama ''Chicago Fire,'' location managers for the popular series are cautioning residents not to call 911 if they witness a ''simulated emergency'' in Bucktown.
"Without getting specific, it's an emergency scene," said Adam Boor, 34, an assistant location manager for the series, which plans to shoot portions of episode 14 at Lottie's Pub on Thursday and Friday.
"The Police and Fire departments are aware of all of our activity," Boor said.
On Tuesday, a crew of 20 workers were busy prepping the pub at 1925 W. Cortland Ave. for filming.
Matt Hayes, general manager of Lottie's, which recently celebrated its 78th anniversary, told DNAinfo.com Chicago that the pub was scouted out by the location managers because of its "unique layout" and "the way it fit the scene they wanted to shoot."
Hayes was unable to provide further details on what exactly will happen inside of Lottie's Pub.
A sign affixed to the exterior of the bar Tuesday read, "Bombardier Lounge.''
Lottie's will be closed for business Wednesday and Thursday and reopen from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
In November, ''Chicago Fire'' filming took over multiple Lincoln Park blocks, much to the chagrin of one Lincoln Park resident whose car was towed to make way for production crews.
Signs posted on Bucktown streets warn residents of parking advisories in effect for the intersection of Winchester and Cortland avenues as well as nearby streets. Alternative residential parking will be provided at Drummond Elementary, one block south of Lottie's at 1825 W. Cortland from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Friday.
Parking restrictions are as follows:
- The intersection of Winchester and Cortland will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
- Damen, from the 1800 block (at Bloomingdale Trail), north to Armitage will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
- Parking will be closed on both sides of Cortland from Damen Avenue to 1921 W. Cortland Ave. and both sides of Winchester avenue from the alley north of the intersection to the alley south of the intersection.