WEST LOOP — Reality TV show The Real World is one step closer to filming in the West Loop after the show's producers won approval from the city Zoning Board of Appeals.
The show's production company, RW Productions Inc., was approved last week for a special use permit to create a temporary seven-bed group living space at 1100 W. Randolph St., according to the city's website.
At a June 18 community meeting at the building — a two-story former nightclub — Real World Co-Executive Producer Jeff Keirns heard neighborhood concerns ranging from area children being on camera to general worries about noise and "shenanigans."
Keirns said that his crew will do its best to avoid taping around minors. He also stressed that the cast can't just wander anywhere they like — all members have to check in with a producer before leaving the property.
While there is an outside patio planned for the building, Keirns said producers also plan to block off that area from public viewing via a fence and hedges. Additionally, there will be 24-hour security and spectators will be discouraged from hanging out around the property.
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