CHICAGO — In 2016, Chicago truly was a TV and movie star.
There were 4,168 completed film permits issued by the city in 2016 — up from just 1,622 a year before, a preliminary look at city data shows.
More than 1,600 of last year's permits were connected to four shows produced by Dick Wolf: "Chicago Fire", "Chicago PD", "Chicago Med" and "Chicago Justice."
Chicago "is a cleaner, politer New York with slightly heavier people," Wolf said in August about why Chicago has become his leading star.
In 2016, the mayor's office announced that the film boom that has occurred in Chicago thanks in part to a 30 percent state tax credit and the creation of Cinespace Film Studios in North Lawndale.
The mayor's office estimates that on average, a single season of one network television series spends $30 million to $40 million locally and hires anywhere from 250 to 400 people.
The state offers tax credits to filmmakers to help attract and keep business. The Sun-Times has reported that since the tax credit program was created in 2008, the Illinois film office has awarded tax credits of some $268 million.
In addition to Wolf's shows, other major productions in Chicago include:
• Two raunchy holiday-themed movies: "Bad Santa 2" and "Office Christmas Party."
• Showtime's Shameless, which aired its seventh season in 2016.
• Amazon's "The Patriot."
• "Death Wish," a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson action movie now starring Bruce Willis
• Other movies, including "Public Housing Unit," "The Empty Man" and "Signature Move"
Check out the map below to see how permits for the mentioned television shows and movies were issued across Chicago's neighborhoods. The map is a preliminary look at 2016 filming statistics. Full data is expected to be released by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events later this winter.
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