DOWNTOWN — Don't be alarmed by "fire department" activity near Dearborn and Wacker on Monday — it's fake — but still steer clear of the area because the street closures are real.
"Chicago Fire" will be filming on Dearborn Street between Wacker Drive and Kinzie Street, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, shutting down the Dearborn Street Bridge over the Chicago River, according to an alert from the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Motorists are advised to use State Street as an alternate. Fans, on the other hand, may want to watch the action.
Some folks got a glimpse Friday of what may have been a rehearsal for Monday's shoot.
Thanks; that is a pretty big close for downtown, looks like a full closure of Dearborn on Monday? https://t.co/2aogT0VC3f— Filming in Chicago (@filming_chicago) January 13, 2017
"Chicago Fire" debuted in 2012 as the the original series in what's since become producer Dick Wolf's Chicago "franchise," spawning "Chicago P.D.," "Chicago Med" and the forthcoming "Chicago Justice."
In 2016, more than 1,600 filming permits were issued by the city for these four shows alone.
The mayor's office estimates that on average, a single season of one network television series spends $30 to $40 million locally and hires anywhere from 250 to 400 people.
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