Before Hollywood became the capital of film making, Chicago was an already established “it” location for filmmakers. In the 1900s, Chicago had become a leader in the film industry and had the public’s attention. However, by the 1920s, there was a decline in its success for many reasons. Chicago still had its star power, though, and in the 1980s had a revival with the state of Illinois becoming one of the biggest financial investors in film production.
In 2009 an Illinois bill furthered Chicago’s film production. The bill provides a 30% tax credit on all production costs within the state of Illinois. Since instituting this law in 2009, many filmmakers have committed to Chicago for production.
Since Chicago has a rich history in the film industry, there are many movie scene locations throughout the city; most of them are free. So if you want to feel like the main character for once, Check out this GoogleMyMap that highlights some popular movie locations.