Dreams of Chicagowood

My mom forwarded me an article from reelchicago.com today that made both the little boy and the future old man in me smile.

The old Ryerson Steel property (located between Ogden and Western in the Loop) was just purchased by the film company Cinespace in order to transform the property into the largest sound studio in the Chicagoland area.

Besides the obvious fact that it will be AMAZ – wait for it – ING to have a Hollywood-esque film studio in Chicago, I already feel connected to the property on a personal level.

Both my dad and my grandma have worked for Ryerson Steel almost all of their lives – my dad still is employed by Ryerson but now works in St. Louis and my grandma worked there for over 20 years. I have been to the Ryerson’s Chicago campus numerous times, and I can tell you first hand it is massive.

The article also mentions that Cinespace is wasting no time, and production in turning one of the six warehouses into a sound stage is starting immediately and should be complete in 60 days.

Chicago already made news when “Batman: The Dark Knight” was filmed on the streets of the city, and now that a 50-acre movie studio will be within driving distance of the Windy City, I can only imaging a boom in Chicago filming interest.

I’m still kind of in shock and awe from this news, but I can’t tell you how happy I am. I’m sure more reports will be coming, especially when the first movie to be shot using the studio comes around. I still can’t help but think that this is great news for the city of Chicago, especially after the disappointment that the 2016 Olympic bid was.

Get ready for the spotlight!

Click here to read the article – http://www.reelchicago.com/story.cfm?storyID=2563

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