Contagion Locations Include Chicago Real Estate

September 12, 2011

The movie “Contagion” premiered over the weekend. Regardless of how it does at the box office, the film has already made a strong impact on Chicago.

“Contagion” was shot in city and suburban Chicago real estate during summer and fall of last year.

Travelers arriving at Midway Airport were confused by signs that marked it as Minneapolis Airport for the movie.

According to the Illinois Film Office (IFO), the production generated about $12.5 million in state spending and created roughly 250 jobs, not including extras.

“The economic impact of the production of Contagion is far reaching. The production provided millions of dollars in economic activity in the state and created many jobs for Illinois crew,” said Warren Ribley, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), where the state film office is housed.

“As we continue our economic recovery, the film industry will continue to be an important part of our efforts to create jobs and grow the economy.”

So, what Chicago buildings should you look for when you see the movie?

Contagion locations around Chicago include:

*Tellabs in Naperville

*Forest City Science & Technology Park in Skokie

*Amstutz Expressway in Waukegan

*Central Elementary School and Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, both in Wilmette

*Sherman Hospital in Elgin

*Downtown Western Springs

*The Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago

*Midway Airport

“Contagion played an important role in 2010 becoming a banner year for the Illinois film industry,” said IFO Deputy Director Betsy Steinberg. “The increase in television, commercial and independent film production also helped boost the state’s economy. We are making great progress in marketing Illinois as a world-class film location.”

Our state offers the Illinois Film Tax Credit, which provides a 30 percent tax credit to filmmakers for money spent on Illinois goods and services during filming. That includes wages paid to Illinois residents.

The IFO reports that Illinois’ film industry has increased 54 percent since 2009 and recorded a record $161 million in spending last year.

chicago board of trade

The Chicago Board of Trade becomes the exterior of the Daily Planet in the next Superman movie.

There’s another movie being shot in Chicago this week. The next Superman movie, “Man of Steel,” which is being made under its codename of “Autumn Frost,” is set to film in the city this weekend.

Rumor has it that Willis Tower will serve as the interior of the Daily Planet, and the outside of the Chicago Board of Trade will serve as the newspaper office’s exterior facade.

“Man of Steel,” which just finished shooting its Smallville shots in far west suburban Plano, is believed to have a budget of $175 million.

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