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Television Sun Apr 18 2010

Thank You, Mr. President

In order to make up for my excessive food consumption at RJ Grunts, I decided to walk from Lincoln Park back downtown (where I live). The walk was beautifully pleasant, but what made it really worthwhile was what I saw on Division Street near State Street: going westbound, I saw a police car, followed by a flatbed truck. On the back of the truck was a film crew: one guy was holding some lights while another was filming inside an unmarked police car, which was sitting stationary on the back of the truck. In other words, I'm pretty sure they were filming a scene of a guy actually driving that unmarked police car, and maybe they were even recording what he was saying.

Following that truck were a few Chicago police cars with their lights on. As they made their way down Division, they turned on their sirens. I just stood there, impressed. I've seen film crews all over the city, but I've never seen such a vehicle-oriented scene being shot.

Well someone told me that perhaps it was one of the many pilots being filmed in Chicago. That is highly plausible. And it's highly exciting, because we all know what a great city we have for filming anything, and how such activity helps our image and economy.

And according to the Hollywood Reporter, we probably have the President to thank for the increased activity: they say it "might be the Obama Effect, which...would explain the popularity of the president's hometown, Chicago, as the setting for four pilots this year."

Actually, it's now up to six. Keep 'em coming!

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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