Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Tuesday, April 16

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Bordello Goodman's 'Trinity River Plays' Another Success For Regina Taylor »

Television Mon Feb 07 2011

The Best Thing about "The Chicago Code": It Really Was Made Here

This commentary was submitted by Margaret Larkin.

"The Chicago Code" premieres tonight at 8pm on Fox 32. If you want a light viewing experience -- something with a plot and fast-moving action, with characters you don't have to figure out -- then feel free to enjoy it, as I'm sure many people around town, and the nation, will.

But if you want to avoid Hollywood stereotypes, don't bother. It has the predictable characters we often see: strong men and weak women. We're supposed to believe that the first female police superintendent, played by Jennifer Beals, has paid her dues by toughing it out on the streets to eventually beat out all the guys to reign, but the toughness she shows conveys an adeptness at memorizing her lines rather than reflecting the battles she fought to get there. I was actually looking forward to seeing her in the show, since she's from Chicago and already has a long acting career, but was surprised that she doesn't have the gravitas that her male coworkers seem to effortlessly possess.

When I saw another female officer, I was hoping she'd demonstrate the strength that the guys have, but that was missing from her as well. Maybe the show's execs (all men) don't know that there really are female cops in Chicago, and they make Beals look like she'd be more comfortable attending a police social event than a crime scene.

But Hollywood did get one thing right, in addition to a pleasant script, entertaining plot, and references to corruption: they really did shoot the show here. You can see many neighborhoods, streets, and well-known sites throughout the show, which is a whole lot better than the few external images we usually get of cliché Chicago stuck between plentiful scenes shot in New York or LA.

GB store

Jay / February 7, 2011 6:21 PM

I've seen the previews of this new show on Fox; it stinks, which is a shame; Dumb plots, even dumber situations the 'cops' find themselves in. I was hoping that a series about cops filmed in Chicago would have been better than this. I'll stick with watching Southland on TNT.

Bart Shore / February 8, 2011 9:37 AM

I liked the fact that this was "Chicago", the scenes were real, the plot was far fetched and way way out there, this show will not have staying power.

GB store

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.
Read this feature »

Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

By Steve Prokopy

Read this column »


An Angry White Guy
AREA Chicago
ArchitectureChicago Plus
Arts Engagement Exchange
The Art Letter
Art or Idiocy?
Art Slant Chicago
Art Talk Chicago
Bad at Sports
Bite and Smile
Brian Dickie of COT
Bridgeport International
Carrie Secrist Gallery
Chainsaw Calligraphy
Chicago Art Blog
Chicago Art Department
Chicago Art Examiner
Chicago Art Journal
Chicago Artists Resource
Chicago Art Map
Chicago Art Review
Chicago Classical Music
Chicago Comedy Examiner
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Daily Views
Chicago Film Examiner
Chicago Film Archives
Chicago Gallery News
Chicago Uncommon
Contemporary Art Space
Co-op Image Group
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Chicago Urban Art Society
Creative Control
Devening Projects
DIY Film
The Exhibition Agency
The Flatiron Project
F newsmagazine
The Gallery Crawl...
Galerie F
The Gaudy God
Happy Dog Gallery
Homeroom Chicago
I, Homunculus
Hyde Park Artcenter Blog
Joyce Owens: Artist on Art
Julius Caesar
Kasia Kay Gallery
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Rob Kozlowski
Lookingglass Theatre Blog
Lumpen Blog
Mess Hall
Neoteric Art
Not If But When
Noun and Verb
On Film
On the Make
Peanut Gallery
Peregrine Program
The Poor Choices Show
Pop Up Art Loop
The Post Family
The Recycled Film
Reversible Eye
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Roots & Culture Gallery
The Seen
Sisterman Vintage
Site of Big Shoulders
Sixty Inches From Center
Soleil's To-Do's
Sometimes Store
Stop Go Stop
Storefront Rebellion
TOC Blog
Theater for the Future
Theatre in Chicago
The Franklin
The Mission
The Theater Loop
Thomas Robertello Gallery
Time Tells Tony Wight Gallery
Uncommon Photographers
The Unscene Chicago
The Visualist
Western Exhibitions
What's Going On?
What to Wear During an Orange Alert?
You, Me, Them, Everybody
Zg Gallery

GB store



A/C on Flickr

Join the A/C Flickr Pool.

About A/C

A/C is the arts and culture section of Gapers Block, covering the many forms of expression on display in Chicago. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Nancy Bishop,
A/C staff inbox:



A/C Flickr Pool
 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15