NBC show Chicago Fire filming to disrupt traffic in Evanston this week

Robin Opsahl, Assistant City Editor

NBC television show Chicago Fire will film in Evanston on Wednesday and Thursday, prompting the closure of certain streets, the city announced Monday.

The filming will require a full closure of Forest Place between Davis Street and Church Street from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The show will be filmed in the 1600 block of Forest Place, a residential area near Patriots Park, a park at the intersection of Davis Street and Sheridan Road near Lake Michigan.

The show, a drama following the lives of firefighters and paramedics working for the Chicago Fire Department, is also recruiting local police officers from Evanston and the Chicago area to work as extras during the two days of filming, according to casting Facebook page for the show. Chicago Fire cast Evanston second grader Tyler Kaplan in an episode that was filmed previously and is set to premiere Feb. 23.

Detours will be set up for Forest Place, an extension of Sheridan Road, rerouting traffic along Clark Street to Chicago Avenue and from Davis Street to Judson Avenue. Church Street will be closed intermittently between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

In addition to the street closings, production and equipment vehicles were issued parking permits by the city, and will remain on the street overnight Wednesday.

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