Illinois breaks record for movie production revenue in 2021
CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that projected movie production revenues in 2021 hit a record high of $630 million, breaking pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by $70 million. Film production revenues are the costs associated with film, television, streaming and digital media, which have steadily increased over the past 10 years. Additionally, filming permits issued by the City of Chicago have also reached pre-pandemic levels.
“Illinois has always played a special role in the zeitgeist of American culture and as a state we are proud to be on full display during what has become the golden age of cinema and television,” Governor JB Pritzker said.
In addition to film revenue statistics, which are collected by the state as part of the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit, the Chicago Film Office of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has recorded gains in the number of permits administered. Additionally, in 2021, the Chicago Film Office launched a new “Chicago Made” initiative to strengthen Chicago’s television and film industry, including a workforce development program and public awareness campaign. based on recommendations from the City of Chicago COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.
In addition to major prime-time programs like “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago PD” renewed for an additional season, 2021 also brought new TV productions like Apple TV+’s “Shining Girls.” and “61st Street” from AMC Studios.
In Lockport, the production of HBO’s “Somebody Somewhere” between May and June 2021 provided over $100,000 in fees, rentals and purchases to the Lockport community and businesses, including but not including limit: City of Lockport, Township of Lockport High School, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Additionally, 26 Lockport residents were hired as background actors.