Trailers and equipment for actors and film crew.
Used to be you could see film and TV crews at work almost every day in Chicago. In the mid-1990s, much of the industry moved up to Canada where it was cheaper to shoot. Bad for local actors and tech people. Well, the actors make most of their money on commercials, so that didn't matter as much. But it was very bad for people on the production side.
The industry has returned recently, the result of deliberate efforts to bring some of the work back to Chicago. Though we aren't quite back to the '90s, there has been a lot of local work this year. On Tuesday, studio trailers and equipment trucks lined our street. Later, they shot a night scene for a Fox TV show on our front steps (blurry point-and-shoot images not worth posting). The show is "Ridealong." The producer, Shawn Ryan, was the executive producer for The Shield and Lie To Me.
I avoid involvement with our building association, so I'm not always up on what's happening. I assume we made a little money renting out some of our property.
Also on Tuesday, while driving on Ridge Avenue up in Rogers Park, I noticed fake snow covering the parkways and front yards. They were shooting a scene for Contagion (Matt Damon & Gwyneth Paltrow) earlier in the day.