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Filming In Illinois

Dear Filmmakers,

Welcome to the Illinois Film Office!

2022 was a record-breaking year for Film and TV Production in Illinois with nearly $700 Million in qualified production spending.   Additionally, Governor JB Pritzker extended the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit through 2032, and on July 1, 2022, the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit expanded allowing for a limited number of non-Illinois residents to have their wages included in the tax credit.  Qualifying Non-resident wages are limited to Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Production Accountant, VFX Supervisor, Editor, Composer, Actor for work performed in Illinois. 

For qualified productions spending $25,000,000 or less, no more than 2 non-resident actors qualify. For qualified productions spending $25,000,000+, no more than 4 non-resident actors qualify.

Illinois is home to nationally renowned crew and actors, complete industry infrastructure, and our robust and sustainable 30% film tax credit. With experts on locations, housing, and tax incentives, the IFO is here to help make your creative vision a reality.

We are, of course, anchored by one of the most beautiful, sophisticated cities in the world. But our locations go way beyond the scope of Chicago's iconic skyline, world famous architecture, gritty back alleys, and unique, historic neighborhoods. We also boast breathtaking natural vistas, mid-size industrial centers, picturesque farmland, and small towns seemingly frozen in time. We have rivers, prairies, forest preserves and 58 miles of pristine Lake Michigan beaches.

Learn what some of the most talented producers, directors, writers, and actors all know: we are a world class destination for film, television, and commercial advertising other words, Illinois is the perfect place for your next project.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Peter Hawley
Illinois Film Office