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Where can I obtain a filming permit?

The Illinois Film Office does not provide filming permits.  Permits are authorized by the respective municipality where the filming will take place.  To apply for a permit in the City of Chicago contact the Chicago Film Office.  If you are seeking a permit for filming outside the City of Chicago, the Illinois Film Office (phone 312-814-3600 or can provide you with the necessary contact information.

How can I reach the Chicago Film Office?

The Chicago Film Office is located at:

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Room 108
Chicago, IL 60602​
website: click here
phone: 312-744-6415

​How can I become an extra?

We post casting notices for extras on the Illinois Film Office Facebook page.  Please check the page frequently for current projects.  You can also contact the Extras Casting Directors listed in our Production Guide.

Are there any tax exemptions available when filming in Illinois?

Occupancy in the same hotel for 30 consecutive days qualifies you for exemption from the 11.9% Illinois Hotel Occupancy Tax.  After 30 days, all taxes are waived and the occupant is credited for the first month's tax.