‘Transformers 3′ Chicago Production Details Announced

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:06 am,

Transformers 3 Chicago filming Transformers 3 Chicago Production Details Announced

It is no secret that Michael Bay goes big with every production, but his latest venture is borderline crazy. Transformers 3 producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura announced the details of the film’s upcoming production around the Chicago metropolitan area. By closing down major streets for multiple days, the absurdity of this production has reached new heights.

A few weeks ago, Bay was denied access to the streets around The White House to film scenes for Transformers 3. He actually thought he would get the green light to set off controlled explosions around the nation’s capitol. Needless to say, Michael Bay follows the motto that you won’t get what you don’t ask for.

Chicago has been more lenient with the explosive director. Mayor Richard Daley stood next to Bonaventura as he announced the epic street closures for the upcoming filming in July.

Any doubt that Chicago will be featured prominently in Transformers 3 have now been squashed. After The Dark Knight boosted the film industry in Chicago to unprecedented heights, Michael Bay now comes in to make The Dark Knight look like a student film.

“The city announced Thursday street closures in the Loop during three weekends in July. Filming is set to begin July 10, but the first road closures will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 9. The streets will reopen Monday, July 12 at 5 a.m.
LaSalle St. between Jackson and Randolph Washington between Wells and Clark Randolph between Wacker Drive and Wells.
The Michigan Ave. bridge over the Chicago River will be closed 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16 through 5 a.m. July 19.
The final road closure will occur 9 p.m. Sunday, July 18 through 5 a.m. Thursday, July 22 on Wacker Drive between Michigan Ave. and Wabash.”

For those of you who do not know Chicago, these are the busiest locations in the entire city. The bridge at Michigan Ave., seen frequently in The Dark Knight, has hundreds of pedestrians and thousands of cars on it every hour. The production will now close this bridge for 57 straight hours. The same goes for the other street closures.

Transformers 3 filming location Chicago Transformers 3 Chicago Production Details Announced

The filming location as seen in The Dark Knight.

Our Chicago-based writers (SR is like Quantum in Bond: we have people everywhere icon wink Transformers 3 Chicago Production Details Announced ) will do their best to take photos of the production, but with filming happening in such a public forum there should be plenty of photos and set videos to go around. Stay tuned, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest (@screenrant).

What do you think of the optimistic shooting schedule? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: WLS-AM 890

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Actually, Bay WAS granted permission to film in DC. It was just that he was only granted half the shooting days he was asking for, I think.

  2. i love michael bay based purely on his tenacity to shoot where no one else even tries to hahaha bay is such a badass lol

  3. I just hope he makes up for all the things that went wrong in TF2 ROTF!!!

  4. hmmm what do you guys think the story is going to be if hes shooting in DC and chicago

    also does anyone know if it going to actually be considered dc and chicago

    cuz in rotf the chinese factory was shot in la if i remember correctly which i might not be remembering correctly

    • They are filming all over the world and apparently the story will revolve around a space race between Russia and America.

    • yes it is acualy being shot in chicago, i just went there today and saw all the action that was going on…well it wasnt much action just all the cars, two explosions that went off, and 3 cars of the bridge.

  5. hmmm thats weird i thought he said he was going to scale down the production because he felt like he went too big on ROTF…he even says it in the special features disc.

    • That’s quite a relative term when you talk about Transformers 2.

  6. ok what i meant to say is he was planning on scaling down the crazy locations that take super massive amounts of clearance or straight up fanboyism to shoot in.

    aka the mountains of petra,the pyramids of jordan and egypt.
    bay said that in the next film he was going scale down the locations because these locations even though they are amazing to see in the film are also some of the most costly aspects of filming. he said he was going to scale down the locations and focus more on the characters and relationships they have with the humans…bubble bee and sams relationship is supposed to be a large aspect of the third film from what bay had said. but who knows maybe ILM is just able to churn out amazing robots faster now and the actors are getting better at talking to big sticks with heads on the top of them lol

    • There are no pyramids in Jordan.

  7. I watched some late night/early morning filming of TDK,and I loved it.I can’t wait to get down town to see what Bay is going to do.

  8. ” Michael Bay now comes in to make The Dark Knight look like a student film.”

    Dude in what universe will that ever be possible? There’s a more likely probability of the Earth’s gravity failing before Bay can trump Nolan as a filmmaker.. I know what you really meant it was just funny to read that line at first without thinking about it in the context you meant.

    • Well said

  9. @David, “I just hope he makes up for all the things that went wrong in TF2 ROTF!”

    Yeah I’m sure this ones going to be Oscar material. ;-)

  10. I work within those streets being closed… guess I’ll just have to take the month off to be an extra!

  11. how long they gonna be there?

  12. Were in chicago are they filming tf3? I would love to check it out..

  13. I love the movies but this production took a big bite out of a once in a life time vacation to DC. I haven’t been on a real vacation since 1996 and took the time and spent a large amount of money to go to DC to see the sites…which were blocked and corrupted by movie equipment everywhere. I wouldn’t mind if I got to meet the actors or be an extra or even if they gave me a free pass to the movie when it comes out, but none of that happened. All they did was block my photos, blind me with lights that turned night to day and blocked my passage around the city. I love the movies but come on! Couldn’t they have worked after the city shut down? I’m not likely to spend more money on a movie ticket when they ruined a $2500.00 vacation!!!!!!!!!!