Welcome to The Illinois Film Office

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Welcome to The Illinois Film Office

Dear Illinois Film Community,
On June 22nd Governor Pritzker released plans to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Working with public health officials and business representatives, guidelines were developed to keep workers and customers safe as the economy recovers. All four regions of the state entered into Phase 4 on June 26 as the state continues to make significant progress in reducing new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan creates safety guidelines for the following permitted activities and businesses to resume, with capacity rules in place.  For Film Production this will means no more than 50% of sound stage or filming location capacity; crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer.  Complete guidelines can be found here.

A list of Illinois Department of Public Health COVID testing sites can be found here.

Since the stay at home order took effect, the Illinois Film Office has been fully operational, to processing tax credit applications and claims, and preparing location packages for future productions.  If you would like to apply for our program, you may do so accordingly.  Applications will continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis.  If you have submitted or will be submitting a credit claim, claims will also continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis.
Thank you, be safe and stay healthy.
Peter Hawley
Director, Illinois Film Office

Illinois is a world class destination for film, television and advertising production.  Check out our locations, from the beautiful, iconic Chicago skyline and 58 mile lakefront to the gritty back alleys and unique historic neighborhoods.  Illinois boasts breathtaking natural vistas, rivers, prairies, industrial centers, picturesque farmland and small towns seemingly frozen in time.

Illinois is home to a thriving film industry with a nationally renowned crew base, actors, and industry vendors.  Illinois offers a robust and sustainable 30% Film Tax Credit.

Contact us for expert assistance on locations, housing, and tax credit to help make your creative vision a reality.  Visit us on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram for news about, and for the Illinois film community. 


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​Illinois Film Office
100 W. Randolph, 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-3600

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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:30pm