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In an instance of life imitating art, and a bit of art imitating life, the cast and crew of “Chicago Fire” got a bit more than what was on the screen while recently filming in the Windy City. 

During filming of the hit crime show, the production needed to halt as both a fire and shootout took place adjacent to the set. 

‘Chicago Fire’ Meets Chicago Crime

The incident occurred while the NBC series shot a scene at a funeral home.

Via Fox:

“Authorities responded to the scene shortly after 1:45 p.m. when an “unknown offender, armed with a handgun shot at a group of people standing in the 5900 block of W. Madison Street” near the Oak Park area of the city.”

Thankfully no one was hurt before the assailant fled in a dark SUV*.

And to make the scene even more surreal, an actual fire broke out around the same time. Needless to say, this caused a bit of chaos. The director of Funeral Home commented:

“First, a fire broke out in the adjacent block down on 1500 West Madison. Then, the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) responded to that, and while Chicago Fire Department responded, ‘Chicago Fire’ television stars and crew were just one block away so people saw the actors and wanted to know why they weren’t responding to the real fire.”

Unfortunately, crime tends to happen often near on-location shoots in the liberal-run city of Chicago.

This isn’t the Dick Wolf show’s first brush with the law, either.

“Last month, Chicago PD reportedly ordered two commanders to divert officers to production sets after authorities responded to an incident where a suspect “lit and threw an unidentified object” near a film set at the University of Illinois.”

Is Crime In Chicago That Bad?

Chicago, despite its reputation, is not the most dangerous city in America, though it does have very high crime. 

According to the latest stats (violent crime per 100,000), the Windy City is: 

  • 8th in robbery
  • 14th in murder 
  • 17th in violent crime overall 
  • 44th in crime overall 

However, Chicago’s problems are not city-wide and are primarily concentrated in the city’s Southside, and when you compare the safest to the most dangerous neighborhoods in the Illinois city, the differences are striking. The 90.5 homicide rate towers over St. Louis’s rate of 66. 

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*I wanted to write “SVU” here as a fun Freudian slip, but my editor probably would delete it. Dick Wolf produces both shows.

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