Saturday, August 1, 2015

Chicago Area TV/Movie Film Locations - 1 August 2015.

If you've seen my blog posts in the past, you've probably noticed I like to visit filming locations for my favorite TV shows and movies. I visited several Dexter locations in Long Beach, California, many Breaking Bad locations in and around Albuquerque and several Walking Dead locations in and around Atlanta.  This week, I was passing through Chicago on the way home from a Dave Matthews Band show and stopped in Chicago to visit filming locations for a few of my favorite TV shows and movies: Championship Vinyl from High Fidelity, the Bundy household from Married With Children and the Gallagher house from Shameless.

Championship Vinyl, High Fidelity.
Actual Location:  Now a retail store in Chicago.
Physical Address: 1500 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The building looks a little more cleaned up, but easy to tell what it is.
Buddy Household, Married With Children.
Actual Location:  A quiet neighborhood in Deerfield.
Physical Address: 641 Castlewood Ln, Deerfield, IL 60015

The house has changed a bit over the years, but it still looks very much like the Bundy household.
Gallagher House, Shameless.
Actual Location:  Neighborhood in South Side Chicago.
Physical Address: 2119 S Homan Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

This one is easy to spot and very easily recognizable.

Prison Break Filming Locations - 1 August 2015.

Prison Break is one of my favorite shows, firmly seated in my Top 10 list of all time favorite TV shows. If you've seen my blog posts in the past, you've probably noticed I like to visit filming locations for my favorite TV shows. I visited several Dexter locations in Long Beach, California, many Breaking Bad locations in and around Albuquerque and several Walking Dead locations in and around Atlanta.  But there's two locations I've been wanting to visit for many years - the filming locations for Fox River Penitentiary (Prison Break, Season 1) and the Penitenciaría Federal de Sona (Prison Break, Season 3). In the show, Fox River was in Joliet, Illinois, which is where the filming location actually is. For Sona, the show said it was in Panama, but it was interesting to discover that it's actually in Fort Worth, Texas! This week, I was passing through Chicago on the way home from a Dave Matthews Band show and stopped in Joliet to visit Fox River. And yesterday, I was in Dallas picking my daughter up and cruised through Fort Worth to check out the location for Sona.

Fox River Penitentiary, Prison Break Season 1.
Actual Location: The former Joliet Correctional Center, now closed.
Physical Address: 1127-1299 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432.

This is the outside wall seen in the opening.
Fox River Penitentiary, Prison Break Season 1.
Actual Location: The former Joliet Correctional Center, now closed.
Physical Address: 1127-1299 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432

This is one of the guard towers.
Fox River Penitentiary, Prison Break Season 1.
Actual Location: The former Joliet Correctional Center, now closed.
Physical Address: 1127-1299 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432

This is the main building, seen in a few shots throughout season 1.
Penitenciaría Federal de Sona, Prison Break Season 3.
Actual Location: The former Swift-Armor Meat Packing Plant in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Physical Address: 600 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

These guard towers were built for the show and still remain on the property.
Penitenciaría Federal de Sona, Prison Break Season 3.
Actual Location: The former Swift-Armor Meat Packing Plant in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Physical Address: 600 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

These guard towers were built for the show and still remain on the property.
Penitenciaría Federal de Sona, Prison Break Season 3.
Actual Location: The former Swift-Armor Meat Packing Plant in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Physical Address: 600 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

There are fences all around the property but you can get a good look at it from the road.