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List of Television Shows Set in Chicago

This is a list of fiction set in or near the city of Chicago.

1933 postcard showing the corner of State and Madison in downtown Chicago


Short stories

  • "Deadly City," March, 1953 issue of If magazine under the pseudonym Ivar Jorgensen (later made into the motion picture Target Earth; the story was about an alien invasion and evacuation of Chicago)
  • Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, Jacob S Knabb and Rob Funderburk, 2012
  • The Coast of Chicago: Stories by Stuart Dybek, 2004
  • Chicago Style Novella by R. Felini 2013

Plays and musicals

Films and Video Games and Anime






















































Although not set in the city's limits, the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink (1986) (#1 film in U.S.), and Weird Science take place in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois, which is based on Northbrook, Illinois.

In The Matrix (1999), the subway sets were based on the CTA. One of the trains is clearly a Brown Line train, which in reality, barring construction, never goes underground.

A Tale of Two City's.

A lot of people have a tendency to question about why do cities tend to get into such rivalries all the time and not alot of people can change that at all.

Chicago destroyed, damaged in film, TV Show

  • In Old Chicago (1938) - destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire
  • Independence Day (1996) - mentioned
  • Chain Reaction (1996) - parts of the city destroyed by an explosion caused by a hydrogen reactor
  • The Incredibles (2004) - Chicago is attacked by The Incredibles, Omnidroid, and Syndrome.
  • Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004) - destroyed by a series of tornadoes and a category 6 hurricane over the Great Lakes
  • Batman Begins (2005) - Chicago as Gotham is Damaged by Scarecrows's fear gas as in result in the ensuing Final Battle between Batman, Scarecrow, and Ra's Al Gul.
  • Gears of War (2006) - Chicago is Raided by Aliens.
  • The Dark Knight (film) (2008) - Chicago Returns as Gotham and parts of the city are Destroyed by the Joker eventually, Two-Face and the Joker Team up to destroy the city, with luck Batman arrives to defend it from the pair.
  • Gears of War 2 (2008) - Chicago once again fights Alien Invaders.
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010) - Chicago a city on the planet cybertron is caught in a civil war by robots.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) - seriously damaged by the Decepticons' assault on the city as well as the final battle between the Autobots and Decepticons with Optimus Prime, Sentinel Prime, and Megatron.(#1 film in U.S.)
  • Killzone 3 (2011) - Chicago is attacked by helgast.
  • Gears of War 3 (2011) - Chicago is burned by the Locust aliens.
  • I Am Alive (2011) - Chicago Struck by the Madrid Faultline.
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012) - Chicago inside Cybertron is Destroyed.
  • Halo 4 (2012) - Chicago is attacked by the covenant army.
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Divergent (2014) - a worn and broken Chicago breaks away front the rest of the U.S.A. creating a fence to border from the rest of society.
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (2014) - The city is attacked by Lockdown's forces.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) - the city was rebuilt five years later, where it was used for KSI, later lockdown's ship emerges over the city's airspace, leading to a air battle between the autobots and lockdown forces, during the climax the city was used in the final battle between Cade, Bumblebee, Optimum Prime and Lockdown.(#1 in U.S.)
  • Jupiter Ascending (2015) - Chicago is attack by Balem's aliens causing damage to most the city.
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) - Chicago Struggles Between the Societies of its people, when the evil Erudite leader Jeanine uses Tris to undergo a series if trials having the city of Chicago going against her as in experiment.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Chicago as Gotham is attacked by Doomsday.
  • Suicide Squad (film) (2016) - Chicago as Gotham is Damaged By Enchantress.
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) - After the Previous installment Tris, Four, and group of survivors escape Chicago, later tris and the group realize that Chicago itself has a become experiment to the Allegiants and David, as in result a Memory Gas attacks the city causing Chicago to tare itself apart, tris is able to destroy the Isolation Valve controlling the gas and having to save Chicago.
  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017) - Chicago as Gotham is attack by the Joker and his evil army, a final battle ensues's through the city, making the bombs go off causing the plates to split the city, later Batman and his army save it with the help of the Joker.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) - Chicago is destroyed, but a small battle occurs between Autobots, TRF, and Decepticons. Later, it was used for the final battle between Autobots, Decepticons and Quintessa.
  • Blame! (2017) - A Futuristic Chicago is completely destroyed, when two cyborg's Killy and Sanaka fight over Humanity's Extinction.
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) - Chicago as Gotham Hostes the Worlds Fair, But was caught on fire by a fight between Batman, Catwoman , and Jack The Ripper (James Gordan).
  • Rampage (2018) - Chicago gets destroyed by George(The Gorilla), Ralph (The Wolf), and Lizzie (The Crocodile).
  • The Incredibles 2 (2018) - Chicago once again returns for the sequel and is attacked by Screenslaver and The Incredibles.
  • How It Ends (2018) - Chicago is Damaged by a EMP.
  • Next Gen (2018) - Chicago in the distant Future gets Damaged by a fight by Mai, 7723, and Justin Pin/Ares.
  • Bumblebee (2018) - Chicago is destroyed by Autobots and Decepticons on the planet Cybertron, while Bumblebee makes his escape towards earth.

Chicago set in Medieval Times, and Description


Medieval times was challenging for the State of Illinois as well its dark secrets, and hidden features. In the setting for the role, Illinois was set mostly for its woods, rivers, cabins, hills, little mountain peaks, and hidden castles. Illinois structure of design for this category is received the same amount of role time as behind of los Angeles and New York.

Chicago set in Animation

Chicago set in the Future

  • Exosquad (1995) - Chicago renamed Phaeton City is attacked by the Exosquad and Neosapians.
  • Perfect Dark (2000) - Chicago in 2023 is Raided by Terrorists.
  • Treasure Planet (2002) - Treasure Planet is Destroyed, while Jim, The Hawkins Family, and The Pirates try to get to the portal that leads to the future city of Chicago.
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (2003) - Chicago in the alternate 1930's future is set as the lost city.
  • I, Robot (2004) - Chicago in 2035 is caught in a war between robots and human's survival.
  • Halo 2 (2004) - Chicago serves as abandoned Factory.
  • Killzone (2004) - In a War were humankind is on the brink, Humans stand at a wasted leveled city to prepare for war.
  • Gears of War (2006) - Chicago in the distant future battles for human survival.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) - Illinois serves for a factory in Star Wars.
  • Gears of War 2 (2008) - Chicago struggles to battle against the invaders.
  • Killzone 2 (2009) - In the sequel, Chicago in the war for humankind.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) - In 2014, Chicago as Gotham fights off The Joker.
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010) - Chicago serves as Cybertron homeward to the Transformers.
  • Tron: Evolution (2010) - Chicago is the setting for the game grid, eventually System Monitor, Anon and Quorra try to save the system When Clu and Abraxas Virus team up to destroy it or to make it better.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (2010) - Chicago set for the capital city of Kamino.
  • Killzone 3 (2011) - The capital of Vekta (Chicago) is wasteland to battle the Helghast.
  • Gears of War 3 (2011) - Chicago is burned to the ground by aliens.
  • Hunted: The Demon's Forge (2011) - Chicago in the alternate world of monsters investigates demons across the land.
  • Batman: Arkham City (2011) - In the near future of Chicago as Gotham, Batman struggles to fight crime.
  • Halo 4 (2012) - Chicago is attacked by Didac's Ship, eventually Master Chief and Cortanna try to stop him.
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012) - Chicago serves for as the planet of a dying Cybertron.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012) - In 2025, Chicago is a Campaign, and Multiplayer Map of Colossus.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) - Chicago returns for Gotham in a younger version of Batman.
  • Call of Duty Ghosts (2013) - Chicago gets attacked by the Federation and Ghosts.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013) - In Campaign, Chicago as Gotham tries to take on Superman's Regime.
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) - Chicago in the year 2370 is caught and divided by a war between the Vekta and the Helgast, when Lucas Mckellen and Echo tries to prevent the Fallout.
  • Watch Dogs (2014) - Chicago in the year 2012, Aiden Pearce and Clara try using the city against CTOS Network and Aiden's old partner Damien Branks, Later other gangs like the fixers try to use CTOS to cripple the city.
  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (2014) - In the Campaign, Chicago in 2054 gets attacked by the KVA, Atlas, and Zombies.
  • Dying Light (2015) - In 2024 Chicago as the fictional city of Harran is attacked by a virus, zombies, and terrorists.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015) - In 2065, Chicago is caught in a third cold war, in result becomes tangled between the Winslow Accord, The NRC, The 54 immortals, and The CDP. In Campaign, Chicago stood for as for training, hospital and the final battle additional to as the frozen forest.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) - New York and Chicago, are attacked by Arkham Knight's and Scarecrow's forces
  • Halo 5: Guardians (2015) - Chicago in the distant future is attacked by A.I constructs by a reborn Cortanna.
  • Gears of War 4 (2016) - Chicago in the future is attacked by aliens and Windflares.
  • Titanfall 2 (2016) - Chicago is attacked by robots and terrorists.
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) - In 2080, Chicago is attacked by The Settlement Defense Front
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017) - Chicago set in the distant future battles Aliens from other worlds.
  • Injustice 2 (2017) - Chicago as Gotham battle the regimes.
  • Blame! (2017) - Chicago in the Apocalyptic distance Future of the 29 century, Killy Cibo, Zuru, and the rest of mankind fight for survival as the Safeguard lead by representative cyborg Sanakan try to destroy them.
  • Next Gen (2018) - Chicago in the distant Future, Mai finds a secret lab and awakens a powerful robot named 7723. The two form a unlikely bond in World full of robots when a Dark threat awaits to destroy the city.
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas (2018) - Star Fox and his team race to Earth in Chicago to face off of Aliens.
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 4 (2018) - In 2043, Ruin a Specialist goes to Chicago, but is attacked by Savannah Mason's Mercenaries. While he, battery and many other specialists turn to fight against the enemy.
  • My Eyes On You (2019) - In My Eyes On You, In a Neon Noir Chicago, FBI Analyst Jordan Adalien investigates the serial killer named Carnival Man and into facing his demons.
  • Gears of War 5 (2019) - Chicago returns in search for aliens.
  • Biomutant (2019) - In a fictional Chicago, a biomutant seeks a journey monsters loom in darkness.
  • Code Vein (2019) - In a Apocalyptic Chicago, Beings and Vampires fight for survival.
  • Death Stranding (2020) - Chicago in the distant future is attacked and nuked while Sam investigates and survive.
  • Halo Infinite (2020) - Chicago returns for sequel, for Master Chef to search for Cortanna.

TV shows

Many considered Hill Street Blues, which never made explicit what city it was in, to be set in Chicago.

Reality TV

Video games

This is a list of video games in which a major part of the action takes place in Chicago, Illinois. This list does not count sports games or flight simulators, save for Pilotwings 64 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Cartoon Shows

Anime Shows and its Description

  • Candy Candy (1977) - Chicago serves as the city with Midwestern culture for Candy and Terry.
  • Riding Bean (1989) - Chicago cops Bean Bandit and Rally Vincent track down a mysterious robber named Semmerling who plans to leave the city with framing the heroes.
  • Gunsmith Cats (1995) - Chicago is back at crime when a mafia and terrorist plan to damage the city.
  • Code Geass (2006) - Chicago serves as the Holy Britannia Empire as a Civil War erupts damaging both parties lelouch and the black knights, and Suzaku of Britannia causing big damage to the city.
  • Psychic Detective Yakumo (2010) - In the city of Chicago, Dectective Yakumo searches for clues regarding to peoples way on demons
  • Terra Formars (2014) - Chicago is attacked by roaches.
  • Young Black Jack (2015) - A Surgeon in Chicago tries to save as many people as possible.
  • 91 Days (2016) - the city of Chicago is caught in a war of gang members.
  • Sengoku Night Blood (2017) - A fictional Chicago is ruled by greatly under werewolves and vampire clans.
  • Kado: The Right Answer (2017) - In a near future Chicago an alien human being questions mankind existence
  • Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation (2017) - In Chicago, Sakurako searches for an unknown killer with bones.
  • Blame! (2017) - In a futuristic Destroyed Chicago, two cyborg's Killy and Sanakan fight over Humanities Extinction.
  • Sword Gai (2018) - Chicago once again fights off powerful demons.

Comics, Marvel Universe

DC Universe

Marvel Characters

DC Characters


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