Film production studio eyed for Northwest Side

The Fields buildings can be seen, Feb. 4, 2021, in Chicago. There are plans in the works to bring a film production campus to The Fields, a mixed-use redevelopment of former Marshall Field's warehouses at 4000 W. Diversey Ave. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)





The owner of a sprawling former Marshall Field’s warehouse complex wants to bring a touch of Hollywood to the Northwest Side.

Knickpoint Ventures, which acquired the 22-acre property at 4000 W. Diversey Ave. in 2018,is in preliminary discussions with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administrationto create a film production campus that would create hundreds of jobs.

The film operation at The Fields would be a smaller version of the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios campus on the West Side, where TV shows and movies are filmed and produced. If the project moves forward, it could help the city expand film industry jobs at a time when the city faces a long economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.



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