Chicago Story

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Chicago Story
Chicago Story 1982.jpg
Opening title
Genre Drama
Created by Eric Bercovici
Written by David Assael
Eric Bercovici
Dennis Capps
Rob Gilmer
Lee H. Katzin
David Michael Jacobs
Arthur E. Kean
Michael O'Hara
Robert Schlitt
Directed by Corey Allen
Michael Caffey
Lee H. Katzin
Arthur E. Kean
Bruce Kessler
Harvey S. Laidman
Christian I. Nyby II
David Paulsen
Bob Thompson
Jerry Thorpe
Starring Maud Adams
Vincent Baggetta
Dennis Franz
John Mahoney
Craig T. Nelson
Daniel Hugh Kelly
Composer(s) John Beal
James Di Pasquale
Dick Halligan
Stu Phillips
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Executive producer(s) Eric Bercovici
Producer(s) John Cutts
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Eric Bercovici Productions
MGM Television
Original channel NBC
Original run March 1 – June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11)

Chicago Story is an NBC drama that aired in the spring of 1982.


The series followed the work and lives of several Chicago lawyers, police officers, and doctors. The series was similar to Hill Street Blues in that it was less about action scenes and more about the stresses of working in law enforcement and medicine. The show did not catch on with viewers and lasted only thirteen episodes.

The cast included Maud Adams and Kristoffer Tabori as Dr. Judith Bergstrom and Dr. Max Carson, doctors at Cook County Hospital; Craig T. Nelson, Vincent Baggetta and Molly Cheek as attorneys Ken Dutton, Lou Pellegrino and Megan Powers. Dutton was a prosecutor and Pellegrino was a defense attorney; Powers was a lawyer both men were interested in; and Dennis Franz, Richard Lawson and Daniel Hugh Kelly appeared as police officers Joe Gilland, O.Z. Tate and Frank Wajorski, respectively. Gilland was a beat cop, while Tate and Wajorski were detectives.

Intermixed within, especially during the opening title sequence, was plenty of Chicago scenery, including the John Hancock Center; Merchandise Mart; Michigan Avenue; Wrigley Building; Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower); Aon Center; (back when it was known as the Standard Oil Building), the Chicago Theater and its famous marquee; Lake Shore Drive; The former headquarters of The Chicago Sun-Times; the Chicago Water Tower; Marina City; the Chicago 'L' and various other sights. One of the settings was the former Cook County Hospital.

Chicago Story was notable for attempting to air an hour and a half per episode. The show was pared down to an hour per episode late in its run, including broadcasting edited versions of episodes that had already aired.

Two of the stars found fame in better roles later on, Dennis Franz played Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue; Craig T. Nelson went on to star in the comedy series Coach in the title role of Hayden Fox.

Episodes were rebroadcast on TNT Network in 1994.



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