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Chicago franchise
From left to right: The casts of Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire and Chicago Med
Created by Derek Haas
Michael Brandt
Dick Wolf
Original work Chicago Fire
Films and television
Television series Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.
Chicago Med
Chicago Justice
Related TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

The Chicago franchise is a media franchise of American television programs created by Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Dick Wolf, and currently broadcast on NBC, all of which deal with different public services in Chicago, Illinois.

As of May 15, 2018, 316 episodes of the Chicago franchise have aired.


The Chicago franchise focuses on the professional and private lives of the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, and legal professionals who serve the city of Chicago. A recurring and unifying theme of the four shows is Molly's,[1] a small bar owned by three firefighters which has been frequented by characters from all four shows. Dick Wolf has stated that most episodes in the franchise will end with a scene at Molly's, saying that "it's a great note on the end of every show that connects all the shows".[2]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Chicago Fire follows the firefighters, paramedics, and rescue squad members of Chicago Fire Department Firehouse 51.

Chicago P.D.[edit]

Chicago P.D. follows the uniformed patrol officers and detectives of the Chicago Police Department's 21st District. The Chicago Fire episode "Let Her Go" serves as the backdoor pilot.

Chicago Med[edit]

Chicago Med follows the doctors and nurses of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. The Chicago Fire episode "I Am the Apocalypse" serves as the backdoor pilot.

Chicago Justice[edit]

Chicago Justice follows the prosecutors and investigators at the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office. The Chicago P.D. episode "Justice" serves as the backdoor pilot. The series was canceled after one season.


Series Years Television seasons
2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Chicago Fire 2012–present 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Chicago P.D. 2014–present Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 6
Chicago Med 2015–present Pilot 1 2 3 4
Chicago Justice 2017 Pilot 1

Main cast[edit]

Series Character Appearances Actor Duration
Franchise Universe
Fire P.D. Med Justice SVU
Chicago Fire Matthew Casey Main Guest Jesse Spencer 2012–
Kelly Severide Main Guest Taylor Kinney 2012–
Gabriela Dawson Main Recurring Guest Monica Raymund 2012–18
Brian "Otis" Zvonecek Main Recurring Yuri Sardarov 2012–
Wallace Boden Main Recurring Guest Eamonn Walker 2012–
Randall "Mouch" McHolland Main Recurring Guest Christian Stolte 2012–
Joe Cruz Main Recurring Guest Joe Minoso 2012–
Christopher Herrmann Main Recurring Guest David Eigenberg 2012–
Peter Mills Main Guest Charlie Barnett 2012–15
Leslie Shay Main Guest Lauren German 2012–15
Sylvie Brett Main Recurring Guest Kara Killmer 2014–
Jessica "Chili" Chilton Main Guest Dora Madison 2015–16
Jimmy Borelli Main Guest Steven R. McQueen 2015–16
Stella Kidd Main Miranda Rae Mayo 2016–
Hallie Thomas Main Teri Reeves 2012–13
Chicago P.D. Henry "Hank" Voight Recurring Main Guest Recurring Jason Beghe 2012–
Antonio Dawson Recurring Main[a] Main[a] Guest Jon Seda 2012–
Erin Lindsay Recurring Main Guest Recurring Sophia Bush 2013–17
Jay Halstead Recurring Main Recurring Guest Jesse Lee Soffer 2013–
Adam Ruzek Recurring Main Patrick Flueger 2014–
Kim Burgess Recurring Main Guest Marina Squerciati 2014–
Alvin Olinsky Guest Main Guest Elias Koteas 2014–18
Kevin Atwater Recurring Main Guest LaRoyce Hawkins 2013–
Trudy Platt Recurring Main Guest Amy Morton 2014–
Hailey Upton Guest Main Tracy Spiridakos 2017–
Sean Roman Recurring Main Guest Guest Brian Geraghty 2014–16
Sheldon Jin Main Archie Kao 2014
Chicago Med Will Halstead Recurring Main Nick Gehlfuss 2015–
April Sexton Recurring Guest Main Yaya DaCosta 2015–
Natalie Manning Guest Main Torrey DeVitto 2015–
Sarah Reese Guest Main Rachel DiPillo 2015–
Connor Rhodes Guest Main Colin Donnell 2015–
Ethan Choi Recurring Main Brian Tee 2015–
Sharon Goodwin Guest Main S. Epatha Merkerson 2015–
Daniel Charles Guest Recurring Main Guest Oliver Platt 2015–
Maggie Lockwood Guest Main Marlyne Barrett 2015–
Ava Bekker Main Norma Kuhling 2017–
Chicago Justice Peter Stone Guest Main Philip Winchester 2016–
Antonio Dawson Recurring Main[a] Main[a] Guest Jon Seda 2012–
Laura Nagel Guest Main Joelle Carter 2016–17
Anna Valdez Guest Main Monica Barbaro 2016–
Mark Jefferies Guest Main Carl Weathers 2016–17
  1. ^ a b c d Jon Seda left Chicago P.D. during its fourth season for Chicago Justice and returned to the former for its fifth season after the latter's cancellation.


The following table displays all the crossover storylines involving the Chicago series.

Crossover Between Episode Title Actors Appearing Outside Their Series Date Broadcast Description Type
Series A Series B Series C
Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. N/A "Let Her Go"
(Chicago Fire S01E23)
Appearing in Series A: Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, LaRoyce Hawkins May 15, 2013 Events force Lieutenant Casey to team up with the Intelligence Unit, now run by Voight, who doesn't appear to have changed his crooked ways after his stint in prison. Backdoor Pilot
Law & Order: SVU Chicago P.D. N/A "Comic Perversion"
(Law & Order: SVU S15E15)
(Chicago PD S01E06)
Appearing in Series A: Sophia Bush
Appearing in Series B: Ice T, Kelli Giddish, David Eigenberg
February 26, 2014 Chicago detective Erin Lindsay asks the NYPD for help in solving a series of rapes and murders, so Tutuola and Rollins head to Chicago to help Voight and Antonio catch the culprit. Two-Part Crossover
Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. N/A "A Dark Day"
(Chicago Fire S02E20)
"8:30 PM"
(Chicago PD S01E12)
Appearing in Series A: Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins
Appearing in Series B: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Lauren German, Charlie Barnett, Joe Minoso
April 29, 2014
April 30, 2014
A major explosion takes place at Chicago Med where Casey and Dawson are volunteering at a charity run, so Firehouse 51 and Intelligence work together to track down the culprits. Two-Part Crossover
Chicago Fire Law & Order: SVU Chicago P.D. "Nobody Touches Anything"
(Chicago Fire S03E07)
"Chicago Crossover"
(Law & Order: SVU S16E07)
"They'll Have to Go Through Me"
(Chicago PD S02E07)
Appearing in Series A: Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Kelli Giddish
Appearing in Series B: Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer
Appearing in Series C: Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Mariska Hargitay
November 11, 2014
November 12, 2014
When Firehouse 51 rescues the owner of a house on fire, they find him clutching a suspicious box, so the Chicago Intelligence Unit is brought in for further investigation, leading them to work with Special Victims Unit to take down a child pornography ring. Three-Part Crossover
Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. N/A "Three Bells"
(Chicago Fire S03E13)
"A Little Devil Complex"
(Chicago P.D. S02E13)
Appearing in Series A: Marina Squerciati, Brian Geraghty, Jon Seda
Appearing in Series B: Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett, Eamonn Walker
February 3, 2015
February 4, 2015
When more clues about Shay's death are found, Firehouse 51 works with Intelligence to apprehend the arsonist suspected of killing her. Two-Part Crossover
Chicago Fire Chicago Med N/A "I Am The Apocalypse "
(Chicago Fire S03E19)
Appearing in Series A: Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick Flueger April 7, 2015 The team transports victims of a chemical leak to Chicago Med, where the bad situation turns even worse due to a grenade-carrying madman who claims to have a deadly airborne disease. After the explosion everybody starts to panic and begin to flee with the doctors telling everyone to stay put and puts Chicago Med on lock down Backdoor Pilot
Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. Law & Order: SVU "We Called Her Jellybean"
(Chicago Fire S03E21)
"The Number of Rats"
(Chicago PD S02E20)
"Daydream Believer"
(Law & Order: SVU S16E20)
Appearing in Series A: Mariska Hargitay, Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Tamara Tunie
Appearing in Series B: Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker
Appearing in Series C: Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Marina Squerciati, Brian Geraghty, Stella Maeve
April 28, 2015
April 29, 2015
An apartment fire connected to a case of attempted rape and murder in Chicago resembles an unsolved case in New York, so Special Victims Unit and Intelligence work together to find the suspect. Three-Part Crossover
Chicago Fire Chicago Med Chicago P.D. "The Beating Heart"
(Chicago Fire S04E10)
(Chicago Med S01E05)
"Now I'm God"
(Chicago P.D. S03E10)
Appearing in Series A: Brian Tee, Nick Gehlfuss, Amy Morton, Patrick Flueger, Marina Squerciati, Colin Donnell, Yaya DaCosta
Appearing in Series B: Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, Kara Killmer, Dora Madison, David Eigenberg, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte, Jesse Lee Soffer, Sophia Bush
Appearing in Series C: Torrey DeVitto, Oliver Platt
January 5, 2016
January 6, 2016
Christopher Herrmann is treated for stab wounds at Chicago Med, while a comatose woman rescued from a fire is discovered to be one of four patients given unnecessary chemotherapy by a doctor who may have killed Voight's wife. Three-Part Crossover
Law & Order: SVU Chicago P.D. N/A "Nationwide Manhunt"
(Law & Order: SVU S17E14)
"The Song of Gregory William Yates"
(Chicago PD S03E14)
Appearing in Series A: Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Jon Seda
Appearing in Series B: Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Eamonn Walker, Brian Tee
February 10, 2016 Chicago detectives Lindsay and Dawson come to New York to assist in the hunt for two escaped murderers, one of whom is Greg Yates, who returns to Chicago and commits a triple homicide, so SVU detectives Benson and Tutuola come to Chicago to join in the investigation. Two-Part Crossover
Chicago P.D. Chicago Justice N/A "Justice"
(Chicago PD S03E21)
Appearing in Series A: Philip Winchester, Joelle Carter, Carl Weathers, Taylor Kinney, Joe Minoso, Steven R. McQueen, Kara Killmer, Colin Donnell, Brian Tee, Marlyne Barrett May 11, 2016 Assistant States Attorney Peter Stone has been assigned to help defend Burgess and conduct his own investigation of her shooting of an unarmed African American teenager who is accused of shooting her partner. Backdoor Pilot
Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. N/A "Some Make It, Some Don't"
(Chicago Fire S05E09)
"Don't Bury This Case"
(Chicago P.D. S04E09)
Appearing in Series A: Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Amy Morton, Marlyne Barrett
Appearing in Series B: Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Christian Stolte
January 3, 2017 Severide finds himself slipping back into old habits as he continues to help Anna with a bone marrow procedure. He's brought into the District when his car is found to have caused a deadly crash and during the investigation, the Chicago police track down a group of carjackers who may be the key to proving Severide's innocence. Two-Part Crossover
Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. Chicago Justice "Deathtrap"
(Chicago Fire S05E15)
"Emotional Proximity"
(Chicago P.D. S04E16)
(Chicago Justice S01E01)
Appearing in Series A: S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Marlyne Barrett, Yaya DaCosta, Brian Tee, Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DeVitto, Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Marina Squerciati, Elias Koteas, Carl Weathers
Appearing in Series B: Philip Winchester, Jon Seda, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DeVitto, Kara Killmer, Brian Tee
Appearing in Series C: Elias Koteas, Jason Beghe, Taylor Kinney
March 1, 2017 A warehouse fire leaves Olinsky's daughter and 38 others dead. Chicago P.D.'s Intelligence Unit does all it can to track down the arsonist behind this tragedy. In Justice, the prime suspect's attorney does everything he can to get him acquitted, while ASA Peter Stone works really hard to find the way to get justice for the victims of the attack. Three-Part Crossover
Chicago P.D. Chicago Fire N/A "Profiles"
(Chicago P.D. S05E16)
"Hiding Not Seeking"
(Chicago Fire S06E13)
Appearing in Series A: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, Kara Killmer, David Eigenberg, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte, Eamonn Walker
Appearing in Series B: Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Amy Morton, Patrick John Flueger, Jesse Lee Soffer, Tracy Spiridakos, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins
March 7, 2018
March 8, 2018
Intelligence and Firehouse 51 pursue a serial bomber targeting the media. Two-Part Crossover

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