List of fiction set in Chicago

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This is a list of fiction set in Chicago.

Notable novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "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 of Chicago and the evacuation of the city.)
  • Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, Jacob S Knabb and Rob Funderburk, 2012

Musicals and plays[edit]


Chicago destroyed on film[edit]

  • In Old Chicago (1937) (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
  • Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004) Destroyed by a series of tornadoes as well as a category 6 hurricane over the Great Lakes
  • 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 (#1 film in U.S.)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) The city will be attacked by the Decepticons again, and possible damage by Grimlock and the Dinobots because of their size in the film. Chicago's McCormick Place was used as part of a Chinese city which is attacked by either the Decepticons or Dinobots (#1 in U.S.)

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 loosely based on Northbrook, Illinois. In the #1 box office film The Matrix (1999), the subway sets were based on the CTA. One of the trains is clearly a Brown Line train, which in reality never goes underground.

TV shows[edit]

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

Chicago was the site of a nuclear detonation in the post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, as well as subsequent food riots in nearby refugee camps.

Reality TV[edit]

Video games[edit]

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.

Others (Comics, Manga, Cartoons)[edit]


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