List of fiction set in Chicago

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This is a list of fiction set in Chicago.

1933 postcard showing the corner of State St. and Madison St. in downtown 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 and evacuation of Chicago)
  • Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, Jacob S Knabb and Rob Funderburk, 2012

Musicals and plays[edit]


Film poster for Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Chicago destroyed on film[edit]

Although not set in the city's limits, the late 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]

Chicago simulated via the 1994 video game SimCity 2000.

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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