List of fiction set in Chicago

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This is a list of fiction set in or near the city of Chicago.

1933 postcard showing the corner of State and Madison in downtown Chicago


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
  • The Coast of Chicago: Stories by Stuart Dybek, 2004
  • Chicago Style Novella by R. Felini 2013

Plays and musicals[edit]



























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 based on Northbrook, Illinois.

In The Matrix (1999), the subway sets were based on the CTA. One of the trains is clearly a Brown Line train, which in reality, barring construction, never goes underground.

Chicago destroyed or damaged in film[edit]

  • In Old Chicago (1938) - 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 and 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 was rebuilt five years later, where it was used for KSI first (#1 in U.S.)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) - Part of Chicago is destroyed, but a small battle occurs between the autobots and the TRF.
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) - Chicago as Gotham Hostes the Worlds Fair, But was caught on fire by a fight between Batman, Catwoman , and Jack The Ripper (James Gordan).
  • Rampage (2018) - Chicago gets destroyed by George(The Gorilla), Ralph (The Wolf), and Lizzie (The Crocodile).
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - Chicago is attacked by Thanos, while Nick Fury and Maria Hill Disintegrate contacting Captain Marvel in the post credit scene.

TV shows[edit]

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

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.

Anime Shows[edit]

Comics, Marvel Universe[edit]

DC Universe[edit]

Marvel Characters.[edit]

DC Characters.[edit]


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