Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Transformers 3 Returning to Chicago This Weekend

Filming has wrapped up at the Milwaukee Art Museum and returns to Chicago starting this Saturday. According to WLS 890AM, filming is moving to the Michigan Avenue Bridge and surrounding area and include the use of helicopters for aerial footage. It also seems that its possible more helo jumps might occur in the area. The image to the left is a street detour map (PDF) the website provided.
Transformers 3 will be filming Friday through Sunday on the Michigan Avenue bridge and an aerial photography unit will also be flying near the Trump Tower at 401 N. Wabash Ave., according to a release from the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Pyrotechnics and special effects will be in use and police and fire officials will be supervising, the release said.

As a result, North Michigan Avenue will be closed from East Onterio Street to East Wacker Drive from 8 p.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Monday and Lower North Michigan Avenue will be closed from Lower East Wacker Drive to East Hubbard Street from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, according to the release.

Stores and buildings will remain open and Michigan Avenue sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians between East Ohio and East Illinois streets, the release said. To cross the Chicago River, pedestrians will need to access the Wabash and Columbus bridges.

Helicopters will be used for aerial photography and stunt parachutists from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Overall it looks like another fun-filled, traffic jam Transformers weekend for Chicago. Thanks to Katie for the link.

4 comments:

  1. you think it will be worth going to the area to check out? i had heard the public were going to be kept further out, but according to the maps it seems people could still get close enough to catch a glimpse....

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  2. Hopefully someone can get some good footage of this. I'm going to be out of town from Friday noon until Sunday night, so i'll just be missing it. I live right there, but don't realy have a view of the filming area.I would recomend that someone get into the Hyatt's west building and go to the end of the hallway. this should get you a pretty clear shot of the action.

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  4. So.. if these spoilers are going to be true:

    http://chud.com/articles/articles/24429/1/TRANSFORMERS-3-HAS-A-COOL-OPENING-AND-WE-KNOW-WHAT-IT-IS/Page1.html

    "

    There's a disturbance on the Moon. A robot shaped disturbance. Scientists on Earth see this and the information gets passed up the chain of command. In the White House men in black suits are breathlessly running through the halls, and they burst into the Oval Office. The president is behind the desk, back turned to the door, looking out the window. One of the men tells the president, 'Sir, something's happened on the Moon!' The president turns around.

    It's John F. Kennedy.

    Yes, the opening scene of Transformers 3 takes place in 1961 or 1962. The gist of the story has to do with the Transformers' involvement in the space race, and this is the reason why JFK was so hot to make sure America was first to the Moon. It sounds like a fun direction; there are a lot of stupid conspiracy theories about Neil Armstrong et al meeting ETs on the Moon, and this is a fun way to play with them. I hear this was Spielberg's idea, and it really does sound like something he'd come up with. If you're like me and you like the Spielberg-influenced Transformers but hate the mostly Spielberg-free Transformers 2, this is all good news."

    Then the Moon is going to be Unicron I guess...

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