A reader posted this photo to UU's Facebook page Tuesday night about a commercial filming in the Clarendon Park area near Hazel and Montrose on Wednesday, and also somehow involving the marquee at the Aragon Theater.
He said, "Came home today to find this taped to my building's front door. The letter is dated January 30th, but this is the first I'm hearing about these closures. I don't own a car anymore but I feel like this BoomThrift operation did a lousy job of notifying residents. P.S. Food Town will also be closed tomorrow due to the filming." [UU Note: Another reader had mentioned seeing no-parking notices a couple days ago, and had asked if anyone knew what they were for.]
The notice is a little hard to read, so here's a transcript, as far as we could make it out:
"January 30, 2014
Dear Residents and Businesses,
BoomThrift, LTD. will be in your neighborhood on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. We are preparing the area for our upcoming commercial with the full cooperation of the Mayor's Office, The Illinois Film Office, The Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department.
The City has issued street parking permits for our production vehicles. For this reason, there will be NO PARKING on the following streets:
February 4, 2015, 4:00 AM through February 4, 2015, 6:00 PM
- Both Sides of Hazel St from Montrose Avenue to Agatite Ave
- North Side of Montrose from Hazel St to Dayton St
In the past Thirty-five years, more than 1300 film and television projects have been made in Illinois creating over 700,000 temporary jobs and leaving in excess of 1.7 billion dollars in our economy. Ultimately it is the cooperation of individuals like you that make Illinois a great place to make movies. We will do our best to reolve any questions or concerns.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The Location Department
Adam Boor - Location Manager, 630.564.9554"
They also did a lousy job of posting street signs. The North side of Montrose (by Reservoir) has signs that are completely inconsistent with this posting and with each other. The East end of the block had one sign saying no parking on 2/4, the middle of the block had signs saying no parking on 2/3 and a few scattered signs said no parking on 2/2. That is what happens when the city hands out blank signs for people to put up themselves. I once watched as a film crew (not this one) walked down the street posting signs retroactive to the morning of the day I parked. As soon as the signs were posted, a tow truck arrived and towed every car off to the lakefront. TheyReplyDelete
tried to ticket and take mine and I have to argue with the cop to stop them.
The film office assured me that this sort of thing would not happen again but it still happens all the time.