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List of Television Shows Set in Chicago
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
- Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm
- Sherwood Anderson, Windy McPherson's Son
- Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3
- Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
- Saul Bellow, Dangling Man
- Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift
- Saul Bellow, Ravelstein
- Charles Blackstone, The Week You Weren't Here
- Fredric Brown, The Fabulous Clipjoint
- Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files series
- Robert Wright Campbell, Jimmy Flannery mystery series
- Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark
- Peter Cheyney, Dark Hero
- Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street ISBN 0-679-43335-X
- Doug Cummings, Deader by the Lake
- Doug Cummings, Every Secret Crime
- Don de Grazia, "American Skin"
- Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie ISBN 0-451-52760-7 on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
- Theodore Dreiser, The Titan
- Stuart Dybek, The Coast of Chicago ISBN 0-312-42425-6
- James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan trilogy
- Edna Ferber, So Big
- Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End ISBN 978-0-316-01638-4
- John M. Ford, The Last Hot Time ISBN 0-312-87578-9
- Robert Goldsborough, A Death in Pilsen
- Robert Goldsborough, President in Peril ISBN 978-1-59080-616-6
- Robert Goldsborough, Shadow of the Bomb
- Robert Goldsborough, Terror at the Fair ISBN 978-1-59080-672-2
- Robert Goldsborough, Three Strikes You're Dead
- John Grisham, The Litigators (a #1 New York Times Best Seller in 2011)
- Bob Hartley, Following Tommy ISBN 978-0983104186
- Bob Hartley, North and Central ISBN 978-0986092282
- Aleksandar Hemon, Nowhere Man ISBN 0-375-72702-7
- Jerry Ahern, The Survivalist Series - The early books of the series feature Chicago frequently as the Soviets build their HQ in Chicago, with Varakov setting up his HQ in the Museum of Natural History.
- Ward Just, An Unfinished Season
- Harry Stephen Keeler, The Riddle of the Traveling Skull ISBN 1-932416-26-9
- Paul Krueger, Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge ISBN 978-1594747595
- Adam Langer, Crossing California
- Adam Langer, The Washington Story
- Nella Larsen, Passing ISBN 0-14-243727-1
- Nella Larsen, Quicksand ISBN 0-14-118127-3
- Jennette Lee, Mr. Achilles
- John Malcolm, Mortal Ruin ISBN 0-684-18958-5
- Graham Masterton, Headlines
- Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge ISBN 1-4000-3420-5
- Mord McGhee, Murder Red Ink
- Joe Meno, Hairstyles of the Damned
- Chloe Neill, Chicagoland Vampires
- Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife ISBN 0-15-602943-X
- Frank Norris, The Pit: A Chicago Story
- Bayo Ojikutu, 47th Street Black, ISBN 0-7394-3326-1
- Achy Obejas, Memory Mambo
- Sara Paretsky, thrillers featuring private eye V.I. Warshawski
- Richard Peck, Fair Weather
- Joseph G. Peterson, Beautiful Piece
- Daniel Pinkwater, The Education of Robert Nifkin Snarkout Boys and The Avocado of Death, Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror. Recognizably Chicago, even if never explicitly stated.
- Leonard Pitts, Jr., Grant Park
- Philip Roth, Letting Go
- Veronica Roth, Divergent - #1 on the Children's Paperback list in 2012
- Veronica Roth, Insurgent
- Veronica Roth, Allegiant
- Adam Selzer, Just Kill Me
- Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminatus!
- Shawn Shift, "Hey Liberal"
- Upton Sinclair, The Jungle ISBN 1-884365-30-2
- Terrance L. Smith, The Thief Who Came to Dinner
- Scott Spencer, Endless Love
- Ed Wagemann, "The Panty Thief of Bridgeport"
- Chris Ware, Building Stories (2012)
- Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
- Richard Wright, Native Son #20 on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
- "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
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
- 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.
Many considered Hill Street Blues, which never made explicit what city it was in, to be set in Chicago.
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.
Comics, manga, and cartoons
Miniseries, specials or individual episodes