Chicago Production Resources

A huge part of producing a photo or video shoot is connecting with great people to help you get the job done.  I love all the amazing and talented people I get to work with on production, its the best part of my job.  I know how tricky it can be to find great crew and resources when producing a shoot in a different city.  I often get emails and calls from out of town producers or photographers looking for suggestions on production crew and resources in Chicago so I wanted to build a comprehensive list to help out fellow producers.  I am always happy to give you my personal recommendations – but I hope this list can be a good start to anyone looking to produce a shoot in Chicago.


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Please note: No resource posted on this site is in any way a personal recommendation, please email or call if you would like recommendations for a project you’re working on.


If you would like your name or business to be included on this list, please get in touch.

If you have a photography studio rental in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

ProGear Studio

ProGear is probably the most popular photo equipment rental house in Chicago, and their rental studio is backed by a large assortment of photographic equipment and support services for your studio shoot.


Studio Rental Chicago

Located in the south loop of downtown Chicago, Studio Rental Chicago offers photographers the premier daylight rental studio in the city.


2 stages for rent, each with a cyc and separate production areas. Lighting and Grip rental.

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Throop Studio

A 3,000 sq. ft. facility located 10 minutes from downtown Chicago with 2 shooting bays, a client space and a private office. Amenities include a full kitchen, full bath with walk in shower, and a hair and makeup area.

The F Stop

4,000 square foot daylight studio with 2 commercial kitchens and a 20′ cyc wall located in west town.


Rent a photography studio in Chicago

Trigger Studio

Trigger is a 3,600 square foot single story modern loft located at 2810 West Addison, on the North side of Chicago. With 2 separate shooting spaces, 2 ADA bathrooms, and lots of  free street parking, you can easily keep your photographer and client happy.


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SkyLight Studio

Two studio spaces, both 4000 sq ft with hardwood floors. Also included are Hair, Makeup, and Styling rooms. Full kitchen and wireless internet throughout. Studio A is flooded with natural light, Studio B features blackout capabilities.

Chicago Video Photo Studio Rental

Answers Media

Conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop, our advanced 25,000 square foot facility is complete with two large production studios, fully functional production kitchen, prep kitchen, control room, virtual set system, makeup room, including: C, Ku band satellite transport, and fiber transmission.

312-543-3837 X5108

Parchment Studio

Unique, private, prop stylist driven photo rental studio in the heart of Bucktown.

Johanna Lowe, 312.420.0162

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Prairie Production


Chicago studio rentals

Space Stage Studios

Stage Venus with hard wall cyc 45′ x 40′ x 15′ high and lighting grid, Green Screen Stage with chroma key green cyc wall and floor, Photo Stage with white cyc wall and floor and more.

Chicago Photography rental studio

Loft 505

Loft 505 is located in the Pilsen Arts District and is a 1200 sqft daylight studio with three large west-facing windows. Amenities include free street parking, pallet wall, high ceilings, and use of seamless backdrops and furniture (including bed, couch, and chairs).

cell: 708.717.2811

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Chicago Daylight Studio

A 2500 sq. ft. space located in Chicago’s West Loop with beautiful natural light, client space, private office, large kitchen, and full bath with walk in shower. Photo equipment available to rent.



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RP Studio Chicago

RP Studio Chicago serves the city’s photography and video creators. You’ll get 2,500 square feet of space to use for your project. Features include 17 foot ceilings, a fully customizable studio that’s pet friendly, kitchen, lounge, and client workroom.


Main Contact: Andrea Fischetti (Owner)


Smash Virtual Productions

Chicago’s first dedicated LED soundstage. SMASH’s state-of-the art 19,000 square foot production facility is built for virtual production in film, TV, and commercials. 118 foot LED wall setup with live camera tracking and the most knowledgeable VP crew in the Midwest



If you have a production motorhome or other production vehicles for rent in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

MoPro Chicago

MoPro Chicago

MoPro Chicago is your full service production motorhome for photo, film and commercials.

Mike – 847.489.1057


Mike is an essential part of the crew and he’s reason alone to hire MoPro – but his moho is also very lovely. Check out the photos on his website!

– Christy, Christy Schmid Productions

GigRig Chicago

GigRig offers a variety of production motorhomes and custom production vehicles for the print, commercial, and film industry.

Kevin, 312-666-9900

Rockstar RV


When all the motorhomes in Chicago are booked (it’s happened), Rockstar will drive down from Milwaukee for a nominal fee.

Chicago Production Vehicles

Chicagoland Truck Rental

Cargo Vans, Box Trucks and Passenger Vans. Tell them you’re in production!

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Elite Truck Rental

Truck and Cargo Van Rentals in Chicago.


If you rent photography equipment, lighting or grip in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

Photography Equipment Rental in Chicago

ProGear Rental

ProGear is Chicago’s best resource for the professional photographer. The latest equipment available for rent featuring gear from Phase One, Profoto, Canon, Nikon, Apple and much more.

Photography Equipment Rental in Chicago

Dodd Camera

DSLR / Medium Format / Video / Camera Support / Lighting / Audio / Grip

Photography Equipment Rental in Chicago


Lighting / Grip / Electric / Camera Support / Generators / Grip Truck Packages

Photography Equipment Rental in Chicago


Lighting and Grip Truck Rental.

Visions of Light

Camera Packages / Lighting + Grip / Audio Equipment

Magnanimous Media

Package Deals / Cameras / Camera Assist / Lenses / Media / Monitors / Sound / Lighting / Grip

If you supply catering for production in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

Chicago photoshoot caterers

Artisan Catering

Artisan Catering is a contemporary, chef driven alternative to the average caterer! A full service catering company that focuses on exceptional food, and extraordinary service.

Big Delicious Catering

For two decades, BDP has been catering film and photo shoots. Whether you’re at a stage or on location, we can keep your crew’s bellies happy.


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Northern Fork

At Northern Fork our philosophy is simple: fabulous food and exceptional service! Since opening our doors in 2003, thousands of our satisfied clients have made Northern Fork one of the premier catering companies in Chicagoland.

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Chicago production catering

My Private Chef, Inc.

Chicago’s popular Private Chef and Gourmet Catering Service.
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Service for ad agencies, broadcast, print productions and more. Corporate and Social entertaining. Customized menus and Premium Service.


Chris Tong


Chicago Production friendly caterer

Goddess and Grocer

The Goddess and Grocer offers freshly made, beautifully presented catering.

Big Star Catering

Big Star offers a do-it-yourself taco bar for catering.


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