May 12, 2022 - Things to Do

What TV gets wrong about Chicago

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Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess and Jason Beghe as Hank Voight in "Chicago P.D." Photo by Lori Allen courtesy of NBC.

We recently wrote about how annoying it can be when TV shows get our city so wrong.

  • And we heard from a bunch of readers who share the annoyance! Spoiler alerts below.

Chris L: "The very first 'Ozark' episode had my all-time favorite mistake. A body is thrown off a balcony at the Aqua and lands in front of the MILA, a few blocks away! Not even on the windiest day in Chicago would that be possible! I loved it! 🤣"

Tom S: " The worst or silliest misuse of street names occurs on the Chicago trio: 'Med,' 'Fire' and 'P.D.' They throw street names around without any regard for where they are or whether they are north-south or east-west streets."

Jenn P: "I still watch 'Chicago P.D.,' but they have at least one slipup a week. I would think that by now they would know what streets intersect with other streets and that you can't go west on Western. I'm happy to be their consultant..."

Alan B: "Don’t even get me started on Chicago errors in 'Ozark,' like the decidedly un-Missouri accents that plagued my St. Louis-born wife. Too late, you got me started."

  • "The last episode, where there was a wide shot of the lakefront ostensibly looking south toward a quite-distant downtown skyline and we could not identify anything on the shoreline."
  • "But the most egregious by far for me was when … Charlotte meets with a friend in, what one is led to believe, Grant Park. They talk seated on some sort of concrete structure that does not exist in that park … and the said skyline behind them is FLIPPED."
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