Movie Flight To Canada Hurts Cities Like Chicago

“While it has been much publicized that the loss of the commercial film business to Canada and other countries, known as ‘runaway production,’ has hurt movie production in Los Angeles and New York, a recent study by the United States Commerce Department found that it had been devastating to the much-smaller film markets in Chicago and other cities between the coasts. Since 1985, 57 feature films with Chicago backdrops have been shot in Canada. The director of the Chicago film office estimates his city has lost $1.9 billion and 17,000 jobs from the local economy.