Article Written by Marijana Miric
This Toronto-filmed musical drama took the title of Best Picture at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, making it the first musical to win Best Picture since ‘Oliver!’ in 1969. Exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in 1920’s Chicago, ‘Chicago’ won 6 of their 13 Academy Award nominations, including the coveted title of ‘Best Picture.’ Chicago’s own Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart would have shimmied their hearts to out accept that award, but the film’s producer, Martin Richards, beat them to it.
Check out some of the Toronto Locations used in the film!
This interior of this beautiful Edwardian stacked theatre masquerades as the set for the film’s Chicago Theatre where Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart finally perform their duet.
Historical and full of character, Toronto’s Distillery District was home to the film’s Onyx theatre, prison interior, and courtroom.
If one were to go and explore the Oak Room in Casa Loma they would come across the office interior of celebrity lawyer, Billy Flynn.
Canada Life Building
The exterior of the Canada Life Building, which sets the stage as Flynn’s office exterior, can be seen when Flynn slips into his Rolls Royce.
This beautiful building sets the scene as the exterior of the film’s courthouse. Next time you walk past this building, located in Queens Park, try to imagine Flynn presenting Hart to the assembled press.
Ontario Specialty Co
This great Toronto-based novelty shop has seen its share of films from Good Will Hunting to Chicago and more! In Chicago, it’s shown as the beauty parlour women flock to for their “Triple Bob” hairstyles after Roxie Hart becomes a household name.
Socialite Kelly Baxter (Lucy Liu) kills her cheating husband, and his two companions during a threesome, in this stunning Oshawa estate.
Have you ever walked past Osgoode Hall and thought that it looked like a hospital entrance? Well someone did! Toronto’s own Osgoode Hall is set as the hospital exterior. A nice change of pace from the legal activities that occur on an everyday basis!
What Toronto locations have you filmed in? Where do you want to film?