Locations, Production

Awesome Locations in Toronto-filmed Oscar Winner!

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Article Written by Marijana Miric

Chicago (2002)

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!

Elgin Theatre 

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.

Distillery District

Historical and full of character, Toronto’s Distillery District was home to the film’s Onyx theatre, prison interior, and courtroom.

Chicago Jail

Casa Loma

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.

chicago Billy Flynn office

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.

Legislative Building 

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.

toronto legislative building

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.

Parkwood Estate

Socialite Kelly Baxter (Lucy Liu) kills her cheating husband, and his two companions during a threesome, in this stunning Oshawa estate.

Parched Estate Toronto Film Location

Osgoode Hall

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!

Osgoode Hall


What Toronto locations have you filmed in? Where do you want to film?

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