"Chiraq" Filming Begins in Chicago | NBC Chicago

"Chiraq" Filming Begins in Chicago

Filming is expected to take place from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday around the Double Door music club

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    Actor Nick Cannon, who plays a rapper in the Spike Lee film, was spotted on the set. NBC Chicago's Lee Ann Trotter reports. (Published Tuesday, June 2, 2015)

    Filming has begun in Chicago for “Chiraq," Spike Lee’s debated film about violence in Chicago. 

    Preparations for the filming began Monday on Chicago’s South Side and in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

    Filming is expected to take place from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday around the Double Door music club, located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to a flier posted outside the building.

    "Chiraq" posters advertising a performance by rappers Terror Tee and Little Lelex were seen covering the window of Double Door with the hashtag #spartanboyzentertainment. The signs also feature a photo of Nick Cannon, who was spotted Monday taking a picture with young members of the South Side’s Crushers Club, a group that aims to be an alternative to gangs.

    “Chiraq” posters advertising a performance by rappers Terror Tee and Little Lelex were seen covering the window of Double Door with the hashtag #spartanboyzentertainment.

    The filming prompted several parking restrictions in the area Monday through Wednesday.

    The flier warns of "simulated gunfire during filming" between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday. The Chicago Police Department is expected to be on hand to notify local districts before the simulated shootings take place.

    Filming will continue in the area from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the flier.

    Over the weekend, Sen. Jacqueline Collins, who sponsored a resolution to urge Illinois to find Lee's production company eligible for a tax credit, said the company plans to hire nearly 3,000 extras, 100 crew members and 20 interns this summer and most will be residents of the city's Englewood neighborhood.

    The movie has faced criticism over its title, prompting outrage from some city officials. "Chiraq" is the slang term some use to compare America's third-largest city to a war zone because of its violent crime. Those in support of the film say the title is a "reality of what's happening in the city."

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