"The Real World" Could Return to Chicago

The production company plans to use the property for up to five months

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    2002: "Real World Chicago" is shot in a converted bookstore/coffeehouse in Wicker Park and aired on MTV. Things didn't always go smoothly, with a shooting nearby, protests and vandalism by local activists.

    Things could start getting real in Chicago’s West Loop.

    “The Real World” reportedly wants to return to Chicago for another edition of the TV drama.

    Crain’s Chicago Business, citing “people familiar with the project,” reports that the long-running MTV reality show is planning to film at 1100 W. Randolph St.

    An affiliate of Bunim/Murray Productions is set to appear before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals June 20, according to the panel’s agenda.

    The company plans to apply for special use to “establish a seven-bed, temporary, group living residence in an existing two-story building,” the agenda states.

    The production company plans to use the property for up to five months, filming within a 12-week period, Crain’s reported.

    Bunim/Murray Productions came to the city in March to host an open casting call.

    And this isn’t the first time the reality show has set stage in Chicago.

    The show previously had a brief residency in the city for “The Real World: Chicago,” which filmed in Wicker Park and premiered in 2002.