Chicago Destroyed by "Transformers"

Crews will shut down the Magnificent Mile this weekend.

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    Kate Allt/NBC Chicago

    Chicago is in ruins. Chunks of buildings lay strewn across the city. Concrete sits atop crushed cars. And whole swaths of the Windy City look like a war zone.

    How did this happen?

    "Transformers," that's how.

    Using movie magic, Transformer's crews have made the city look like a wasteland.

    If you strolled by Randolph and LaSalle, or walked past the AMC theatre on Illinois St., chances are you saw the giant slabs of cement piled in vacant parking lots -- wreckage that makes it look like the city just underwent World War III.

    While cool to see, the filming means headaches for commuters as streets shut down and buses are re-routed.

    This week, the Magnificent Mile will be closed from 8 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Monday.