'Transformers' Soon Showing Off Chicago

A year after 'Transformers' destroyed the city, the movie is ready to open in theaters

By Dominic Trombino
|  Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:43 AM CDT
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Director Michael Bay says the city has been gracious with requests to blow up Michigan Avenue and base-jump over the Chicago River.

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The wait is almost over.

Less than a year since "Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon" finished filming in the Second City, fascinating Loop workers and, ahem, screwing up daily commutes, the film is due to be released Wednesday.

The third film in the series, based on the cartoons from the 80s and 90s, filmed in Chicago last summer. Crews closed the Mag Mile and Wacker Drive for filming and what looked like complete destruction of the city. The crew also "blew up" Trump Tower for a night.

A year later, you can't tell that the Autobots and Decepticons came through town to destroy the city. But on film, it'll sure look like they did.

Michael Bay, director of the movie franchise, said he was thankful for Chicago to allow him to film in the city, explaining his love for the town, the fans and what film crews were allowed to do here.

"The reason I chose Michigan Avenue is it's one of the best skylines I think in the country," Bay told NBC last summer.

"New York City, it looks great from a helicopter shot, whereas Chicago you can be on the ground and you've got multi-tiered buildings and it opens up by the river, so it's quite beautiful."

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