Chicago gets Real World 30, residents don’t want “shenanigans”

The Real World season 30 is definitely filming in Chicago, as officials approved Bunim-Murray’s request to film the show in a former nightclub at 1100 W. Randolph St.. But residents who met with producers are skeptical and don’t want the “shenanigans” that came last time the show filmed in the Windy City.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the “Zoning Board of Appeals has issued Bunim/Murray, which produces the reality series, a special use permit” and Chicago Film Office’s Rich “Moskal said filming on the reality show will likely begin in August and continue over 12 weeks.”

DNAinfo Chicago reported that before the meeting with the zoning board, a small group of West Loop residents met with producers. One, Greg Shapps, who lived near the first Chicago house, called it “a real pain in the ass” because “there were a lot of idiots out there”–and he wasn’t talking about the cast. Instead, it was “shenanigans” from “people try to start fights because they wanted to get on camera.”

There were also people protesting because they didn’t want the cameras in Chicago. It’ll be interesting to see if Chicago cares as much this time around.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.