Season 2 e.tv (*194) 20:30 Action
Action series Chicago PD (2014-current) follows the uniformed street cops and the Intelligence Unit of the 21st District of the Chicago Police Department. Executive producer Dick Wolf reveals that he chose the city because “it represents, sort of shamelessly, the best of US ideals and values and yet at the same time it’s a very interesting urban petri dish in which there are lots of bad things that can happen on cop shows. It’s a cleaner, politer New York with slightly heavier people.” We shook down the series to uncover what’s really going on…
The exterior of the station house is 1
the disused Maxwell Street Police Station at 943 West Maxwell Street. It was also used for cop drama Hill Street Blues (1981-1987).
Susan Kaufman, head of wardrobe 2
on Chicago Fire (2012-current) and its spin-off series Chicago PD and Chicago Med (2015-current), colour-codes her schedule so she can spot at a glance which series she needs to be working on at any given time.
The real-life off-duty and retired 3
police officers who’re cast as extras appear in their actual uniforms.
The cast’s uniforms are tweaked 4
to be more attractive, but they’re still real uniforms. “In summer, I wish that our polyester uniforms were thinner and in winter I’m wishing they’re thicker. A constant state of unhappiness with the thickness of my uniform,” jokes Marina Squerciati (Kim Burgess).
And Sophia Bush (Erin Lindsay) re5
veals that the actors had intensive training. “We worked with intelligence officers, the SWAT team and female undercover officers. We trained in pretty much every arena, high-speed chases, weapons, everything!
Officers Burgess (left) and Lindsay go undercover.