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Some call it the Windy City, while others refer to it as the Second City. It’s home to world-class museums, a legendary performing arts scene and two Major League Baseball teams. It’s Chicago, and if your company is based in the central United States, it’s a natural location for your next corporate video production. Chicago is a big and bustling city, with all the facilities, talent and stunning B-roll locations needed to host a great video shoot.

Chicago is a business and cultural hub, with the greater metropolitan area serving as a base for over 30 Fortune 500 companies. The city also sports dozens of distinct neighborhoods, meaning you can capture a number of different backdrops for your video, ranging from skyscraper-lined urban corridors to leafy suburbs and picturesque lakefront. Thousands of movie and TV productions have chosen Chicago as their location, and it could also be perfect for your corporate shoot.

Whether your company has been operating in Chicago for years or you’re just getting acquainted with the city, a Crews Control production team can help your Windy City video shoot succeed. These experts know their region, helping you navigate the permitting process, find your way around town, and even pick the perfect spot for deep dish pizza.

Work with the best Chicago video production company

Chicago and its related suburbs sport a large footprint on the map and a population of approximately 3 million people. Finding the exact right spot to shoot footage for a corporate video project, as well as setting up all the necessary permissions and meeting technical requirements, can be a major challenge.

Most companies don’t have fully staffed internal video departments. If that describes your business, it doesn’t mean you have to refrain from creating ambitious video productions. It does, however, indicate that you can expand your capabilities significantly by teaming up with video production service experts from Crews Control.

In addition to having long experience working with the technical aspects of filmmaking and video editing, Crews Control’s Chicago professionals understand their city. This means they’re familiar with local legal requirements, such as union rules. When you’re interested in filming inside a downtown skyscraper within the Loop, everything from permitting to the load-in procedure can add complexity — Crews Control experts can guide you through it smoothly, because they’ve done it before.

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Our video production services in Chicago

When you’re planning out your next corporate video in Chicago, the only limit is your imagination. You may want a series of short video clips that will help build brand awareness with your target audience on social media platforms. Alternatively, you might need to broadcast a live stream from a corporate event in the Windy City. 

Whether you’re looking for quick videos that have a handmade feel or full-scale TV commercials with Hollywood production values, an expert videography team from Crews Control can help you turn your vision into a reality.

Our video services in Chicago include:

  • Interviews and B-roll
  • Event coverage
  • Presentations
  • Drone production
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Motion pictures
  • Live streaming
  • Panel discussion
  • Man on the street interviews
  • Corporate meetings
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Commercials
  • Broadcast television media
  • Employee training materials
  • Sizzle reels
  • Time-lapse videos
  • Happy-face videos
  • Focus group recordings
  • Testimonials
  • Video news releases
  • Documentaries
  • Web conferencing
  • Red carpet coverage
  • Action and sports video
  • Product demonstration clips
  • …and whatever else you can imagine!

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Unique factors about filming in Chicago

Chicago’s skyscrapers, public art installations and lakefront beaches make for irresistible filming locations for brand marketing video content. Before diving in and setting up a shoot, however, you’ll need to get your bearings and determine how best to capture Chicago landmarks on video.

Your Crews Control team can lead you through all the steps to craft ideal corporate videos in Chicago. They can offer valuable tips about the region, including the following:

  • Follow careful process when filming in buildings: You’ll have to check off a few boxes to film in downtown Chicago skyscrapers. For instance, you need liability insurance for your crew, and permission from management. Then, there’s the matter of logistics, and loading in through the freight elevator — failing to plan in advance could result in costly delays.

  • Be aware of local union rules: Many venues in Chicago only allow union-based film shoots, which comes with modified shooting schedules and overtime rules. Understanding these procedures before getting started will help you plan out your video project.
  • Build flexibility into your schedule to capture outdoor shots: Since the weather tends to change quickly and unpredictably in Chicago, it pays to block out some extra time for exterior shots. Chances are, you will be able to capture the view you want, you may just have to wait a few hours.
  • Understand downtown travel times: Like most major cities, Chicago has its issues with traffic. While the expressways may look like straight lines between planned filming locations, they can slow down significantly at rush hour. Experienced Chicago drivers will know what times of day are best to travel.

Video production service professionals who are used to working in Chicago will be familiar with those local peculiarities, and many more. Whether they’re working with the Chicago Film Office to receive filming permission or putting wind socks on shotgun mics to keep the Chicago gusts from ruining live audio, Crews Control production teams can keep your brand video production on track.

Our Chicago video crews: Experience and gear

Launching a successful video production in the Second City is easier when you have an experienced professional videographer and full crew on your side. With an ideal combination of regional knowledge and technical expertise, Crews Control teams are ready to bring your corporate video production in on time and under budget. Each of our directors of photography has at least 10 years of experience in the video and film industry, and they bring their valuable perspective to every shoot.

Another important element of a smooth and successful video production is reliable, high-quality equipment. When a film crew is equipped with the latest and greatest technology, the resulting video can sport unparalleled video and audio quality, ensuring it stands out from competitors’ offerings and looks good for years to come. Crews Control teams use the latest releases from Sony, Panasonic, Canon. JVC, Ikegami, Thompson (Philips), Hitachi, RED and Arriflex.

Videographers are able to do their best work when they’re equipped with the latest and most advanced gear. Crews Control teams have access to newly released, high-tech offerings from top brands, ensuring they can deliver a level of audio and video quality that will impress viewers. Our crews use gear from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Ikegami, Thompson (Philips), Hitachi, RED and Arriflex.


Check Out Our Extensive Camera List:

  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K
  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini
  • Vision Research Phantom v12.1
  • Vision Research Phantom v640

8K, 4K, UHD & 2k


  • Arriflex ALEXA

AVC Intra (NTSC)


  • Sony HXR-NX5U
  • Canon EOS C100


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX 900


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX900E



  • Panasonic AG-HVX200E
  • Panasonic AG-HPX 171E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200P


  • Sony PMW EX1
  • Sony PMW EX3
  • Sony PMW-EX1R
  • Sony PXW-X70
  • JVC GY-HM700U
  • Sony PMW 300
  • Sony PMW 320
  • Sony PMW-350
  • Sony PMW 400
  • Sony PMW-F3


  • Sony PDW-F355
  • Sony PDW-F350
  • Sony PDW-F330
  • Sony PDW-700
  • Sony PDW-F800
  • Sony PDW-335


  • Canon EOS C500
  • Canon EOS C300
  • Canon EOS C100

A Crews Control shoot is led by experts who are familiar with all aspects of the video production process equipped with cutting-edge gear. This combination gets results for your brand, no matter what type of digital marketing or internal video content you’re setting out to make. Request a free quote now!


By pairing expert crews with technologically sophisticated equipment, Crews Control delivers top-quality results for clients every time.


Some of our Happy Clients

Over more than 30 years as a video production company, Crews Control has built a roster of satisfied customers in Chicago, across the U.S. and around the world. These companies range from start-ups intent on growing quickly to major global brands, including more than half of the Fortune 500. When you need to work with skilled professionals who have the best gear and know their regions perfectly, Crews Control is your ideal partner.

Here’s what our clients say about us.


Prepared, Creative, Professional and on the 10 scale an 11

I’ve been producing and directing videos for Broadcast (NBC/ABC/CNN/C-SPAN) and Corporate for over 30 years – and Matthew and Dan were one of the best crews I have EVER worked with.




The footage was well done.

Just got out of the edit. Tim did a great job. Considering the talent we gave him to work with, I would go as far as to say he’s a bit of a magician.

Thanks for the help!



Thanks for the great shoot yesterday.

Everything was great and I wanted to let you know that our Executive Producer said the footage we got from the different regions was the best footage he had ever seen come from remote crews that we didn’t have control over. That is a great compliment coming from him.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to working with you again!


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