What did we see in downtown Chicago this morning - was it a very strange and awful accident, or a TV/movie film location?
We were leaving the valet parking at the Hotel Sax on Dearborn this morning sometime between 8:30 and 9. There was some bad traffic coming out of the lot, and traffic was moving very slow. Once we finally got out onto the street, we saw this
, snapped hastily by a backseat passenger on a cellphone.
At first we saw it for what it appeared to be and were horrified. Then we got a little closer and wondered why there were no police or fire trucks, and why nobody seemed concerned - people were watching and pointing from a distance, but there was no urgency. We think we might have seen cameras set up from one direction, but we couldn't be sure. So that made us think that we were seeing a film scene in progress. Cool! Even as we drove past, it looked like the girl in the driver's seat was smiling, and someone (director?) appeared to be talking to her calmly.
But tonight I got to looking at the picture and thinking about it, and I'm not so sure what happened. When a production company films a scene in a metro area, don't they clear the area and all that? There's no way we could have just accidentally driven through a film set, is there? Are there any other clues in that photo that could indicate what was going on? And if (god, please, I hope this is the case) it was just a film set and nobody was hurt, is there any way of figuring out what movie/TV show this was?