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The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago  

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List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago, Illinois may be called "Second City" but when it comes to television dramas it is second to none. It's not just TV dramas set in Chicago, but a great mix of comedies, sitcoms, and even fantasy series set in Chi-Town. If you're from Chicago and are missing home or curious how your hometown is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Chicago can be your tour guide.

Dramas set in hospitals are often set in the Chicago medical world, such as E.R. and Chicago Hope. Procedural dramas love Chicago and its history of crime in general, with an entire franchise from Dick Wolf set in the Windy City: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice. But shows set in Chicago know how to have fun too, with comedies such as Shameless, Family Matters and The League all taking place in Chicago.

Which shows about Chicago should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best shows set in Chicago, Illinois, vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any good Chicago shows that are missing.

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush
Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more
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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more
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ER is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and ...more
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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto
Chicago Med (NBC, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. Set in Chicago, the show focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago ...more
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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more
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Chicago Justice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Carl Weathers, Philip Winchester, John Ceda
Chicago Justice (NBC, 2016) follows the State Attorney's team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate their way through Chicago area politics, the legal arena, and media coverage while ...more
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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles
The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more
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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams
Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more
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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell
According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of three children. It originally ran on ABC from October 1, 2001 to June 2,
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Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan
Crime Story is an American television drama, created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson, that premiered in 1986 and ran for two seasons on NBC. The executive producer was Michael Mann, who ...more
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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily
The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 half-hour episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart ...more
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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
John Rhys-Davies, William Forsythe, David James Elliott
The Untouchables is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons in syndication, from January 1993 to May 1994. The series portrayed work of the real life Untouchables federal ...more
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Webster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis
Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8, 1987, and in first-run syndication from September 21, 1987 until March 10, 1989. The series was ...more
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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson
Punky Brewster is an American sitcom about a girl named Punky Brewster being raised by her foster parent. The show ran on NBC from September 16, 1984 to September 7, 1986 and again in first-run ...more
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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore
The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more
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The Chicago Code is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Matt Lauria
The Chicago Code is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan that aired on Fox in the United States. The series was filmed in Chicago, Illinois, originally airing from ...more
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The Loop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Mimi Rogers, Eric Christian Olsen, Philip Baker Hall
The Loop is an American sitcom that ran from March 15, 2006 to July 1, 2007 on Fox. The show starred Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan, a young professional trying to balance the needs of his social ...more
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Early Edition is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens
Early Edition is an American television drama series that aired on CBS broadcast network from September 28, 1996 to May 27, 2000. Set in the city of Chicago, Illinois, it follows the adventures ...more
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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa A. Williams
Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by ...more
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Due South is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Gross
Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by Paul Haggis, produced by Alliance Communications, and stars Paul Gross, David Marciano, Gordon ...more
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The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann
The Dresden Files is a Canadian/American television series based on the fantasy book series of the same name by Jim Butcher. It premiered January 21, 2007 on the Sci Fi Channel in the United ...more
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Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly
Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity ...more
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Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson
Mike & Molly is an American sitcom created by Mark Roberts which premiered on CBS on September 20, 2010. The series stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as the eponymous Mike and Molly, ...more
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South Side is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin, Chandra Russell
South Side (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Shot on location in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, the show follows two friends who just graduated from ...more
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Special Unit 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Michael Landes, Alexondra Lee, Richard Gant
Special Unit 2 is a short-lived, American sci-fi/comedy television series, filmed in Vancouver, BC that aired on UPN for two seasons from April 2001 through February 2002. The show focused upon ...more