Entertainment 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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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Chicago Code is listed (or ranked) 9 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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ER is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The League is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll
The League is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on October 29, 2009. The series, set in Chicago, Illinois, is a semi-improvised comedy about a fantasy football league, its members, and ...more
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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 12 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 Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Chicago Justice is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Due South is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Marry Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Tim Meadows, Casey Wilson, Sarah Wright
Marry Me is an American sitcom television series created and executive produced by David Caspe with co-executive producers/director Seth Gordon and Jamie Tarses for Sony Pictures Television. The ...more
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Life with Bonnie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Bonnie Hunt, Mark Derwin, David Alan Grier
Life with Bonnie is an ABC television sitcom that originally aired from 2002 to 2004. The show outlined the life of character Bonnie Malloy, who juggled her personal life and her job as a ...more
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Love & War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Susan Dey, Annie Potts, Michael Nouri
Love & War is an American television sitcom, which aired on CBS from September 21, 1992 to February 1, 1995. Created by Diane English, the series originally starred Susan Dey as Wally ...more
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Webster is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Still Standing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Mark Addy, Jami Gertz, Jennifer Irwin
Still Standing is an American sitcom television series that ran on CBS from September 30, 2002 to March 8, 2006. It starred Mark Addy and Jami Gertz as Bill & Judy Miller, a middle class ...more
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Angel Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Angel Street Robin Givens, Pamela Gidley, Ron Dean
Angel Street is an American crime drama that aired from September 15, 1992 to October 3, 1992.
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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Joanie Loves Chachi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro
Joanie Loves Chachi is an American television spin-off of the American sitcom Happy Days that was originally broadcast on ABC from March 23, 1982 to May 24, 1983. It stars Erin Moran and Scott ...more
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Pepper Dennis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Rebecca Romijn, Brooke Burns, Lindsay Price
Pepper Dennis is a comedy-drama television series that aired on The WB from April to July 4, 2006. It was quickly announced on May 17, 2006 that Pepper Dennis would not be one of the WB shows ...more
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Whitney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago
Whitney Cummings, Chris D'Elia, Rhea Seehorn
Whitney is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 22, 2011, to March 27, 2013. The series originally aired in the 9:30 pm /8:30 pm Thursday night timeslot. The show stars Whitney ...more