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The Best TV Shows Set in Chicago

Updated August 8, 2019 848 votes 120 voters 2.7k views48 items

List RulesVote 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 Fire
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    Chicago Fire

    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney

    Premiered2012

    Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Chicago P.D.
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    19

    Chicago P.D.

    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda

    Premiered2014

    Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Chicago Med
    49
    16

    Chicago Med

    Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta

    Premiered2015

    Chicago Med (NBC, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf... more on Wikipedia
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    Shameless
    38
    14

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John... more on Wikipedia
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    ER
    20
    15

    ER

    Anthony Edwards, George Clooney

    Premiered1994

    ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Good Wife
    16
    10

    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

    The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Chicago Justice
    15
    12

    Chicago Justice

    Carl Weathers, Philip Winchester

    Premiered2016

    Chicago Justice (NBC, 2016) follows the State Attorney's team of prosecutors and investigators... more on Wikipedia
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    Chicago Hope
    8
    8

    Chicago Hope

    Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon

    Premiered1994

    Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It... more on Wikipedia
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    The Chicago Code
    8
    8

    The Chicago Code

    Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals

    Premiered2011

    The Chicago Code is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan that aired... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Webster
    8
    8

    Webster

    Susan Clark, Alex Karras

    Premiered1983

    Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The Bob Newhart Show
    6
    6

    The Bob Newhart Show

    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette

    Premiered1972

    The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Family Matters
    9
    10

    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

    Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Due South
    8
    9

    Due South

    Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie

    Premiered1994

    Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Soul Food
    8
    9

    Soul Food

    Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker

    Premiered2000

    Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    According to Jim
    5
    5

    According to Jim

    James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith

    Premiered2001

    According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Special Unit 2
    4
    4

    Special Unit 2

    Michael Landes, Alexondra Lee

    Premiered2001

    Special Unit 2 is a short-lived, American sci-fi/comedy television series, filmed in... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Early Edition
    5
    6

    Early Edition

    Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis

    Premiered1996

    Early Edition is an American television drama series that aired on CBS broadcast network from... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Untouchables
    6
    9

    The Untouchables

    John Rhys-Davies, William Forsythe

    Premiered1993

    The Untouchables is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons in syndication,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Chi
    6
    9

    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Premiered2018

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Mike & Molly
    5
    8

    Mike & Molly

    Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy

    Premiered2010

    Mike & Molly (2010, CBS) is an American sitcom created by Mark Roberts. The series stars Billy... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Punky Brewster
    5
    8

    Punky Brewster

    Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes

    Premiered1984

    Punky Brewster is an American sitcom about a girl named Punky Brewster being raised by her... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Crime Story
    4
    6

    Crime Story

    Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich

    Premiered1986

    Crime Story is an American television drama, created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Still Standing
    2
    5

    Still Standing

    Mark Addy, Jami Gertz

    Premiered2002

    Still Standing is an American sitcom television series that ran on CBS from September 30, 2002... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    South Side
    5
    5

    South Side

    Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin

    Premiered2019

    South Side (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Shot on location in... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Pearson
    1
    2

    Pearson

    Gina Torres, Isabel Arraiza

    Premiered2019

    Pearson (USA Network, 2019) is an American political drama television series created by Aaron... more on Wikipedia