Real World Chicago Production Problems

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July 11, 2001 - An MTV crew videotaping on the West Side early Tuesday was caught up in a drama when a woman drove up with two shooting victims, one of them dead and the second dying.

The shooting took place at around 12:30 a.m. as the woman and two men were in a car in the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant at 1482 N. Milwaukee Av., according to Grand Central Area Detective Richard Cerny. A man climbed out of another vehicle, approached them, and fired several shots into their car.

The 20-year-old woman moved into the driver's seat and drove out of the lot, looking for the police, Cerny said. She saw some officers near Winchester and North avenues, where they were blocking the street so an MTV crew could tape exterior footage for the show "The Real World," according to Shakespeare District Capt. Charles Dulay.


As a result, the address of the house was published in the local newspapers before filming began. A majority of the Wicker Park residents were very upset that The Real World was being filmed in their neighborhood. As a result, the Chicago cast endured protests, vandalism, and constant onlookers. Bunim-Murray Productions will not be including any of the protest footage during the series.

During one of the protests, red paint was thrown on the front door of the Loft.

The front door with the red paint was clearly shown on one episode without any explanation.

Someone was angry enough to break the window.

Curious onlookers standing across the street from the Loft.

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Updated - March 9, 2002