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A.V. Club Pop Pilgrims: The Dark Knight helped spawn a filmmaking boom in Chicago

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Published on Oct 17, 2013

Christopher Nolan's modern classic showcased the city of Chicago. As much as director Nolan—who grew up in Chicago and London—wanted to keep a low profile while he was shooting, there was no hiding The Dark Knight.

Christian Bale stood on the edge of the roof of Sears Tower (now called Willis Tower). A huge chase scene was shot on Lower Wacker Drive. Nolan flipped a truck over on LaSalle Street. Oh, and they blew up a building on the west side.

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