CTA - Chicago Transit Authority

Filming & Photography

Your filming and photography projects, both large and small, are welcome on CTA.

The CTA is an integral part of Chicago's image and history. One of Chicago's most famous landmarks is its century-old elevated train system, popularly known as the 'L'. Our historic 'L', which dates back to 1892, stamps your project as "Made in Chicago."

Note: If you're not a professional photographer or filmmaker and want to know about taking your own pictures or video on CTA, see our Photo & Video policy.


What we offer


CTA’s vehicles can be rented for productions any time, except weekday rush hours (approx. 6am - 9am & 3pm - 6pm) or where restricted by CTA.



We can provide your production with:


Support Crew

Appropriate personnel is required for support as follows:



The 'L' offers a wide variety of infrastructure types and station design, ranging from historic and ornate landmark stations to modernist marvels. Parts of the system operate over elevated lines (steel or concrete), in subways, along expressways, and even at ground level.

For a unique and genuinely Chicago look, here's just a sampling of the places you can showcase Chicago from and with transit:


How to get started

  1. Contact the CTA's Film Coordinator, Cody Lowe, (at least two weeks in advance) at +1 (312) 681-4131 or at clowe2@transitchicago.com
  2. E-mail or fax a Letter of Intent with your script, storyboard or concept detailing how and when you want to use CTA's services. We will contact you within 24 hours of receipt. The fax number is +1 (312) 681-4197.
  3. A pre-production meeting will be held at the CTA headquarters with your organization and CTA staff to discuss your plans and how we can accommodate them in compliance with CTA's regulations and safety requirements. A written cost estimate will be given to you upon request.
  4. Requests made less than two weeks in advance are subject to postponement until adequate CTA manpower is available.
  5. Download the Filming and Photography Guidelines document, which includes requirements to film, insurance information, and the request form.


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