10 fun facts about the Chicago shows

26 September 2023
Did you know these facts about your favourite shows?
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Every Tuesday, M-Net heads to Chicago for a triple bill of action with Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD. Inviting the characters into your home every week, you’re probably well acquainted with all the trials and triumphs of their lives. But how much do you know about what goes on behind the scenes? Read on and take a peek behind the curtain.

🔥 Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel played himself in Chicago Fire’s first episode on the condition that the show make a donation to the charity for the firefighters' widows and orphans.

🏥 Colin Donnell and Patti Murin, who played Dr Connor Rhodes and Dr Nina Shore in Chicago Med, are married in real life. They met while both appearing in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost.

🔥 In a behind-the-scenes interview, Taylor Kinney (Kelly Severide in Chicago Fire) said his celebrity crush was Peggy Bundy, the character played by Katey Sagal in Married … with Children.

🚔 Real Chicago police officers have appeared in Chicago PD while Fire has featured real firefighters.

🔥 Steve R McQueen (Jimmy Borrelli in Chicago Fire’s earlier seasons) is the grandson of film legend Steve McQueen. The famous associations don't end there. The Spanish singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias is his second cousin.

🏥 Chicago Med’s Nick Gehlfuss (Dr Will Halstead) was propositioned by a fan at a blues club in Chicago. The fan came up to him and whispered in his ear, “You can do surgery on me any time.”

🔥 David Eigenberg (Christopher Herrmann in Chicago Fire) was in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served for three years.

🚔 In a game of “most likely to” the Chicago PD cast said Patrick John Flueger was the most likely to get arrested and Sophia Bush was the most likely to make a citizen’s arrest.

🔥 Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker (Wallace Boden) and Jesse Spencer (Matthew Casey) worked with voice coaches because they’re not American. Walker is English and Spencer is Australian.

🔥 In 2012, a plane crash scene being filmed for Chicago Fire was mistaken for a real emergency and reported by a news station showing live footage of the “crash” before they were told that it was staged for the show.

Watch Chicago triple bills every Tuesday from 19:00 on M-Net channel 101.
🚒 Chicago Fire season 11 at 19:00
🚑 Chicago Med season 8 at 20:00
🚓 Chicago PD season 10 at 21:00

If you miss any episodes, you can catch up on DStv Stream.

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Feature image: Getty images: Actress Sophia Bush and executive producer Dick Wolf pose at a 2015 press junket for Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med.