Cinespace Chicago Film Studios

DePaul CDM Cinespace Studios Partnership 

Cinespace StudiosDistinguishing itself from all other film programs in the United States and formed in alliance with Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, DePaul's School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) boasts a 32,000 square foot professional production facility located in the heart of Chicago's booming destination for film and television. At DePaul Cinespace Studios, SCA students learn filmmaking crafts and techniques from highly accomplished faculty and staff on industry-standard equipment mere steps away from high-profile network productions filming on the Cinespace Studios lot. Both SCA students and alumni have found ample opportunities working on hit television shows, including Fox's Empire and Proven Innocent; Showtime's Shameless and The Chi; NBC's Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med; Comedy Central's South Side; and HBO's Lovecraft Country.

DePaul Cinespace Shuttle

CDM provides year-round shuttle service to and from Cinespace for students, faculty, and staff. The CDM Loop bus stop is located in front of the Barnes & Noble at the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd.). The schedule is updated quarterly and can be found below.

Students, staff, and faculty are all invited to ride the shuttle; however, priority seating will be given to those enrolled in classes at Cinespace or on tours.

Fall Quarter (September 11-November 19)

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Final exam week is Nov 20-26; shuttle schedule TBA.
No shuttle service Nov 27-Dec 1 (Thanksgiving holiday).

December Term (December 2-December 20)

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No shuttle service Dec. 21- Jan. 2 (holiday break)

Walking, Driving or CTA

Whether walking, driving, or taking public transit, there are plenty of options to easily get to our offsite professional production facility. View pdf map.

Stages 15, 16, & 17

Our facility houses over 17,000 square feet of shooting space on three separate stages with numerous standing sets, a green screen cyclorama, scenic shop, prop rentals and indoor loading bay.

To request time on one of the stages, please fill out the Stage Reservation Request form and send it to


Each stage at the facility has a "stage package" of lighting, grip, and power distribution to handle most productions. In addition to the stage packages, we have an extensive inventory of industry-standard motion picture equipment available to students both on the stage and on location. This includes tungsten, HMI, fluorescent & LED fixtures, hydraulic dollies, advanced rigging, advanced sound, production supplies and equipment carts. Standard Stage Package

DePaul Cinespace Studios also houses our Advanced Camera Vault, dressing rooms with hair and makeup stations, editing suites, classroom/collaboration areas, studio and location sound equipment, 3-ton Grip Truck, Sprinter Cargo Van, Scene Shop, and ample storage and work areas to support any project.

To request the Grip Truck, please fill out the Grip Truck Request form and send it to Standard Grip Truck Load Sheet.

The Camera Vault

Advanced Camera Equipment

To request equipment from the Camera Vault, please fill out the Camera Vault Request form and send it to

The Camera Vault is the checkout facility for all high-end camera equipment in the School of Cinematic Arts. The Camera Vault staff is available to answer your questions about all things regarding cameras and to help with reserving equipment. SCA has an extensive inventory of industry-standard camera equipment. Each advanced camera has a certification exam. Arri, RED, Sony, Cannon, Ziess, and Cooke are just some of the names seen on our shelves.


The Camera Vault conducts individual camera workshops open to all current students during the fall, winter, and spring terms based on camera availability. Additionally, students interested in cameras and the camera department can take a two-credit hour Camera Assistant Workshop (DC368) for hands on experience with the advanced camera inventory.

Related Information

Phone: 773-521-4595
Address: 2514 W. 16th St. Chicago IL, 60608 - Stages 15, 16 & 17
Shuttle: Catch the shuttle from the Loop to Cinespace and back, Monday through Friday. See the “getting here” tab for the shuttle schedule.