Filming Locations Guide: The Trial of the Chicago 7 Court House and City Park

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a legal drama telling the real story of the Chicago Seven (who were actually eight). The leaders of a peaceful protest against the Vietnam war were charged with conspiracy after the demonstrations turned into a violent clash with the police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 was basically filmed in New Jersey, with additional key scenes shot in the Windy City itself. The movie has been under development since 2006; director and writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) had planned to involve Steven Spielberg on the project. Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast to play the Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman that year before he became world-famous after the success of Borat.

The all-stars academy awards of protests is also composed by Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts) as Tom Hayden, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Aquaman) as Bobby Seale, and Jeremy Strong (Succession) as Jerry Rubin. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, and Michael Keaton are also featured in the cast.

Where was The Trial of the Chicago 7 filmed?

The Trial of the Chicago 7 house At the beginning of the movie, the scene in a college classroom was filmed in the Hyland Hall of Saint Elizabeth University in Morrison, New Jersey. The scene pictured below at Judge Julius Hoffman's office was shot in the Hennessy Hall (aka The Mansion), a historic house located in Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.
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Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Lecture Hall / Office


Trial of the Chicago Seven court
The exteriors of the courtroom were filmed in the gorgeous Newark City Hall. The stunning interior lobby of this 1902 Beaux-Arts style building with a golden dome is also featured in the film. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


The tribunal room interiors However, the elegant courthouse room where most of the film takes place doesn't really exist; Sorkin commented to Variety that the courtroom was a set built somewhere in New Jersey.


Grant Park Chicago statue The production was able to shot on location where the real events took place at Chicago's Grant Park. The sequence when the demonstrators try to take the hill of the John Alexander Logan Monument was made by combining archival footage, matching real images, with actors. The film director ordered his camera operators to get into the crowd and shot like if they were making a documentary. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Drehort The scene when the activists try to get out of the park, near a police station, was filmed at Polk Street and Plymouth Court in downtown Chicago. The building on the right side is the old Dearborn Station, the 1885 railway station with a magnificent clock tower that has nowadays transformed into a shopping mall. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Haymarket Tavern The Haymarket Tavern where a group of protestors clashes with the National Guard riot police is located at 14th and Garden streets in Hoboken, New Jersey. The bar is actually called Dino & Harry's Steakhouse, an elegant 19th-century saloon with stained glass. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

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