MTV's REAL WORLD Returning to Chicago?

MTV's REAL WORLD Returning to Chicago?

This could be a story… true STOR-AYYYYY… of seven strangers… picked to live in a house…

… in the West Loop of Chicago… right around 1100 West Randolph… ok you get the idea. It looks like the MTV long-running trailblazing reality TV show THE REAL WORLD might be returning to Chicago for its 30th season.

Crain’s Chicago Business, citing “people familiar with the project,” reports that the long-running MTV reality show is planning to film at 1100 W. Randolph St. An affiliate of Bunim/Murray Productions, the founding production company for this long-running series, is set to appear before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals June 20, according to the panel’s agenda. The company plans to apply for special use to “establish a seven-bed, temporary, group living residence in an existing two-story building,” the agenda states.

The production company plans to use the property for up to five months, filming within a 12-week period, Crain’s reported. Multiple online sources note that the 12-week period would most likely start this July.

THE REAL WORLD filmed in Chicago back in 2001 in Wicker Park, at a converted loft space located at 1934 W. North Ave, which is now a Cheetah Gym workout compound. The 2001 production was peppered with protests from locals, complaining that the show would lead to disruption of the neighborhood and accelerated gentrification of Wicker Park… which it pretty much did.

Would you like to be a “cast member” or “contestant” or whatever they call it? Some “cast auditions” were held in Chicago back on March 29th at a local drinking establishment. You can find the official casting page at, though the page has not been updated since April, so the casting period has most likely passed.

As for MTV itself, they have not officially announced the city for their upcoming season. As always, I’ll keep you posted!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at