‘Chicago Fire’ Will Feature Iconic City Landmark in Upcoming Episode

by Jennifer Shea
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The cast of Chicago Fire took a trip to the Shedd Aquarium recently. And it looks like the iconic Chicago landmark may feature in an upcoming episode of the NBC series.

The show’s gaffer and second unit director, Anthony Lullo, recently posted a picture of Brett actress Kara Killmer strumming a ukelele in the aquarium. See the behind-the-scenes snap for yourself here:

Chicago Fire Takes a Field Trip to the Shedd Aquarium

In visiting the aquarium, Chicago Fire was choosing to incorporate a Chicago mainstay into its latest season. In an average year, nearly 2 million visitors pass through Shedd, according to its website. The aquarium is currently requiring advance purchase of tickets for scheduled visits, and all visitors must wear masks. But it is open despite the pandemic.

The aquarium was named for John Graves Shedd, a former chairman of the board of Marshall Field & Company. He died before he was able to see the aquarium open. But his vision lives on nearly a century later. And the $3.25 million it cost to build the aquarium at that time seems relatively thrifty compared to the $225 million in construction costs that would come with building it today.

As one of the biggest indoor aquariums in the world, Shedd has expanded from 225,000 square feet when it opened in 1930 to 480,500 square feet now. The National Park Service declared the aquarium’s front façade a national historic landmark in 1987.

In 2007, the Shedd Aquarium beat out the Field Museum as the most popular tourist attraction in the city, per One Chicago Center. In recent years, it has served as a backdrop for everything from documentaries to dramas, among them Kid Guides, Window to the Sea and The Chi.

Will Brett Rethink Her Relationship with Casey?

On Chicago Fire, Killmer’s character is currently in a long-distance relationship with Casey (Jesse Spencer). Will the time at the aquarium afford her a chance to reflect on where things are going with Casey?

Chicago Fire executive producer Derek Haas recently spoke to TV Insider about the Brett-Casey relationship. He said it’s going to wear on Brett, but there should be some interesting developments for that character before the season is through.

“We’re going to see some after-effects with Brett,” Haas told TV Insider. “It’s going to be hard on Brett going into a long-distance relationship and not knowing what the rules are of a long-distance relationship. All of that will be a big part of what’s going on at the beginning of the season.”

Still, Haas teased “some interesting storylines” in the near future for Brett. “It’s not going to take you to the end of the season to see some Brett developments,” he said.

Will the Shedd Aquarium be a part of those interesting developments? Time will tell. But it will certainly make for a picturesque backdrop, either way.