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Sirens Behaving Badly

"Residents of a quiet block in Wicker Park are furious after they were awakened in the wee hours of the morning Monday by a police siren and bullhorn to move their cars for a television filming crew," Alicia Hauser reports for DNAinfo Chicago

A 46-year-old mother of three who lives in the 1500 block of North Elk Grove Avenue said she "thought it was an air raid," but the cause for the commotion was actually a new half-hour comedy series, Sirens.

After reparking her car, the woman, who asked not be named, fired off an angry email at 2:23 a.m. to a staffer in Ald. Joe Moreno's (1st) office and the Chicago Film Office.

"We just got back inside my home from having to move our cars because a police squad came down the street at approximately 1:40 a.m. blasting their siren and announcing that all cars on Elk Grove must be moved or will be ticketed and towed. When we came out, the officer told us it was for filming," the resident wrote.

Fox 32's Dane Placko also jumped on the story.

Ah, the magic of Hollywood. Who wouldn't welcome some TV glamour to their humble neighborhood block?

Just don't ask Regina and Joshua Burnett.

"After last night, that was the final straw. I just want to see them go. Get out of the neighborhood. I'm done with it," Joshua says.


Sirens is co-produced by Denis Leary and "about Chicago EMTs who have their act together at work but are a mess in their personal lives."

Here's an idea: A show about a TV crew who are simply a mess.


Comments welcome.


1. From Steve Rhodes:

I live next to the house they filmed at on Wicker Park Avenue and the TV people showed up before 5 a.m. louder than the frat boys at bar time who troll the neighborhood. They were louder than the freakin' dogs in the dog park, and I don't mean setting up the equipment but just standing around holding court. I could sleep through a Metallica concert in my kitchen, and the Blue Line runs through my backyard; I'm the last person to be bothered by this sort of thing, but booming voices in the still of the early morning in a dense residential area is beyond inconsiderate. I've enjoyed movies and TV shows being shot in the building I live in and around the neighborhood, but I have to agree with Joshua Burnett: Enough.

2. Sirens Apology Letter.

3. From Rebecca Gleason:

Just wondering what kind of gift certificate you received for a Wicker Park business and for how much. I will tell you that to us rubes out here in the suburbs this deal sounds great. You might just get a free taco out of the whole thing.


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