Chicago Fire (TV series)

Chicago Fire
Created by
Composer(s) Atli Örvarsson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 99 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10) – present
Related shows
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Chicago Fire is an American action-drama television series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally premiered on October 10, 2012.[1] The show follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department at the firehouse of Engine 51, Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61 and Battalion 25. The pilot episode had an early release at, before the series' premiere on television.[2]

On March 27, 2013, NBC announced plans for a possible spin-off of Chicago Fire.[3] NBC greenlit the police procedural spin-off series, under the title Chicago P.D., which premiered on January 8, 2014.[4] On May 1, 2015, NBC ordered another spin-off of Chicago Fire, a medical drama called Chicago Med, which premiered on November 17, 2015.

On November 9, 2015, NBC renewed the series for a fifth season.[5][6] The season premiered on October 11, 2016.[7]


The show explores the lives, both professional and personal, of the firefighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department at the quarters of Engine Co. 51; Truck Co. 81; Rescue Squad Co. 3; and Ambulance 61. Following the death of veteran Firefighter Andrew Darden, loyalties fracture and divide as Lieutenant Matthew Casey, officer-in-charge of Truck Co. 81, and Lieutenant Kelly Severide, officer-in-charge of Squad Co. 3, both blame one another for the death of their long-time friend and colleague. Severide is consumed with more guilt when he learns Darden's wife also blames him for the tragedy. Despite their differences, the firehouse comes together after the near death of Truck Co. 81 Firefighter Christopher Herrmann.

New to the station is Firefighter Candidate Peter Mills, the Candidate assigned to Truck Co. 81, who is following in the footsteps of his late father and trying to find his place, over the objections of his mother. Alongside the firefighters are Paramedics Gabriela Dawson and Leslie Shay, the only women in the firehouse. Under the leadership of 25th Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, the firehouse faces life or death decisions every day, but look to each other like family, making sure to look out for each other, no matter what happens. Chicago Fire's tagline is "This Family Burns Deep".



Name Portrayed by Position Assignment Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Matthew Casey Jesse Spencer Lieutenant Truck Co. 81 Main
Kelly Severide Taylor Kinney Lieutenant Rescue Squad Co. 3 Main
Gabriela Dawson Monica Raymund Paramedic in Charge / Firefighter / Firefighter 1st Class Ambulance No. 61 / Truck Co. 81 / OFI Main
Leslie Elizabeth Shay Lauren German Paramedic Ambulance No. 61 Main Guest[lower-alpha 1]
Peter Mills Charlie Barnett Firefighter/Paramedic in Charge Truck Co. 81 / Squad 3 / Ambulance No. 61 Main
Christopher Herrmann David Eigenberg Firefighter[lower-alpha 2] Truck Co. 81 Main[lower-alpha 3]
Dr. Hallie Thomas Teri Reeves Resident Physician Lakeshore Hospital Main[lower-alpha 3]
Wallace Boden Eamonn Walker Battalion Chief Battalion 25 Main
Brian "Otis" Zvonecek Yuri Sardarov Firefighter/Engineer Truck Co. 81 Recurring Main
Randall "Mouch" McHolland Christian Stolte Firefighter Truck Co. 81 Recurring Main
Joe Cruz Joe Minoso Firefighter/Engineer Truck Co. 81/Squad 3 Recurring Main
Sylvie Brett Kara Killmer Paramedic in Charge Ambulance No. 61 Main
Jessica "Chili" Chilton Dora Madison Paramedic in Charge Ambulance No. 61 Guest Main[lower-alpha 4]
Jimmy Borelli Steven R. McQueen Firefighter Candidate/Paramedic Truck Co. 81/Ambulance No. 61 Main[lower-alpha 5]
Stella Kidd Miranda Rae Mayo Firefighter Truck Co. 81 Recurring Main
  1. Only appeared in one episode
  2. Passes the Lieutenant's test during season 2, promotion pending.
  3. 1 2 Received main billing only in the episodes in which they appeared during season 1
  4. Episodes 1–14 only.
  5. Episodes 1–2 of Season 5 only.




SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen Ratings
First airedLast airedRankAverage viewers
124October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10)May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)517.78[13]
222September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)319.70[14]
323September 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)479.65[15]
423October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)3110.47[16]
5TBAOctober 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)TBATBATBA




The series pilot, co-written by creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, was filmed in Chicago and, according to an NBC representative, the series will continue to be filmed there.[22] Producer John L. Roman was involved from the beginning having worked with the Chicago Fire Department and Deputy District Chief Steve "Chik" Chikerotis on Backdraft.[23] Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel made an appearance in the series' pilot episode. Emanuel stated: "It's easier being mayor than playing mayor. I told them I'd do it under one condition: the TV show is making an investment to the Firefighters' Widows and Orphans Fund."[24]

The network placed an order for the series in May 2012.[25] After receiving an additional script order in October, Chicago Fire was picked up for a full season on November 8, 2012.[26][27] On January 29, 2013, Chicago Fire had its episode total increased from 22 to 23.[28] One week later, on February 6, 2013, Chicago Fire received one more episode, giving it a total of 24 episodes for season one.[29]


The building used in the show as the firehouse is a working Chicago Fire Department firehouse, and is the headquarters of Engine 18, located at 1360 South Blue Island Avenue at Maxwell Street, between 13th & Racine. Housed here is ALS Engine 18, 2–2–1 (Deputy District Chief – 1st District), 2–1–21 (1st District Chief), 6–4–16 (High-Rise Response Unit), and ALS Ambulance 65. The station house used in Chicago PD is just a few blocks away at 949 West Maxwell Street at Morgan Street.

Chicago artist and retired firefighter Lee J. Kowalski's oil paintings of fire scenes can be spotted in several episodes.

Molly's, a small bar owned by Herrmann, Otis and Dawson, is filmed at Lotties in Bucktown.[30][31] Filming no longer takes place on location to avoid disrupting business. Instead, the interior and exterior surroundings were recreated at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.[32]

In November 2012, WGN-TV reported a plane crash at 29th and Martin Luther King Drive on their morning newscast and showed live footage for a few minutes before realizing it was merely a set piece pre-staged for Chicago Fire and not an actual emergency situation.[33]


The first season currently holds a score of 49 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating mixed to average reviews.

Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
Date Premiere viewers
Date Finale viewers
1 Wednesday 10:00 PM 24 October 10, 2012 6.61[34] May 22, 2013 6.13[35] 2012–13 51 7.78[36]
2 Tuesday 10:00 PM 22 September 24, 2013 8.90[37] May 13, 2014 7.12[38] 2013–14 31 9.70[14]
3 23 September 23, 2014 9.14[39] May 12, 2015 6.66[40] 2014–15 47 9.65[15]
4 23 October 13, 2015 7.37[41] May 17, 2016 7.91[42] 2015–16 31 10.47[16]
5 October 11, 2016 7.52[43] 2016–17 31


On March 27, 2013, NBC announced plans for a proposed spin-off of Chicago Fire, the police procedural drama Chicago P.D. that would involve the Chicago Police Department, the spin-off series being created and produced by Dick Wolf, with Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, and Matt Olmstead serving as executive producers.[3][44] It premiered on January 8, 2014.

The show follows an Intelligence Unit of the police and is filmed entirely in Chicago. The main cast includes Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick Flueger, Elias Koteas, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins and Archie Kao.

In February 2015, NBC announced plans to make another spinoff, the medical drama Chicago Med. A special backdoor pilot episode of the show aired during Chicago Fire's third season.[45] On May 1, 2015, Chicago Med was officially ordered to a series,[46] starring Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto, Rachel DiPillo, Marlyne Barrett, Colin Donnell and Brian Tee.

Broadcast and streaming

Chicago Fire is broadcast by NBC in the United States. The latest five episodes of Chicago Fire are available on Hulu with a subscription.[47] Season 4 is available on[48] and the NBC app[49] with a cable subscription. All episodes are available from electronic sell-through platforms such as iTunes,[50] Amazon Instant Video,[51] and Vudu.[52]

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Chicago Fire
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Television Series Chicago Fire Won
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress/Television Monica Raymund Won
Best Primetime Television Program Chicago Fire Nominated
Best Actor/Television Joe Minoso Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Sound in a Series Jeffery Kaplan, Todd Morrissey, Peter Reale, Alex Riordan Nominated
Prism Awards Best Drama Episode – "Professional Courtesey" Chicago Fire Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Action Chicago Fire Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Action Jesse Spencer Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Action Monica Raymund Nominated
2014 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor/Television Joe Minoso Nominated
Best Supporting Actress/Television Monica Raymund Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Chicago Fire Nominated
2015 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor/Television Joe Minoso Nominated
Best Supporting Actress/Television Monica Raymund Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Chicago Fire Nominated
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Taylor Kinney Nominated
Favorite TV Character We Miss Most Lauren German Nominated
Prism Awards Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Mental Health Chicago Fire Won
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Taylor Kinney Won
Prism Awards Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Substance Use Chicago Fire Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards[53] Best Supporting Actor/Television Joe Minoso Nominated
Best Supporting Actress/Television Monica Raymund Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Chicago Fire Pending
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Taylor Kinney Pending


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