ELMHURST – Chicago-area snow flurries couldn't keep Hollywood from descending on suburban Elmhurst, as TV crews set up shop April 5 near the Elmhurst Quarry.
They brought with them trailers, bright lights and a large truck as they filmed a campfire scene for an untitled Fox pilot from "Empire" co-creator Danny Strong and movie writer David Elliot.
According to entertainment media reports, Fox picked up a one-hour legal drama from the duo, set in a wrongful conviction law firm.
Announced cast members include Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith, Brian d’Arcy James and Nikki M. James.
Neighbors of the quarry were notified via letter a TV show would be filming. Filming was scheduled to take place from noon to midnight April 5, with limited pre-production activity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4, according to the filming notice.
At about 5 p.m. April 5, a large truck with a light was parked near the quarry, limiting vehicular access on nearby streets. The campfire was scheduled to be staged at about 7 p.m., with smoke and low-lying fog in the west side of the quarry.
This was not the quarry's first time in the limelight. NBC's "Chicago Fire" filmed there in April 2015, allowing local fans to meet the show's stars, including Jesse Spencer.