‘Divergent’ Updates: New photos and filming location details for the 600 S. Wells St shoot in Chicago

The Divergent set that has been taking shape at 600 S. Wells St in Chicago was the very first filming location we heard about way back in March and now it looks like they will finally be utilizing the site for filming this week. Since first learning of the location, we’ve realized crews have been building the movie’s Abnegation Houses on what was once an abandoned lot.

One of our readers, Andy, shared several photos of the set as it looks now. As you can see the buildings are nearly complete and the grounds have been landscaped with new grass and gravel paths.

With construction nearly done, filming is expected to begin on Wednesday, June 12. Here are several permits that have been posted around the neighbor, all explaining filming will begin at the S. Wells St location on early Wednesday (6/12) morning and run through Saturday (6/15) evening.

The movie is based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novel about a teenage girl living in a dystopian Chicago. Shailene Woodley stars as lead character Tris and Theo James stars as Four.

If you use our tips to see Divergent filming in Chicago, be sure to send us your reports and photos via email at olv@onlocationvacations.com! If you spot them at a new location, be sure to let us know about that, too!

Thanks to Andy, Matthew, ‏@hailtotheorange, Favi712 SHGfilmspy for sharing their scoop!

And, as a bonus, here is a look at the Madison St and Canal St location where they shot this past weekend, again thank to Andy!


  1. They are also filming a couple blocks south of there in the lower levels of the “Roosevelt Collection” (under the Showplace Icon Theater) next to the Metra railroad tracks. Huge crew set up there this morning (6/13)


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