It's one of the largest film and television studio campuses outside of Hollywood and the occasional home to blockbuster movies and televisions series. Located on the west side of downtown Chicago, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios occupies 1.45 million sq. ft. and specializes in the development, management and operation of studio facilities. Now you can step into the action and enjoy some behind-the-scenes fun at the first annual CineFest Backlot Block Party, August 28-30.

This music and food festival celebrates film and television projects that have been shot in Chicago, from current blockbuster television projects "Empire," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" to silver screen classics including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Blues Brothers," the "Dark Knight" trilogy, "The Untouchables," "The Fugitive," "Home Alone" and more. Scattered around the movie backlot property you'll find exhibits showcasing various props and filmmaking equipment.  

To add to the fun, 30 bands will hit three stages including Bret Michaels of Poison, Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot, The Michael Allman Band, The Chicago Six ('85 Chicago Bears Band with Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael), Carlise Guy and The NuBlue Band (Daughter of Buddy Guy), Mr. Blotto and Roots Rock Society, with more to be announced soon.

Chicago's most popular sweet and savory food trucks will be on hand for Chicago-focused treats. And since the festival grounds are shared between CineSpace Studios and Lagunitas, Chicago's largest craft brewery, Lagunitas will be the featured beer of the event.  

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance, $25 at the door with VIP upgrades available. The event will benefit CineCares, the charitable foundation of CineSpace Studios that provides arts scholarships and supports local civic and children's charities. For tickets or more information, visit or call 630-962-7000. The event is located 2600 W. 16th St. Plenty of parking is located across the street at Western Avenue and 16th Street.