Films Made at Slaymaker Gallery

Films made at Slaymaker Gallery

• Wanted | Starring: Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy

• Public Enemies | Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard

• The Untouchables | Starring: Robert DeNiro, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery

• Only the Lonely | Starring: John Candy, Jim Belushi, Ally Sheedy

• State Farm Insurance Commercial

• One Small Hitch | Starring: Shane McRae, Aubrey Dollar, Daniel J. Travanti, Woody Slaymaker

•  Dhoom 3 | Starring: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra, Tabrett Bethell

Article from Art Business News Magazine

Slaymaker Fine Art was left starstruck after two major Hollywood productions took over its Chicago-based building in the past year. Universal Pictures’ "Wanted," starring Angelina Joie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman, and “Public Enemies,” starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, used both the interior and exterior of the Slaymaker Gallery as set locations to shoot scenes for these blockbuster films.

In August 2007, studio executives approached owner Woody Slaymaker and asked to use the roof of his classic turn-of-the-century building to take some key shots for the production of "Wanted," released in June 2008. A few months later, famed film director, Michael Mann came to scout the interior of Slaymaker’s gallery for "Public Enemies," to be released in July 2009.

The 14,000-square-foot building was originally built for the Burnishine Metal and Polish Company, founded in 1896. After that, it served as an antique shop for more than 60 years. The building has four floors that are divided into sections, making it perfect for Hollywood stagehands to transform each individual section to suit their needs.

Because "Public Enemies" is a film about 1930s gangsters John Dillinger and "Baby Face" Nelson, the classic look of the Slaymaker Gallery lent itself perfectly to the film’s setting.

"The front section was originally built to be a showroom for the Burnishine Metal and Polish Comapany," Slaymaker says. "They came in and turned it into a cigar store for John Dillinger movie."

The third floor, the main art showroom was turned into a gambling area for horse race bets. More than 45 carpenters built all new walls with mounted chalkboards and phone-bank systems for more than 80 bookies answering calls. "They also used part of it for Frank Nitti’s office, which was Al Capone’s right-hand man," Slaymaker explains.

Slaymaker says it was amazing to see his gallery transformed into a Hollywood set. "It was really strange," Slaymaker recalls. "I actually ended up sitting in a little closet, trying to make business calls, trying to keep my art business going. While it was going on, there were 450 people running around here."

The building has been used for other films in the past, including John Candy’s "Only the Lonely" and the cinematic classic "The Untouchables."

Public Enemies

Martha Slaymaker, Fanji Slaymaker, Johny Depp, Elisabye Slaymaker

Filming Scene

The Untouchables

One Small Hitch

An extra, Daniel J. Travanti and Woody Slaymaker, Janet Brooks