'Chicago Fire' to no longer film inside Lottie's Pub

"Chicago Fire" films at Lottie's Pub

"Chicago Fire" films at Lottie's Pub April 12, 2013. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune)

The bar you saw regularly on NBC’s “Chicago Fire” last season and will continue to see for about the first half of this season is Lottie’s Pub in Bucktown. The bar you’ll see on the firefighter drama later this season? That will be a set made to look like Lottie’s, built on a sound stage at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

“It will make (the show’s crew’s) life easier,” said Lottie’s co-owner Mark Domitrovich. “With (‘Chicago Fire’ spin-off) ‘Chicago PD’ also filming at the bar, it got to be a bit much. It’s just such a big part of the story. For them to have to pay to shut us down a day, set up, break everything down — it was a lot of work on their end.”

Molly’s, as the bar is known on the show, was purchased by two firemen and a paramedic following a fire in the “Chicago Fire” storyline. Domitrovich said the second season of the show, which premieres Tuesday, has been shooting at Lottie’s often and will film there this week. He was told the show will continue to film exterior scenes outside of Lottie’s even after the set is built. Attempts to reach “Chicago Fire” producers were unsuccessful.

Will Domitrovich miss having the show shoot interior scenes at Lottie’s?

“Yeah, to a degree,” he said. “It was a bit of an inconvenience to shut down business on a few Friday nights, but they’ve been great to us and have really taken care of us. And then there’s the novelty. It was fun having them around.”

lgomez@tribune.com

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