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In 2011, Nick Mirkopoulos transformed what was a 50-acre industrial lot in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago into what is today – the largest sound stage for film in the U.S. outside of California. Movie and TV shows filmed here, including Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Empire, have brought thousands of jobs to North Lawndale and over a billion dollars of revenue to our city and state.

In 2014, Nick's family established the CineCares Foundation in his honor. His love for Chicago and his generous, devoted attention to disadvantaged youth and their families coalesced into a strong desire to make a real difference in their lives by making industry-focused resources available to them. CineCares is now devoted to training and employing area residents through education and job training in TV & Film.


CineCares invests in innovative, sustainable programs that empower the residents of Chicago through education and job training.


CineCares Foundation
2621 W. 15th Place
Chicago, IL 60608