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Transforming Chicago

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You may have noticed the Loop looks a little out-of-sorts -- well, more like a bomb went off in the center of the city.

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Get a little closer to the damage, and you'll see that the piles of blown-up pavement in front of City Hall are nothing more than sculpted blocks of foam -- it's all part of filming for the action flick 'Transformers 3.'

The third installment of the movie about vehicles that unfold into battling robots, began filming in Chicago this weekend and will continue through Aug. 23, bringing with it intermittent street closures and CTA reroutes.

LaSalle Street will be closed between Wacker Drive and Jackson until 5 a.m. Monday for the filming, which city officials estimate will inject $20 million into the local economy. The crew will leave Monday for Milwaukee, but will return to film on Michigan Avenue later in the week.

I think it goes without saying that you may want to plan a little extra commute time.

However, this is also a great opportunity to grab your friends, family and camera and check out how a huge-budget film such as 'Transformers 3' is made. Another bonus: Fans have told the Sun-Times that they've gotten up close and personal with the film's star Shia LaBeouf.

Click here to check out more photos of the filming from Saturday.

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