If they could only talk, the old, rusted chains, cavernous ceilings, worn slaughtering tables, and lamb carcasses hanging from meat hooks of Chiappetti Lamb and Veal would have more than their share of stories to tell. Now there is one more.
On April 13 and 14, scenes from the upcoming Fox TV show, Pleading Guilty, were filmed at Chicago’s Oldest Slaughterhouse, Chiappetti Lamb and Veal, 3900 S. Emerald Ave. The show, based on a Scott Turow novel, stars John Larroquette and Harry Potter’s Jason Isaacs as Chicago lawyers dancing along a fine line of corruption. But despite these high-powered actors, Chiappetti might have stolen these scenes, once again proving the value of preserving history.
“Our artists are great,” commented a gaffer on the set, “but with all the original walls and hardware, there is no way they could re-create this place.”
--Submitted by David Witter, author of the coming LCP title, OIdest Chicago (May/June 2010)