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`Sirens` films in Wicker Park, residents get early morning wake-up

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Ah, the magic of Hollywood. Who wouldn't welcome some TV glamour to their humble neighborhood block?

Just don't ask Regina and Joshua Burnett.

"After last night, that was the final straw. I just want to see them go. Get out of the neighborhood. I'm done with it," Joshua says.

The Burnetts and their neighbors in the 1500-block of Elk Grove Avenue say they were knocked out of bed at 1 o'clock Monday morning by Chicago police sirens and an officer shouting on a bullhorn.

"Woke both kids up. I have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old," Joshua continues. "They were up about an hour."

"The concern was that something more nefarious was happening here," he adds. "So we woke up in a state of panic. She's freaking out on me asking if all the doors were locked."

But it wasn't some sort of emergency. Instead, the officer was ordering residents to move their cars or face a ticket and tow. That's because the street was being closed to park trucks for a nearby film crew, although the Burnetts say there were no signs on their side of the street.

"I'm all for something that produces revenue," Regina says. "My kids think the movie thing is very cool. It was fun to watch, but that was way over the line. That was a bit ridiculous."

The name of the show that prompted the police siren is, believe it or not, "Sirens"--a sitcom about paramedics scheduled to air next year on the USA Network.

Nobody on the film shoot would talk on camera.

1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, who represents that part of Wicker Park, said in a statement: "We share and completely understand people's annoyance about this. My staff and I are looking into it and trying to figure out what went wrong and why."

"There has to have been a better way," Joshua tells FOX 32. "A better tactic than waking up the entire neighborhood because they forgot to post street signs. It really was irritating."

The TV show "Sirens" is wrapping up its shoot in Wicker Park soon, which those residents say is good news. However, there are three other TV shows shooting in Wicker Park currently, so the city continues to try to walk the fine line between economic impact and neighborhood inconvenience.

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