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Bad Girls’ Club Filming Sparks Debate

Oxygen Network show comes to Highland Park and local opinions fly.

Bad Girls Club is filming Season 12 at this lakefront Highland Park house near Egandale Road and Vine Avenue.
Bad Girls Club is filming Season 12 at this lakefront Highland Park house near Egandale Road and Vine Avenue.

Editor's Note--A previous version of this story featured a video of a house which is not where "Bad Girls Club" is filming. Patch received incorrect information on the location. The pictures on the site now show the correct house.

If you happened to be driving by the corner of Egandale Road and Vine Avenue in Highland Park in recent days, you could spy some bad girls, seven of them to be exact.

That is the location where season 12 of the Oxygen Network reality television show is currently filming, according to VEMO. Patch stopped by, saw none of the seven but plans to return.

The arrival of the seven women has started a debate about whether the show should be allowed to film here.

The show focuses on the altercations and physical confrontations of seven highly aggressive, quarrelsome, and unruly women, according to Chicago Tribune community contributor Peter Lubin. Lubin opines the women make their own rules and explains how swearing could be heard throughout a Sherman Oaks neighborhood in the show’s sixth season.

“Bad Girls Club” also has a defender in former Patch and current Highland Park News columnist Sally Higginson. “Like many before them, the Oxygen network has tapped into the primal formula for success: take an upscale neighborhood, mix in a bit of downtown activity and let the cameras roll,” Higginson writes in her current column.

Lubin takes to heart what the people in Sherman Oaks dealt with, according to his Tribune column. A petition drive was started there to ban all future filming. “The local officials must be asleep at the wheel,” he writes about Highland Park.

Higginson defends the filming as part of a Highland Park tradition dating to movies like “Risky Business” with Tom Cruise. “Face it. Shelton’s wasn’t shuttered because of its prominence in a film featuring an adolescent Tom Cruise dancing in his jockeys, hooking up on the EL, or hosting the party of a lifetime while his parents were out of town, she writes. “We should continue to welcome the outliers, even if they are only in our midst for an episode, a season, a series.”

If you are looking for a film crew engaging in something a little less controversial, you can see if Jimmy Johns is still making a commercial at Ravine Drive and Linden Avenue. They are doing two in Highland Park.

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sibuna September 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Steve should switch to Moe-Tai's.
Jerry N September 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Are the Cast and Crew spending $$ at local businesses? Then its all Good!
maryann garling September 15, 2013 at 02:36 AM
yes they are!!! they have been spottef shopping in walgreens and target. I have seen 2 if them personaly. They were very nice and sweey. They didnt show any negative vibes .
Chris Good September 15, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I was told BGC was also spotted filming at Progress bar in Chicago not that long ago, too.

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