It takes a lot of work to make the bad look good on the set of Shameless. For the show’s talented set designers Nina Ruscio and Matt Callahan, it’s all in the details that make the Gallagher’s home feel so real. They actually age the sets to make them look authentic.
Although the show is primarily filmed at a soundstage and other filming locations in Los Angeles, it does shoot in Chicago. The actual Shameless house pictured above is in a low-income Chicago neighborhood. A woman named Vivian Bell has lived in the house for over 40 years. Can you imagine all the drive-bys she gets?