Why a One Chicago crossover event won’t be happening in 2024

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Run Like Hell" Episode 1114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Amy Morton as Trudy -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Run Like Hell" Episode 1114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Amy Morton as Trudy -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

We all want a crossover event. It was the best kind of mayhem when all three One Chicago shows linked up for a connected storyline in 2016, and the franchise managed to top itself in 2018 with the three-part episode “Infection”. Fans have been itching for another ever since, and while One Chicago has gotten close a couple times, things have repeatedly gotten in the way.

The first big thing was the pandemic. Former Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas claimed that there were plans to bring all three shows together before the 2020 seasons were cut short, but safety guidelines and a compacted scheduled meant that the crossover idea had to be put on ice. Unfortunately, the next two years came and went without updates, and all signs point to 2024 being more of the same.

Will there be a One Chicago crossover in 2024?

There are a few reasons why a crossover event in 2024 is unlikely. For one, each of the shows has undergone massive changes with regards to their ensemble, and will be trying to rebuild with all new characters. Chicago Med is perhaps the most notable example of this, as they lost several characters during season 8 and will be forced to fill the Gaffney Medical Center team with fresh faces.

Trying to stage a crossover event while at the same time trying to establish new characters could be a gigantic mess, and actually hurt the quality of the show/characters in the long run. Then there is the practical matter of the writers and actors strikes. All three One Chicago shows were delayed to 2024, and while things appear to be looking up, the shows will still be on a time crunch when they inevitably return.

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Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD will all have shortened seasons, which means less time to resolve and develop storylines that they teased in the seasons prior. This means the writers will have to be smart and economic with the amount of screen time they have, and things like massive crossovers will fall by the wayside.

It’s an unfortunate side effect of the everything that has been going on behind the scenes, but we’d much rather wait on a quality crossover event that suffer through something that was rushed and ultimately fails to do justice to the crossover storylines that proceeded it.

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