Elburn becomes filming location for new HBO series, Producer Jess Raines shares stories about her hometown

A set from the new HBO series Lovecraft Country in Elburn (Mike Lamczyk)

Schmidt’s Towne Tap became Healy Hotel, Ream’s Meat Market is a 1950’s diner and for a small town girl and WGN Radio producer Jess Raines, her hometown is now called Simmonsville. Route 47 and Main Street in Elburn has been closed down for the filming of a new HBO series called Lovecraft Country, which tells the story of a man driving across country in 1955 in search for his missing father. The show is being produced by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele, best known for directing “Get Out,” which was a box office hit. Tune in as Roger Badesch and Jim Turano hear Jess Raines and Orion Samuelson talk about their favorite aspects of small town living.