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It's showtime for 'Shameless' stars in Chicago

“The Chicago Code” and “The Playboy Club” didn’t make it to a second season, but fellow Chicago-based TV series “Shameless” did. And it has been filming exterior scenes for Season 2 — which premieres on Showtime Jan. 8 — in Chicago since Nov. 7.

As was the case in season one, the North Lawndale area on the West Side has served as the setting for the Gallagher family’s neighborhood. Filming has also taken place at the Chicago and Franklin Brown Line “L” station, inside Trump International Hotel & Tower and around the Riverwalk.

When the cast isn’t shooting, it has taken advantage of its week in Chicago by shopping and dining out (all but the show’s exterior scenes are filmed in Los Angeles).

Emmy Rossum (Fiona Gallagher) and Justin Chatwin (Steve) checked out The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen in the South Loop Tuesday. Rossum also shopped at Sofia boutique in the Gold Coast Friday along with Shanola Hampton (Veronica Fisher) and picked up diamond earrings, among other things.

“I'm going to wear my earrings out on the town tonight!” Rossum tweeted.

They joined co-stars Cameron Monaghan (Ian Gallagher), Jeremy Allen White (Lip Gallagher) and Steve Howey (Kevin Ball) for a cast dinner at Paris Club later that night. Afterward, some of the cast headed upstairs to Studio Paris, where they were joined by Chatwin, who had attended the Blackhawks-Calgary Flames game at the United Center that night. Rossum and Hampton had brunch at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab the next morning.

It appears the stars haven’t taken a break from working out either during their stay in Chicago. Rossum took a spinning class Nov. 7 at Gold Coast cycling studio Flywheel, which, according to her tweet, “kicked my BUTT!” Chatwin did yoga at Exhale Spa in the Gold Coast Wednesday and Sunday.

Shooting in Chicago is expected to wrap Monday. The cast, including William H. Macy (Frank Gallagher), will tape an episode of “The Rosie Show” at Harpo Studios in the West Loop Tuesday.

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