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'Transformers' to set off 'mother of all bombs' during filming

Leave it to Michael Bay to go out with a bang.

The “Transformers: Age of Extinction” director and his crew are scheduled to wrap in Chicago this week, but not before filming what one source with the production called the “mother of all bombs.” The source said the explosion will take place Wednesday afternoon around the silos on S. Damen Avenue and W. 29th Street in the Pilsen area. This is the same site where “Transformers” recently blew up a bridge, while at the same time setting off an impressive fireball.

Bay has been spoiling onlookers with explosions ever since the robots-in-disguise sequel began filming in Chicago, including this past weekend in the Loop.

One stunt Saturday on S. Wacker Drive saw a car flip twice in the air and then crash into the upper level of a double decker bus. Another stunt Sunday on W. Monroe Street featured two cars slamming into each other as pyrotechnics went off around them.

The scenes were set in Hong Kong, just like the filming that took place in the plaza in McCormick Place in late August, and included Hong Kong flags, Chinese street signs and advertisements, and red and white taxis with Chinese writing on them.

And as is common during a “Transformers” shoot, there were plenty of extras running and screaming for their lives.

When he wasn’t destroying our city, I mean Hong Kong, Bay was busy enjoying Chicago’s nightlife. He had dinner Sept. 20 with Mark Wahlberg at Sunda and was spotted Sept. 22 at Public House, Wednesday at The Grid, Friday at Parliament, where he has hung out at least three times in two weeks, and Saturday at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, where he has dined three times in two weeks.

Clearly, Bay has his favorite spots.

lgomez@tribune.com | @TribLuis

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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