'Transformers' brings pyrotechnics to Pilsen neighborhood

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” returned to the abandoned Santa Fe Grain Elevators in the Pilsen neighborhood Wednesday to — what else? — set off an explosion.

Damen Avenue was briefly shut down and onlookers were kept at a far distance during the pyrotechnics, which involved flames and clouds of smoke but not the massive fireball that flared up in September.

Like many of the scenes that have filmed in Chicago, this one appeared to be set in Hong Kong, judging by the Chinese characters on the silos.

It's unclear which, if any, of the actors were on the set for the shoot, but I do know star Mark Wahlberg was still in town. He had dinner with the Bulls' Jimmy Butler Wednesday night at Jellyfish in the Gold Coast.

Also still in town? The red and blue semi known to "Transformers" fans as Optimus Prime, which arrived to the Santa Fe Grain Elevators hours after the explosion.

 “Transformers” is scheduled to wrap in Chicago this week.

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