The producer told Assignment X that the city of Chicago is "absolutely a character" in the series.
"It's more than just a cop show, because it's really about Chicago," he explained. "It's about municipal corruption [and] it's about the specific character of the city and how things get done there."
He continued: "It's about the first female police superintendent of the city and... her old partner, who is still a detective on the street, and they team up [to] track down this... larger corruption in the system. So it's definitely more than just, here's a dead body, here's a case."
Minear also explaining the reasoning behind changing the show's name from the original title, Ridealong.
"Ridealong is a great title, but it doesn't maybe have the specificity of The Chicago Code," he said. "[The new title] may not be as poetic as [the old one, and] it may be a little more unsubtle and on the nose, but I think... your title needs to be part of your marketing. It needs to say something to the audience to break through the noise of everything else that's out there."
The Chicago Code will premiere on February 7 on Fox.