Jay's Chicago

Jay's Chicago

From people who love ice fishing or are dedicated to improving the lives of neighborhood kids, Jay Shefsky tells some of Chicago's best stories. This series shines a spotlight on ordinary people who do extraordinary things – from pursuing unusual passions, to finding innovative ways to meet daunting challenges, to practicing unique art forms – these individuals make Chicago a lively, interesting, and fun place to live. You'll meet a beehive rescuer, the Zamboni driver at Maggie Daley Park's Ice Skating Ribbon, a woman who wallpapered her home with broken glass, a family who raises goats, a teen YouTube sensation, an owl photographer, an ex-convict turned yoga teacher, and a man who reconstructed a working model of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. And many more…

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Music Makers

A 9-year old conductor and the amazing grade school music program that handed him the baton. A summer camp teaches kids to play the blues. A local Afghan refugee brings an ancient instrument into the 21st century. And, a young Polish immigrant crosses an ocean to make music in Chicago.

Fri, Mar 3 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 3 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Apr 12 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Apr 13 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Apr 17 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

No Ordinary Art

Sun, Mar 5 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Teamwork

Sun, Mar 12 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Musical Ties

Thu, Feb 23 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Feb 26 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Mar 19 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

On the Water

Wed, Mar 1 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 2 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Mar 26 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Food!

A food photographer. Backyard Goats. Produce carts run by low-income entrepreneurs. Kids learn to cook.

Wed, Mar 8 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 9 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Apr 2 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Slow Art

Wed, Mar 15 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 16 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Apr 9 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Past In Present

A man builds a full-scale working replica of the Lincoln Funeral Train. A former racist skinhead leader.

Wed, Mar 22 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 23 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Elders Going Strong

Wed, Mar 29 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 30 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Apr 3 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Wildlife Photographers

Wed, Apr 5 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Apr 6 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Apr 10 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Life's Work

The unlikely owner of a kosher fish market on Devon Avenue. A couple transforms an abandoned lot into an inner city Nature center. And two brothers answer a want ad and inherit a puppet-operal legacy.

Wed, Apr 19 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Apr 20 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Green and Growing

One man battles his suburban condo baord to create native prairie gardens. A synagogue where building green is a matter of faith. The eating habits of the Emerald Ash Borer. And, a threatened great blue heron colony.

Thu, Mar 2 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Forward Motion

Barefoot running - year round! A mad does his time for murder, then returns to his community to give back. Yoga and meditation in Cok County Jail. And, a Chicago program gives each teen a team of mentors.

Mon, Mar 6 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 7 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 7 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Unexpected Art

The unique artistic talent of our own Phil Ponce. A look inside the home of outsider artist Henry Darger. The Field Museum’s artist in residence, and the Chicago man who is a hero in the taxidermy world.

Tue, Mar 7 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Mar 8 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Wed, Mar 8 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Paths to Healing

A doctor in Chinatown doles out herbal remedies. A photographer’s passion brings healing to grieving families. A suburban wrestling coach faces his toughest match, and, equine therapy for people with disabilities.

Wed, Mar 8 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 9 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 9 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Collecting History

A suburban mansion with one of the world's largest collections of automatic musical instruments. A rare book collector’s paradise closes its doors. An overstuffed antique 'ephemera' shop. And one man's passion for Chicago's Century of Progress World's Fair.

Thu, Mar 9 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 10 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 10 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier is the Chicago nanny whose stunning street photography only came to light after her death. This week, the discovery of her work, her meteoric rise to popularity and new research into the life of this mysterious artist.

Mon, Mar 13 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 14 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 14 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Chicago Food Legends

The man who made fast food hamburgers fast. Jay's favorite Chicago potato chip brand. And selling hot dogs with a giant mobile wiener and a Little Oscar.

Tue, Mar 14 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Mar 15 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Wed, Mar 15 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Doing It Differently

A Christian fellowship whose members share all of their income and assets. A Chicago woman on a mission to make composting as common as recycling. And the suburban housewives who created La Leche League and changed the way we feed our babies.

Wed, Mar 15 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 16 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Thu, Mar 16 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Working with Kids

Chicago high school students compete at speaking their mind. Visually impaired grade-schoolers learn judo. Kids learn to love science from real life dinosaur hunter Paul Sereno. And copper artisans from Mexico teach Chicago students their craft.

Thu, Mar 16 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 17 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 17 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

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