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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It's A Living

Jay Shefsky meets people with unusual jobs: Beehive rescuer, racehorse flight attendant, Museum of Science and Industry Train Guy, and classic hat maker.

Mon, Jun 5 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Jun 6 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Jun 6 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

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

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

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

Just Try and Stop Me

Jay Shefsky meets people overcoming obstacles: Youth wheelchair basketball, PTSD service dog, stroke at 30, and sled hockey.

Tue, Jun 6 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 7 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jun 7 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

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

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

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

A Better World

Jay Shefsky meets people improving their communities: Cycling on the South and West Sides; neighborhood mural after gang violence; felon learns yoga in prison, teaches after release; Theaster Gates on art and community.

Wed, Jun 7 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 8 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 8 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

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

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

Mon, Jul 24 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Behind The Scenes Chicago

Jay Shefsky meets people "backstage:" A Zamboni driver at Maggie Daley Park; deep into Deep Tunnel; on the prowl with Rat Control; flying bicycles hidden in the woods.

Thu, Jun 8 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Jun 9 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Fri, Jun 9 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime

Wed, Jul 26 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jul 27 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 31 at 4:00 am 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, May 24 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, May 25 at 12:30 am 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.

Wed, May 31 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 1 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jun 4 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jun 5 at 4:00 am 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.

Wed, Jun 7 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 8 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jun 11 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jun 12 at 4:00 am 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.

Wed, Jun 14 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 15 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jun 18 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jun 19 at 4:00 am 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, Jun 21 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 22 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jun 25 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jun 26 at 4:00 am 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.

Wed, Jun 28 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jun 29 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

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

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