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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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, Jan 18 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jan 19 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jan 22 at 6:30 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.

Wed, Jan 25 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Jan 26 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

No Ordinary Art

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

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

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

Teamwork

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

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

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

Musical Ties

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

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

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

On the Water

Wed, Mar 1 at 6:00 pm 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

Slow Art

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

Thu, Mar 16 at 12:30 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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