What to watch on TV: Jay’s Chicago.
I discovered this show in January. Just getting around to writing this up. Host Jay Shefsky goes around the Chicagoland area and interviews ordinary people. Each episode has two or more segments sometimes with related themes.
When: Schedule below
Where: WTTW, WTTW Prime, online
Here’s what the website says (redacted)
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.
On The Water
Playing, working, and racing on Illinois Lakes and Rivers. A sailing camp at the Jackson Park Yacht Club. The surprising process of breeding Walleye. A champion ice boater. The ‘Original Redneck Fishin Tournament’. And, Jay climbs aboard the tugboat Kimberly Selvick for a day of moving barges on the Calumet River.
Tue, Apr 9 at 6:29 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, Apr 9 at 11:29 pm on WTTW Prime
Thu, Apr 11 at 10:30 pm on WTTW11
Fri, Apr 12 at 8:30 am on WTTW Prime
Fri, Apr 12 at 4:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Sun, Apr 14 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime
A collection of Chicago lore. The bizarre Max Headroom incident, New technology to revisit the Eastland Disaster. And behind the scenes at some Chicago food staples: hot dogs, buns, tortillas and pita.
Mon, Apr 8 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Thu, May 23 at 10:30 pm on WTTW11
Fri, May 24 at 8:30 am on WTTW Prime
Fri, May 24 at 4:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, May 27 at 4:30 am on WTTW11
Tue, May 28 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, May 28 at 11:30 pm on WTTW Prime
I Love My Job
Five Chicagoans and the jobs they love. A professional drone racer. A pioneering Black flight attendant. A photographer/activist in Pilsen. An art conservator who works for free. The king of giant globes.
Sun, Apr 14 at 12:00 pm on WTTW11
Tue, Apr 16 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, Apr 16 at 11:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Thu, Apr 18 at 10:30 pm on WTTW11
Fri, Apr 19 at 8:30 am on WTTW Prime
Fri, Apr 19 at 4:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, Apr 22 at 4:30 am on WTTW11
Tue, Apr 30 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, Apr 30 at 11:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Sun, May 5 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime
Mon, May 6 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
In The Club
Some of the oldest, coolest and most surprising clubs in Chicago. One of the oldest Black women’s golf clubs in America. An Italian Bocce Club. A Chicago skating club with a nationally-known homegrown skating style. A South Side yacht club defying stereotypes. And longtime punk rockers with pretty surprising day jobs.
Mon, Apr 15 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
On the beat with Chicago musicians. A Chicago gospel great who toured with Paul Simon. A beloved folk trio turns 25. Saying goodbye to a bluesman who was also the genre’s biggest fan. A soul singer with a killer voice and surprising immigrant backstory. And the Chicago Accordion Club.
Mon, Apr 22 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Four stories of great personal discoveries. Chicago Survivors offers free support services to the families of every homicide victim in Chicago. A valuable find at a local Salvation Army store. A woman who got her first tattoo at age 75. Bosnian refugees gather to knit, crochet and heal.
Mon, Apr 29 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
In The Family
Behind the scenes at five family businesses. An old-time bait shop kept alive by the daughter. A vintage prop goldmine. Three generations of an African American hair care company. Descendants of an immigrant shoemaker carry on the family trade. Seven young kids join their dad in a family band.
Thu, May 2 at 10:30 pm on WTTW11
Fri, May 3 at 8:30 am on WTTW Prime
Fri, May 3 at 4:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, May 6 at 4:30 am on WTTW11
Tue, May 7 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, May 7 at 11:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Sun, May 12 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime
Mon, May 13 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Food stories, including: a farmer who grows over 100 varieties of heirloom apples. Afghan war vets work to rebuild Afghanistan with saffron. A Chicago high school teaches farming. Chicago’s king of exotic mushrooms. Urban gardens run by refugees who were farmers back home.
Thu, May 9 at 10:30 pm on WTTW11
Fri, May 10 at 8:30 am on WTTW Prime
Fri, May 10 at 4:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, May 13 at 4:30 am on WTTW11
Tue, May 14 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, May 14 at 11:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Sun, May 19 at 6:30 am on WTTW Prime
Mon, May 20 at 12:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Five Chicagoans having an impact. A photographer uses his talent to help shelter dogs find homes. A scuba diver brings the healing power of his sport to vets and others with PTSD and physical disabilities. Greater independence for adults with intellectual disabilities. Suburban women turn their neighbors’ high end possessions into support for Chicago charities. And a couple finds that telling their story of Alzheimer’s not only brings them some healing, but teaches others how to treat the disease.
Mon, May 20 at 4:30 am on WTTW11
Tue, May 21 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime
Tue, May 21 at 11:30 pm on WTTW Prime