Chicago's Lakefront with Geoffrey Baer

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Geoffrey Baer
Writer and Host

Geoffrey Baer is an Emmy Award winning producer for WTTW. He is best known as the host and writer of WTTW's popular Chicago-area tour programs such as Chicago by Boat, The New River Tour, Chicago by 'L', Chicago's North Shore, and six full-length documentaries about virtually all of Chicago’s suburban areas. Most recently he took viewers on a culinary tour in The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History and explored the surprising side of the city in Hidden Chicago. He is also a regular on Chicago Tonight, and was Executive Producer of the weekly cultural magazine show Artbeat Chicago and of the weekly documentary series Chicago Stories. In addition to his Chicago tour programs he has written and produced numerous other documentaries and cultural/entertainment specials for WTTW and PBS. These include a two-part history of Chicago's Jewish community, a documentary about the history of theatre in Chicago (seen nationally on PBS), and documentaries about his adventure sailing the Chicago to Mackinac race and the preservation of the Farnsworth House. He is also a long-time docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Geoffrey has a master's degree in theatre from Northwestern University. He is a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society and an emeritus board member of Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Dan Protess

Dan Protess is a producer at WTTW 11, Chicago's public television station. His most recent credits include Producer and Writer of the Emmy-winning, James Beard-nominated The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History and Producer of The Fox River Valley and Chain O' Lakes. He also produces public affairs and historical programming for Chicago Tonight, the station's nightly newsmagazine program. He began his career at WTTW 11 in 1999 as the Associate Producer of Chicago's Lakefront, and the Associate Producer and Writer of A Justice That Heals, a WTTW documentary that was shown on ABC's Nightline. He went on to produce numerous programs for Chicago Stories, an historical documentary series, including Jewish Chicago, Chicago's First Mexican Church, Chicago's 1919 Race Riots, and numerous profiles of local luminaries such as Dan Rostenkowski, Lois Weisberg, and Father Andrew Greeley.

Special thanks to:
Lakeshore Sail Charters
Loeber Motors

Full Credits

Written and Hosted by
Geoffrey Baer

Dan Protess

Tom Siegel

Paul Thornton

Associate Producer
Sara Medlin

Associate Producer and Researcher
Susan Godfrey

Original Score by
Nicholas Tremulis

Lighting and Sound
Danny Rozkuszka

Production Assistant
Laurel Mylonas-Orwig

Archival Research
Pavan Bapu
Simone Martin-Newberry
Sarah Warner

Photo Animation
Carlos Tronshaw
Ricky Wells

Art Director
Linda Fox

Production Interns
Danielle Dalo
Brett Hanover
Jeff LaBelle

Additional Camera
Tim Boyd
Timothy Horstman

Additional Lighting and Sound
Joe Scigouski
Spencer Thomas

Post Production Engineer in Charge
Don DeMartini

Facilities Manager
Mike Lorentz

Holly H. Gilson

Kevin Crowley
Anne Gleason
Jenny Macchione
John Ritterbush
Sarah Warner

Jerry Glover

Special Thanks
Julia S. Bachrach
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Casey Clark
Friends of the Parks
Grant Park Conservancy
Greasy Joan and Co.
Green City Market
Tim and Joyce Greening, “Bigfoot Dreams”
Bernard Jacobs, FASLA Jacobs / Ryan Associates
Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band
Amelia Kohm
Lakeshore Sail Charters
Pam Lemeron
Rich Lo
Loeber Motors
Rita Maiss
Edward Maldonado
NBC Universal
Ella Friedman Protess
Sinhala Foundation
Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz Architects
Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago
William Tyre
U.S. Helicopters

Produced in Association with Chicago History Museum

Executive Producer
V.J. McAleer

Generous support for Chicago's Lakefront is provided by Harris Bank.

Generous support is also provided by the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; the Walter E. Heller Foundation, in Memory of Alyce DeCosta; and the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation with additional support from Richard and Mary L. Gray; Robert J. and Roberta L. Washlow; Ken Norgan; Richard Lenon; Peter Kelliher, Jr. and Diane Kelliher; Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul; Adele and Marvin Goldsmith; Marshall M. and Doris B. Holleb; Jerome and Marion Stone; and L2O restaurant and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.

Dan Protess and Geoffrey Baer of Chicago's Lakefront
Dan Protess and Geoffrey Baer

Dan Protess - Producer of Chicago's Lakefront
Dan Protess

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