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Jay's Chicago Returns for a Second Season

More stories of life in Chicago from the unique perspective of award-winning WTTW producer and reporter Jay Shefsky. Airing Fridays at 8:30 pm beginning October 5, with a rebroadcast on Sundays at 5:30 pm.

For immediate release
- October 21, 2012

In 25 years at WTTW, Emmy-winning producer Jay Shefsky has told a lot of unforgettable stories, many of them featured on the station’s long-running nightly newsmagazine Chicago Tonight. In 2010, Jay put together some of his favorites to comprise the popular Friday evening series Jay’s Chicago, which is now returning for a second season airing Fridays at 8:30 pm beginning October 5.

Each half-hour program introduces us to Chicagoans and their fascinating stories –sometimes quirky, sometimes deeply moving. We are re-introduced to the late unsung photographer Vivian Maier, whose work Jay resurrected to great acclaim on Chicago Tonight. We meet an eclectic group of music makers, the unlikely owner of a kosher fish market, two brothers who inherit a puppet opera legacy, local environmental activists, barefoot runners, yoga practitioners at Cook County Jail, teen mentors, and many, many more.

Jay's work has been honored with numerous awards, including Emmys, Peter Lisagor journalism awards, and a Cine Golden Eagle.  His work has been broadcast nationally on PBS and on the ABCNEWS Nightline program.

For more information, selected segments, an ongoing blog from Jay, and a Google map, please visit

JAY’S CHICAGO is written and produced by Jay Shefsky. Supervising Producer is Lisa Tipton. Associate Producer is Cortney Groves.

About WTTW

For more than 50 years, audiences have turned to WTTW for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates, and entertains. WTTW reaches 1.5 million weekly households over a four-state area, making it the most-watched public television affiliate in America. Recognized for its award-winning local and national productions, WTTW is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children's programming across its four distinct television channels: WTTW11, WTTW Prime, its Spanish-language channel WTTW V-me, and WTTW Create, its “how-to” channel. For more information, please visit