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About the Show

Jay Shefsky gets caught up in other people’s enthusiasm. Whether they love ice fishing or are passionate about improving the lives of neighborhood kids, Jay wants to hear – and tell – their stories. These profiles of people from all over the Chicago area air first on Chicago Tonight. Jay’s Chicago is a collection of nearly 200 of these stories. To keep up with Jay’s new stories for Chicago Tonight, follow Jay’s Chicago on Facebook and Instagram

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Jay Shefsky's Bio

Jay Shefsky arrived at WTTW in 1986 with a full head of hair and a desire to make television and, especially, documentaries. He quickly attached himself to longtime Chicago journalist Len Aronson, whom he assisted and learned from for several years before setting off to create his own unique brand of award-winning human interest documentaries. 

Angels Too Soon told the story of the tragic 1959 fire at Our Lady of Angels School and won a Regional Emmy Award. A Justice That Heals was about an Evanston murder and the remarkable reconciliation between the murderer and the victim’s mother. Others looked at Hospice Care, Public Housing, Leopold and Loeb, and Richard Nickel. Jay made ten documentaries in all.  As Series Producer of Chicago Stories with John Callaway, he oversaw the production of 15 historical documentaries about Chicago.

In 2005, Jay joined the staff of Chicago Tonight and then stepped in front of the camera to tell stories about Chicagoans whose talents and passions and projects make up the rich texture of this city.  In 2010, those stories found a new audience with the creation of Jay’s Chicago.

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.

Jay is an avid cyclist, hiker and paddler.  His wife Liz Feldman and daughters Hannah and Leah are the best part of Jay's Chicago.