WTTW's Chicago from the Air

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November 16, 2020
6:00pm Central Time
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Welcome

On Monday, November 16 at 6:00 pm, join WTTW for a preview of CHICAGO FROM THE AIR – a new special filmed entirely from above that explores Chicago and its history from a new and breathtaking perspective.

Narrator and writer Geoffrey Baer and producer/director Eddie Griffin will take you behind the scenes, talk about the “making of” this innovative production, and give you a sweeping bird’s-eye tour of the city and beyond. Through the lens of a high-flying drone camera, we’ll zoom in to trace the remnants of long-lost roads and landmarks and learn what has replaced them, discover the ways industry literally reshaped our region, and marvel at how Chicago truly lives up to its motto – urbs in horto or “city in a garden.”

CHICAGO FROM THE AIR premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm on all WTTW platforms, and visit the companion website at wttw.com/air.

Lead support for CHICAGO FROM THE AIR is provided by BMO Harris Bank and The Negaunee Foundation. Additional support is provided by AAA in partnership with Hertz; ComEd; ITW; Mark and Lisa Pinsky; Donna Van Eekeren, CEO & President of Springboard Arts Chicago; The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; Judy and John McCarter; Ken Norgan; Joan and Paul Rubschlager; Chris and Priya Valenti; Carl Buddig and Company; an anonymous donor; and WTTW Members.

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Chicago from the Air: A Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Discussion

WTTW presents a preview of CHICAGO FROM THE AIR – a new special filmed entirely from above that explores Chicago and its history from a new and breathtaking perspective. Narrator and writer Geoffrey Baer and producer/director Eddie Griffin will take you behind the scenes, talk about the “making of” this innovative production, and give you a sweeping bird’s-eye tour of the city and beyond. Through the lens of a high-flying drone camera, we’ll zoom in to trace the remnants of long-lost roads and landmarks and learn what has replaced them, discover the ways industry literally reshaped our region, and marvel at how Chicago truly lives up to its motto – urbs in horto or “city in a garden.”

120 minutes

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    Geoffrey Baer - Narrator, Writer

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    Geoffrey Baer is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning public television writer, producer, and program host. He has been a fixture on Chicago’s PBS station WTTW for 30 years, known for feature-length programs about the architecture and history of Chicago and weekly appearances on the news program Chicago Tonight. He hosted the PBS primetime series 10 that Changed America about the built environment across the country, and hosted and co-wrote the PBS primetime special Weekend in Havana. Geoffrey has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Center since 1987. He has been honored by the American Institute of Architects Chicago, the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Chicago Headline Club.

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    Eddie Griffin - Producer, Director

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    Eddie Griffin is a three-time Emmy Award-winning producer, and has produced the WTTW documentaries Chicago By ‘L’, Chicago on Vacation, The Chicago River Tour, Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention, Chicago’s South Side, and the street quiz show Where in Chicago? Partnering with Chicago comic Pat McGann and host Ana Belaval, Eddie developed and produced the Emmy Award-nominated series The Chicago Stand-Up Project. In 2007, he took over the long-running WTTW independent film showcase Image Union, which won two Emmy Awards.

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