Stories by Jay Shefsky

Wheelchair Basketball

We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of a basketball team you won't forget. Read an article and view a photo gallery.

Illinois Capitol Renovations

A $50 million renovation and restoration project for the Illinois Capitol building is nearly complete. But are all the improvements justified given the state’s fiscal woes? We have analysis. Read the project description and historical decisions document from the architect.

Honeybee Rescuer

Dan Parizek is a “Honeybee Rescuer." If you’ve got a beehive in the walls of your home, Dan will relocate it so it won’t be destroyed by an exterminator. With Colony Collapse Disorder destroying some 10 million beehives since 2007, Dan and others say we can’t afford to lose any more hives. Jay Shefsky has a profile. Read an article, watch a web extra video, and learn more about Colony Collapse Disorder from local scientists.

Billiard Girl

This month, Karsyn Terry took fourth place in a national, 14-and-under pool tournament. In the 24 years that this tournament has existed, Karsyn is the first African American to make the finals. We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile. Read an article.

Behind the Scenes on a Tall Ship

Among the 14 historic ships heading for Chicago’s Tall Ships Festival is the “Lynx,” a two-masted schooner modeled after an 1812 “privateer.” I spent 24 hours on the Lynx as it sailed to Chicago. Read an article, view a slideshow, and watch Web Extra: Dawn on a Tall Ship for a video postcard of my trip.

Neighbor Carts

Neighbor Carts hires workers with pre-existing barriers to employment, while simultaneously working to eradicate the city's vast food deserts. We revisit Jay Shefsky's story about the company's innovative business model. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Rats!

Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation says that requests for rat control services are down 15 percent this year.

Billiard Girl

When she was 13, Karsyn Terry took second place in a national, 14-and-under pool tournament. In the 24 years that this tournament has existed, Karsyn is the first African American to make the finals. Now, after a year of intensive training with her father, she is going for first place this weekend. Jay Shefsky has a profile. Read an article.

MSI's Train Guy

We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of the lifelong model railroader who now keeps the trains running at the Museum of Science and Industry. Read an article and watch a video.

Sand Man

Joe Mangrum spends all day on a work of art, and then it’s gone. He creates sand paintings - improvisational and temporary works in public spaces, as well as museums, galleries and events. Jay Shefsky caught up with him as he made a commissioned sand painting in a downtown office lobby. We revisit the story. Read an article and watch a time-lapse video of sand art.

Baseball Artist

As a kid growing up in Wrigleyville, Margie Lawrence developed a love of baseball and baseball players. But it was her love for a Wrigley Field beer vendor that inspired her to become a baseball artist. Jay Shefsky has a profile. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Optimo Hats

Once, there were dozens of men's hatmakers in Chicago. Today, there is only one. We revisit Jay Shefsky's story about Optimo Hats. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Neighbor Carts

Neighbor Carts hires workers with pre-existing barriers to employment, while simultaneously working to eradicate the city's vast food deserts. Jay Shefsky explores the company's innovative business model. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Sand Man

Joe Mangrum spends all day on a work of art, and then it’s gone. He creates sand paintings - improvisational and temporary works in public spaces, as well as museums, galleries and events. Jay Shefsky caught up with him as he made a commissioned sand painting in a downtown office lobby. Read an article and watch a time-lapse video of sand art.

MSI's Train Guy

Jay Shefsky introduces us to the lifelong model railroader who now keeps the trains running at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Sled Hockey

With the Blackhawks up 2 games to 1 in the post season, Jay Shefsky introduces us to Chicago's sled hockey team -- that's the hard-hitting, fast-paced sport played by amputees and others with lower limb disabilities.

Optimo Hats

Once there were dozens of men's hatmakers in Chicago. Today, there is only one. Jay Shefsky takes us inside Optimo Hats.

Baseball Artist

As a kid growing up in Wrigleyville, Margie Lawrence developed a love of baseball and baseball players. But it was her love for a Wrigley Field beer vendor that inspired her to become a baseball artist. Jay Shefsky has a profile.

Wheelchair Basketball

Jay Shefsky introduces us to a basketball team you won't forget.

Winter Biking

We meet some Chicago area cyclists who won't let a little thing like winter stand in their way.