Stories by Jay Shefsky

Family Secret Inspires Graphic Novel ‘The Hunting Accident’

Imagine learning your father was prison pals with notorious murderer Nathan Leopold. That’s the true story told in a new graphic novel.  

All-Black World War I Regiment Featured in New Documentary

The 370th Regiment of the United States National Guard fought on two fronts: the war against the Germans and the war against racism and inequality.

Exploring the little-known story of an all-black infantry regiment from Chicago that fought in World War I. A discussion with documentary filmmaker Mario Tharpe.

‘Nice Ink, Granny!’: Local Senior Brings Color to Chicago

Helen Lambin shows Jay Shefsky her collection of tattoos.

When Helen Lambin got a small tattoo for her 75th birthday, she had no intention of ever getting another. But the experience “made me feel sort of adventurous and wild,” she remembers.

As Homicides Leave Behind Families in Pain, Chicago Nonprofit Steps Up

Chicago Survivors social worker JaShawn Hill with client Tyrone Blake.

A nonprofit offers free emotional and practical support to Chicagoans who lose loved ones to homicide.    

Bald Eagles Spotted Near O’Hare Signal a Comeback

In the early 1960s, bald eagles were nearly extinct in the lower 48 states. But government protections and conservation measures have had a huge impact on their numbers. “I think it’s an incredible success story,” said biologist Chris Anchor.

A Story My Lyft Driver Told Me

Jay Shefsky is reunited with his Lyft Driver, Janice Walker-Hester.

Meet one of the first African-American flight attendants and hear the unusual way her mother inspired her love of travel.

A Day with a Chicago Tugboat Crew

Chicago Tonight spends a day with a tugboat crew moving barges on the Calumet River.

The Nation’s Oldest African-American Women’s Golf Club Turns 80

There was once an extensive network of African-American golf leagues and clubs across the country. As the golf world opened up, most of them faded away. But one that remains is the Chicago Women’s Golf Club. We go for a visit.

A Story My Lyft Driver Told Me

Jay Shefsky is reunited with his Lyft Driver, Janice Walker-Hester.

Meet one of the first African-American flight attendants, and the unusual way her mom inspired a love of travel.  

The Nation’s Oldest African-American Women’s Golf Club Turns 80

There was once an extensive network of African-American golf leagues and clubs across the country. As the golf world opened up, most of them faded away. But one that remains is the Chicago Women's Golf Club. We go for a visit.

Art Conservation Expert Does Museum Work for Free

Art conservation can cost thousands of dollars. Meet one man who’s dedicated to restoring works of art pro bono.

A Day with a Chicago Tugboat Crew

Chicago Tonight spends a day with a tugboat crew moving barges on the Calumet River.

Loss of Iconic Pilsen Mural Sparks Outrage

(Chicago Voz / Luiz Magaña)

When a developer painted over a beloved and iconic mural on a shuttered Pilsen community center last month, the response was swift and strong.

Art Conservation Expert Does Museum Work for Free

Art conservation can cost thousands of dollars. Meet one man who’s dedicated to restoring works of art pro bono.

Zeshan B Puts a South Asian Twist on Classic American Soul

Meet Lombard native Zeshan Bagewadi—known as Zeshan B—who sings classic soul covers and originals with a big, opera-trained voice.

Chicago Bird Sanctuary is Best Place in State to See Spring Migration

A warbling vireo photographed at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary by Rob Curtis.

Here’s something that might surprise you: The best place in the entire state of Illinois to see birds during their spring migration is in the city of Chicago. 

Former Fashion Photographer Finds Beauty in Nature

Photographer Owen Deutsch

After 20 years in the fashion industry, Owen Deutsch wasn’t planning on getting back into photography. But then he discovered a new subject: birds.

The Bald Eaglet of Busse Woods

An update to our March story about bald eagles returning to Cook County.

Bald Eagles Spotted Near O’Hare Signal a Comeback

In the early 1960s, bald eagles were nearly extinct in the lower 48 states. But government protections and conservation measures have had a huge impact on their numbers. “I think it’s an incredible success story,” said biologist Chris Anchor.

JB Skating: Chicago’s Smoothest Creation

In 1971, Calvin Small and two friends started roller skating a little differently than everyone around them. It caught on. And  now, JB skating is known all over the country. 

Bald Eagles Spotted Near O’Hare Signal a Comeback

In the early 1960s, bald eagles were nearly extinct in the lower 48 states. But government protections and conservation measures have had a huge impact on their numbers. “I think it’s an incredible success story,” said biologist Chris Anchor.

Drone Racing: Local Hero Excels at New International Sport

Explore the hot new sport of drone racing and meet the suburban man who is one of the best in the world.

Former Fashion Photographer Finds Beauty in Nature

Photographer Owen Deutsch

After 20 years in the fashion industry, Owen Deutsch wasn’t planning on getting back into photography. But then he discovered a new subject: birds.

Chicago Alt-Folk Trio Sons of the Never Wrong Turns 25

Jay Shefsky recounts how a local band with an unusual name caught his attention some 20 years ago. And they’re still going strong today.

JB Skating: Chicago’s Smoothest Creation

In 1971, Calvin Small and two friends started roller skating a little differently than everyone around them. It caught on. And  now, JB skating is known all over the country.