Stories by Jay Shefsky

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. 

In Chicago, Iraqi Refugee Family Finds New Home, Support

The Al-Obaidi family recently resettled in Chicago.

Among the last refugees to enter the U.S. before President Trump signed his executive order on immigration was the Al-Obaidi family from Iraq. Chicago Tonight went to meet the family and the Chicagoans who are welcoming them.

Shoe Repair Dynasty: A Dozen Cobblers Across 3 Generations

An 83-year-old cobbler inspires a shoe repair dynasty that spans three generations.

Chicago Barber’s 1957 Creation Becomes 3-Generation Success Story

When Chicago barber Fred Luster created a new product for his customers in 1957, he couldn’t have known what lay ahead. A look at the history of Luster Products.

Long-Eared Owls ‘Invade’ Chicago

A long-eared owl (Courtesy of Rob Curtis)

Why are there so many long-eared owls showing up in Chicago this winter? Bird watchers call it an “irruption.”