On TV Showing Off My Chicago Neighborhood

0 Posted by - March 29, 2017 - WendyCity

Dan Ponce of WGN-TV is covering all the Chicago’s neighborhoods in his WGN Morning News series Getting To Know Chicago’s 77 Neighborhoods, each with a three-minute segment – all of which should take him about two years.  He recently invited me to show him my beloved Rogers Park, the farthest north neighborhood in the City of Chicago.  This is my first time on TV and Dan and his cameraman, Ted, made it easy.  What an honor!

Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Rogers Park

For more of the neighborhoods Dan’s done so far:  http://wgntv.com/tag/chicago-77/

The iconic neighborhood restaurant we met at is the Heartland Cafe.   More about The Mile of Murals Project is here and more about the Artists of The Wall Project, here.  My favorite beach has a successful reclamation project going, too.

Here’s more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Emil Bach House in Rogers Park.

Rogers Park has a fantastic historical society with incredible archives (generously shared) and great programming.

If you want to discover more about Chicago’s neighborhoods (I sure do!):

Chicago For Chicagoans is a local tour company expertly headed by my friend Patti Swanson, who tours a new neighborhood each month in collaboration with a local (she and I did Rogers Park November 2016).  As Patti clarifies, Chicago has 77 Community Areas with 228 discrete neighborhoods; she’ll be busy for a good, long while!!  Her tours are pay-what-you-can.

Here’s a list of the 77 neighborhoods/Community Areas.  And a handbook/guide to all 77.

I would be happy to create a custom Rogers Park tour for you, as well; just let me know.






  • Bob March 29, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

    Wendy, you were great! But, I would’ve expected nothing less. Thanks for the tour of a neighborhood I’ve rarely visited since my grad school days at NU (and that was mostly bar-hopping on Howard Street).

  • Wendy Bright March 29, 2017 - 10:21 am Reply

    Thank you, Bob! The least I can do in return for your excellent tours of Lincoln Park!

    • Bob March 29, 2017 - 10:32 am Reply

      When Dan comes to Lincoln Park, I can show him around! 🙂

      • Wendy March 29, 2017 - 10:34 am Reply

        That would be perfect!

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