Ben Hollis shows us the real Chicago

Today we’ve got a video featuring Chicago TV personality Ben Hollis, who you may know best as the host and co-creator of Wild Chicago. We worked with him in 1995 on a show we produced called Weekend TV.

We recently discovered this camera original footage of Ben, shot by Andrew Jones, in the archive. It was not used in the show, but it’s one of the best things we’ve seen in awhile. We edited a short clip that should not be missed.

In the video, Hollis hangs out with residents of Taylor Street as they sit on their stoops and drink beer, eat Italian ice, and reminisce about the old neighborhood and the Chicago Democratic “Machine.”

It’s a portrait of the Chicago we love, but not everyone gets to see.

You can watch the whole 39 minutes at Media Burn.

 

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