Writer and Host
Geoffrey Baer is an Emmy Award winning producer for WTTW. He is best known as the host and writer of WTTW's popular Chicago-area tour programs such as Chicago by Boat, The New River Tour, Chicago by 'L', Chicago's North Shore, and six full-length documentaries about virtually all of Chicago’s suburban areas. Most recently he took viewers on a culinary tour in The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History and explored the surprising side of the city in Hidden Chicago. He is also a regular on Chicago Tonight, and was Executive Producer of the weekly cultural magazine show Artbeat Chicago and of the weekly documentary series Chicago Stories. In addition to his Chicago tour programs he has written and produced numerous other documentaries and cultural/entertainment specials for WTTW and PBS. These include a two-part history of Chicago's Jewish community, a documentary about the history of theatre in Chicago (seen nationally on PBS), and documentaries about his adventure sailing the Chicago to Mackinac race and the preservation of the Farnsworth House. He is also a long-time docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Geoffrey has a master's degree in theatre from Northwestern University. He is a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society and an emeritus board member of Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Dan Protess is a producer at WTTW 11, Chicago's public television station. His most recent credits include Producer and Writer of the Emmy-winning, James Beard-nominated The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History and Producer of The Fox River Valley and Chain O' Lakes. He also produces public affairs and historical programming for Chicago Tonight, the station's nightly newsmagazine program. He began his career at WTTW 11 in 1999 as the Associate Producer of Chicago's Lakefront, and the Associate Producer and Writer of A Justice That Heals, a WTTW documentary that was shown on ABC's Nightline. He went on to produce numerous programs for Chicago Stories, an historical documentary series, including Jewish Chicago, Chicago's First Mexican Church, Chicago's 1919 Race Riots, and numerous profiles of local luminaries such as Dan Rostenkowski, Lois Weisberg, and Father Andrew Greeley.
Special thanks to:
Lakeshore Sail Charters
Written and Hosted by
Associate Producer and Researcher
Original Score by
Lighting and Sound
Additional Lighting and Sound
Post Production Engineer in Charge
Holly H. Gilson
Julia S. Bachrach
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Friends of the Parks
Grant Park Conservancy
Greasy Joan and Co.
Green City Market
Tim and Joyce Greening, “Bigfoot Dreams”
Bernard Jacobs, FASLA Jacobs / Ryan Associates
Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band
Lakeshore Sail Charters
Ella Friedman Protess
Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz Architects
Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago
Produced in Association with Chicago History Museum
Generous support for Chicago's Lakefront is provided by Harris Bank.
Generous support is also provided by the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; the Walter E. Heller Foundation, in Memory of Alyce DeCosta; and the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation with additional support from Richard and Mary L. Gray; Robert J. and Roberta L. Washlow; Ken Norgan; Richard Lenon; Peter Kelliher, Jr. and Diane Kelliher; Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul; Adele and Marvin Goldsmith; Marshall M. and Doris B. Holleb; Jerome and Marion Stone; and L2O restaurant and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.