Geoffrey Baer, multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and program host for WTTW Channel 11, to keynote New Trier Township Annual Meeting



The history of the North Shore takes center stage at the New Trier Township Annual Town meeting on April 12th when North Shore native Geoffrey Baer reveals many surprising things he learned as he researched and wrote "Chicago's North Shore", a feature length documentary for WTTW Channel 11.

At the event to be held at the North Senior Center, attendees will find out the true identity of the man for whom Eden’s Expressway is named, learn who invented the jungle gym (in Winnetka!), and discover why Evanston claims to have given the world the ice cream sundae, and much, much more. The talk will feature selected clips from the documentary. Even lifelong North Shore residents are sure to learn things they never knew!"
Baer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and program host for WTTW Channel 11 (PBS) in Chicago. He is best known as the host and writer of WTTW’s popular feature-length specials about Chicago architecture and history including Chicago’s Lakefront, Chicago by Boat: the New River Tour, Chicago’s Loop: a Walking Tour, and Chicago by ‘L’: Touring the Neighborhoods, as well as six programs covering virtually all of Chicago’s suburban areas. He took viewers on a culinary tour in The Foods of Chicago: a Delicious History, which was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award, and explored the surprising side of the city in Hidden Chicago. His seventeenth special, Biking the Boulevards debuted in the fall of 2010.
Mr. Baer also appears regularly on WTTW’s flagship nightly public affairs program Chicago Tonight answering viewers’ questions about Chicago architecture and history in a segment called Ask Geoffrey
In his 21 years at WTTW he has been Executive Producer of the weekly cultural magazine show Artbeat Chicago and of the weekly documentary series Chicago Stories. He has also written and produced numerous other documentaries and cultural and entertainment specials for WTTW and PBS.
In addition to his Emmy awards, Mr. Baer has received the CPB Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcast, and awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, the New York Festivals, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival and the Chicago Headline Club.   He has also been honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Mr. Baer has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1987. 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.

The event is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the North Shore Senior Center, located at 161 Northfield Road in Northfield. The event marks the culmination of the 160th anniversary celebration of New Trier Township. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. with a reception. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. In addition to Mr. Baer’s presentation, there will be recognition of outstanding Township volunteers, brief reports from elected officials, and a dedication of a time capsule. For a priority seat, please make a reservation by calling 847-446-8202. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
About New Trier Township
New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social-well being of Township residents.  Established in 1850, New Trier Township government serves the 56,000 residents in the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield. The Township Office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka or on-line at

739 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093 P. (847) 446-8202 F. (847) 446-1743
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