Geoffrey Baer, WTTW TV’s popular guide to all things Chicago, will be back in Riverside soon — this time to premiere the village’s role as one of the “Ten Towns that Changed America.”
Last week, Village President Ben Sells announced that Baer and producer Dan Andries would be special guests at a pre-screening — it wasn’t clear whether it was for the full show or just the Riverside portion — of “Ten Towns that Changed America” on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road.
The program is one of a trilogy of Ten that Changed America shows the public television network had in production last year.
The TV show will premiere nationwide across the PBS network on April 19. According to Sells, 34 East Lounge, The Chew Chew and Mollie’s Public House will all be screening the full national premiere on that date.
Last summer, Baer, with a film crew, spent a couple of days in town, shooting locations and doing interviews for the Riverside portion of the show, which highlights urban planning that profoundly affected the way American towns developed physically.
In September 2015, Baer and Andries capped off the Frederick Law Olmsted Society’s FRED 2015 event with an hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session for about 100 event participants.