The theme of place and identity is powerfully revealed through first hand accounts from the people and personalities who have transformed the city through their vision and ingenuity. The Chicago Treasures series focuses on Chicagoans who have imagined what Chicago could be - people whose work has defined the city, while the city has defined their work. From architects who have built the City's skyline to journalists and authors who give voice to people and places to entrepreneurs who give strength to the City of Big Shoulders and to artists who draw from and interpret the City's inner spirit, this series will frame the question: Why Chicago? What opportunities does the city offer to those who wish to take risks; what challenges does it reveal; and what are the rewards and frustrations that they continue to face?
Growing up in the Windy City, Bonnie Hunt worked at a Northwest Side Dairy Queen, a hair salon, and the Oncology Department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. But she's best known for her hilarious and critically acclaimed work as an actress, director, producer and comedian. From the stages of The Second City to the heights of Hollywood, we'll explore "Life with Bonnie" -- and why Chicago remains the improv comedy capitol of the world.
Recorded Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at Chicago History Museum.