‘Beyond Chicago from the Air’ premieres on WTTW | Chicago News

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Chicago may be known for its skyline, but the rest of the state is also marked by breathtaking views – from Starved Rock State Park and the Mississippi River to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. .

Geoffrey Baer’s latest special, “Beyond Chicago from the Air,” explores the Illinois landscape and landmarks from the air – using drone footage to take viewers across the state .

“It was so great to be able to go beyond the borders of Chicago and talk about things that I had never talked about before on my shows. Including things like the Mississippi River, ”Baer said. “I learned a lot about things that I have never been able to explore. “

“We were able to dig into some of the things we’ve talked about before and see them from the air. “

The special characteristics of drone photography, taken by two types of drones, Baer said.

“I didn’t want it to be just a video wallpaper. So our drone camera team has one of these big drones and they can shoot the close-ups, but they also have a first person view, where the drone cameraman puts on goggles and drives it like in a game. video, ”Baer said. .

The special highlights historical landmarks and attractions in the area – from the Indiana sand dunes to the Old Joliet Jail – but it also touches the darker parts of the state’s past.

“We want to tell a full story. Native Americans were not treated well and we really talk a lot about Native American history and Native history on this show, ”Baer said.

The new special is a sequel to Baer’s “Chicago from the Air” released last year.

“Beyond Chicago from the Air” premiered Wednesday night on WTTW platforms. The full documentary can also be viewed online, along with behind-the-scenes footage.


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