We get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and history of dyeing the Chicago River green – a city tradition since 1962, and a family tradition since its inception. Meet the men who turn the river bright green each year in this story originally told by John Callaway on March 17, 2004.

Liz Callaway is a clarion-voiced singer of the Broadway stage. She's also the daughter of the man who started this show, John Callaway. She joins us, accompanied by her son, Nicholas Callaway Foster, to sing and share stories. Watch web extra videos.


On Chicago Tonight’s 29th birthday, travel back to April 24, 1984 to watch our very first episode.

Harold Washington in a January 29, 1985 interview with John Callaway on Chicago Tonight.

Harold Washington and John Callaway in the very first episode of Chicago Tonight on April 24, 1984.

Mayor Harold Washington answers audience questions in Chicago Feedback, hosted by John Callaway on January 17, 1984.

Mayor Harold Washington discusses the city budget with John Callaway on Nov. 16, 1983 in an episode of Callaway Magazine.

John Callaway moderates Round 3 of the 1983 mayoral debate between Harold Washington, Jane Byrne and Richard M. Daley.


Dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day has been a city tradition since 1962. And it’s been a family tradition since its inception. Meet the men who turn the river bright green each year as we revisit our March 17, 2004 story. 

Former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, who disclosed in January that she had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, has died at age 86. We take a look back at a 1994 interview of Netsch by John Callaway from the Chicago Tonight archives.

We look back at a 1987 interview from Chicago Tonight’s archives between John Callaway, and actors John Malkovich and Joan Allen.

Weisman Tries Out For WTTW Job

Joel Weisman talks with John Callaway in this 1974 audition tape produced prior to Weisman being hired to work on WTTW’s Public News Center.

George McGovern, who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1972, died Sunday at the age of 90. We revisit his 1978 conversation with John Callaway, where McGovern talks about an Illinois politician who was his inspiration from John Callaway Interviews.

Julia Childs appears in a 1978 episode of John Callaway Interviews and a 2001 episode of Chicago Tonight.

Mike Wallace

Legendary journalist Mike Wallace died Saturday at the age of 93. We look back at a conversation Wallace had with the late John Callaway back in 1983.