The 78

Tom Barnas

Historically, Chicago is made up of 77 neighborhoods with their own stories to tell. Only separated by blocks, woven in the microcosm that gives Chicago its unique taste, its people are the epitome of true grit. Each neighborhood, held together with blood, sweat, and tears that are now traditions, giving us this amazing collection of stories from each neighborhood. That is true Chicago. Chicago's newest neighborhood is being developed right now. It's called 78. Chicago, as in the 78th Chicago neighborhood. There you have it, this site is dedicated to all the stories in the 78 neighborhoods. read less
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How It Started
Apr 30 2024
How It Started
Tom Barnas is the host and creator of Stories From The 78. Barnas lives and breathes Chicago. Being part of the Chicago media landscape for over 20 years. Getting his feet wet in Chicago morning radio and eventually making the transition to television at WGN TV by way of WGN Radio 720, he has been a successful storyteller in the Chicago media community. This latest venture, Stories From The 78 is the next evolution in Barnas's storied career. Taking all the knowledge of 20-plus years in Chicago and pouring it all into this project will make it stand apart from others. People always have a great story to tell, you just have to ask them. Stories From The 78 is not just about Chicago, it will gather stories from around the world, with a base in Chicago. Neighborhoods have endless stories, and Barnas will use this platform to tell all of them. Joining WGN-TV in 2008, Barnas has spent his tenure on the WGN Midday News in his early career, then shifting to the WGN Morning News in several roles. Starting as the Around Town producer with Ana Belaval, Morning Show segment, digital producer, and then as the Social Media Voice and special live events producer for the WGN Morning News. In his over 20 years in television at WGN TV and CBS Chicago, Barnas has developed a reputation as the mastermind behind the WGN Morning News Block Party, St. Patrick’s Day Live Broadcast, WGN Food Drive, and WGN Morning News Sports rallies. He's been part of an Emmy Award-winning team that has made WGN TV the #1 Morning Show in the United States. Today he leads the charge of the CBS Chicago Jumpstart and other morning show guest segments, along with his passion for storytelling for the 78.