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About Ben

Ready to go W.I.L.D.?  I give you full permission!


Ben Hollis Laughing in Pith Helmet

Ben is best known as the pith-helmeted, khaki clad original host and co-creator of PBS hit shows Wild Chicago and Wild Chicago’s Illinois Road Trip. Ben also created, hosted and produced Ben Around Town, a lively arts program that aired from 2000-2003 on PBS.  Prior to that, he created Ben Loves Chicago for UPN, which ran for three seasons, and was a contributing reporter on ABC’s long-running hit show, 190 North. 

Prior to his TV career, Ben performed as an improv comedian, and as a singer/songwriter all over town.  He’s also been a copywriter and producer of many corporate videos.  He graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in American Literature.  The year he graduated is immaterial.

Ben is married to an awesome lady named Julia Bunn.  They live in Andersonville.  He loves London and Kauai and is known in some circles as a gifted cat whisperer.