Eclipse Buzz a Good Sign for Science

The buzz leading up to the event –  the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire continental U.S. in 99 years – also represents the desire for shared experiences.

A solar eclipse.

Unlike Anything Else in the Sky

The first time the Adler Planetarium's Michelle Nichols saw a total solar eclipse, it made her cry. She shares safety tips and fun facts about the upcoming eclipse.

Girls wearing eclipse glasses.

How to Safely Watch the Eclipse

What can happen if you look at the sun for too long, even if it’s partially or almost fully blocked? An ophthalmologist tells us how to be safe.

Get the DVD! JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala

After tonight's 7:30 broadcast of this star-studded 1961 presidential gala, support WTTW by purchasing the DVD!


Solar Eclipse Offers Unique Lens for Studying Animal Behavior

Chicago Tonight

Like scientists across the country, Lincoln Park Zoo’s animal experts will spend Monday’s solar eclipse carefully observing the zoo’s residents for changes in behavior.

State Board to Begin Measuring Kindergarten Readiness

Chicago Tonight

School districts across the state already track how prepared students are to enter high school, but beginning this fall they’ll also start measuring their development before they enter elementary s

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Esther Saperstein

Chicago Tonight

This week, we raise a glass to the moms who hold it down in the House (and the Senate) with a concoction as American as apple pie—fragrant applejack, tough whiskey and snappy lemon and ginger. 

CDC: Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in 2015

Chicago Tonight

Following years of steady decreases, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant rise in teen overdose deaths in 2015.

Behind-the-Scenes, Previews, Recaps, Local History & More

The Chicago Air and Water Show


The Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend, August 19 and 20. Explore dazzling modern and amusing historic photos of the popular event.

Watching the Eclipse Across America


It's been almost four decades since the last one, and another won't happen until 2024: the first total solar eclipse to pass over the lower 48 states since 1979 is a big deal – you don't want to mi

11 Chicago Public Artworks You Didn't Know Existed


Everyone knows the Picasso and the Bean, but there's a lot more outstanding public art waiting just around the corner in downtown Chicago.

Behind the Scenes with Geoffrey Baer


Ever wondered how a PBS special gets made? It’s more painstaking than you may realize. Hours of work might yield only a few minutes of material included in the final program.

The Extraordinary Life of Ken Burns' Scriptwriter


Geoffrey C. Ward has written scripts for Ken Burns for the past thirty years, and his incredible life uniquely fits him for the job.

Food & Dining

The World of Food: Pizza

World of Food

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.”
— “That’s Amore” (Harry Warren/Jack Brooks, as sung by Dean Martin)

Chicago Curry House

Check, Please!

Nepalese cuisine blends the tastes of Nepal’s neighbors, Tibet, Pakistan, India, and Bhutan. Chicago Curry House brings a fresh flavor to the South Loop.

Antico Posto

Check, Please!

Located in Oakbrook Center, Antico Posto offers handcrafted pasta dishes, homemade brick oven pizzas, house churned gelato and a delicious menu of other Italian classics.


Check, Please!

Rustic Italian cuisine is served in an inviting atmosphere.


Check, Please!

Strings offers authentically prepared ramen dishes that will delight. The noodles are handmade and steeped in a traditional broth for 48 hours resulting in bold flavors.


Check, Please!

You will find authentic Polish dishes served with old world charm at Smak Tak.


Free Screening & Discussion- The Vietnam War by Ken Burns

Saturday, August 19, 2017

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a FREE screening and Discussion of excerpts from The Vietnam War by Ken Burns The Vietnam War by Ken Burns.

The Vietnam War: An Evening with Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You’re invited to an exclusive evening with Ken Burns and his directing and producing partner Lynn Novick and be among the first to preview and discuss their new 10-part opus THE VIETNAM WAR.