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Why “Dirt is Good” for Your Child

For many parents, questions of hygiene and health weigh heavily on their minds. One question is: “Is it okay for my kid to eat dirt?” A new book has the answer. 

Robson Green as Geordie Keating, James Norton as Sidney Chambers and Morven Christie as Amanda in Grantchester. Photo: Colin Hutton and Kudos/ITV for MASTERPIECE

Recap the Return of 'Grantchester'

When a groom never shows up for a wedding, Sidney and Geordie investigate. And, as Christmas approaches, so does Amanda's new child.

Sunny reading log

Make a Summer Reading Log

Summer is here - sunshine, long days, and lots of time to read for pleasure. Help keep your child on track of all their reading adventures with a sunshiny reading log.

Enoteca Roma

2-for-1 at Enoteca Roma

WTTW Producer’s Circle Members are treated to a 2-for-1 menu item, value to $20, at Enoteca Roma. An Italian wine bar with heart and food made from scratch.


News

Man Accused of Stealing $7M from Elderly Homeowners Pleads Not Guilty

Chicago Tonight

A Chicago businessman pleads not guilty in federal court to charges he stole $7 million from elderly homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme.

As End of Fiscal Year Nears, Little Progress in Springfield

Chicago Tonight

The end of the fiscal year is a week from Friday. Is Illinois any closer to getting a budget passed by that deadline?

Sun-Times Critic Hedy Weiss Under Fire for Steppenwolf Review

Chicago Tonight

A recent review of the Steppenwolf production “Pass Over” by Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times has gotten the theater critic of more than 30 years in some hot water.


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

The Path to Becoming a Puppeteer on Children's Shows

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David Rudman plays Cookie Monster on Sesame Street and has created numerous children's shows with his brother Adam and their production company.

Shedd Aquarium's Fascinating and Ingenious Animals

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Do you know how dolphins continue to surface for breath even while sleeping, why trainers use hair dryers on sea otters in aquariums, or the difficulties of beluga whale birth and calf-rearing?

An Interview with the Makers of 'The Story of China'

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The Story of China explores 4,000 years of history of the world's oldest continous state.


Food & Dining

Ahjoomah’s Apron

Check, Please!

Ahjoomah’s Apron offers an authentic Korean menu in a sleek, modern environment. Enjoy delicious Korean dishes and a wide selection of small plates.

Owen & Engine

Check, Please!

The British inspired Owen & Engine offers classic English pub food and a rotating menu of tap and craft beers. Ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced.

Bad Apple

Check, Please!

Bad Apple offers a contemporary American menu. You’ll find a wide selection of perfectly prepared burgers, pub sandwiches, and several unique vegetarian options.


Events

Chicago River Cruise with Geoffrey Baer

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cruise down the Chicago River with Geoffrey Baer as your architectural docent! Eat dinner and enjoy the views while Geoffrey takes you on the best river architecture cruise in town aboard Chicago's Leading Lady. Boarding begins at 5:30pm.

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.