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!


The Week in Review: Gov. Rauner Breaks Silence on Donald Trump

Chicago Tonight

Rauner slams Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. The battle over school funding ramps up. Lawmakers try to stamp out the soda tax.

Question Over Controversial Public Monuments Comes to Chicago

Chicago Tonight

As the debate over Confederate monuments heats up following the Charlottesville tragedy, some Chicago aldermen want to get rid of a name with a fascist history.

Solar Eclipse 2017: How to Safely Watch the Eclipse

Chicago Tonight

What can happen if you look at the sun for too long, even if it’s partially or almost fully blocked? We speak to an ophthalmologist about how to safely watch the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Buzz Good Sign for Science in US, DePaul Expert Says

Chicago Tonight

Participating in the eclipse is a way for “people to demonstrate that they want to understand the world scientifically,” DePaul sociologist Roberta Garner says. 

Green Job Training, Conservation Efforts Threatened by Federal Cuts

Chicago Tonight

Along Wolf Lake on Chicago’s Southeast Side lies the only Illinois state park within city limits, where visitors can find fishing spots, biking trails – and invasive species.

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

The Solar Eclipse: Unlike Anything Else in the Sky


On August 21, the first total solar eclipse since 1979 that can be seen in the lower 48 states will cross America. In Chicago, we'll see 87% of the sun covered.

A Legendary Folk Concert at Carnegie Hall


In 2003, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Arlo Guthrie, and more gathered in Carnegie Hall to celebrate the influential folk impresario Harold Leventhal.

'Cook's Country' Skillet Recipes


Cook's Country returns with four all-new episodes on Saturday, August 12, beginning at 2:00 pm.

Understanding Vietnam: A Conversation with the Director of 'The Vietnam War'


Lynn Novick, co-director with Ken Burns of the ten-part, eighteen hour documentary series The Vietnam War, which premieres in September, discusses the potential lessons of the war and one of the mo

National Book Lover's Day... On PBS


Explore upcoming adaptations of books on PBS, from beloved classics to contemporary novels, on National Book Lover's Day.

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)

Getta Polpetta

Check, Please!

It’s hard to miss a truck roaming around the streets of Chicago with a GIGANTIC mustache on the front bumper. This meatball mobile is truly one-of-a-kind and a hoot!

Khan BBQ

Check, Please!

Khan BBQ offers a wide selection of authentic Pakistani foods like Tandori Chicken, meat kababs, and rice dishes. Alcohol is not served.

The World of Food: The Sandwich

World of Food

“A man's social rank is determined by the amount of bread he eats in a sandwich.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Opart Thai House

Check, Please!

Traditional Thai cuisine is presented in a delightful atmosphere. Try the house specialty, Tiger Cry, a skewered tender beef served with a homemade sauce. A BYOB restaurant.


Check, Please!

Beatrix offers a menu of American favorites with in a vibrant, high-energy atmosphere.


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.