Science & Nature

Grassland Birds Catch a Break: County Line Orchard in Northwest Indiana Won’t Mow Nesting Habitat Until After Breeding Season

What happens when an endangered bird nests in a hayfield set to be harvested... Read More

Crime & Law

7-Year-Old Boy Killed in ‘Random’ Shooting on Near West Side Tuesday Afternoon

Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling confirmed that the victim died... Read More

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Coming up

Dynamic Planet: Ice

As our planet warms up, the ice at all three poles-the Arctic, Antarctic, and the Himalayas-melts rapidly, bringing significant consequences. Explore how science, nature, and tradition can prepare us for a fast-changing future.

Mystery

A Recipe Benefiting the Unhoused

A new cookbook raises funds for an organization feeding Chicago's needy.

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WTTW Food

Summer is Here, and Festival Season is Upon Us

The sun is shining in Chicago again, and another bustling summer full of food festivals has arrived.

Mayfestiversary returns to Ravenswood this May. Credit: Steph Byce / Mayfestiversary

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Ice Cream Trucks

There are certain sounds that instantly conjure up a hot summer day in America.

Ice Cream Truck

For parents

Parenting Hacks That Help Children Become Problem Solvers

Parenting is a wonderful and important job, but it’s also really tough — and there’s no manual!

Lyla and family.
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Arts & Entertainment

Why a Photojournalist Felt Called to Document the Reality of Life Along Route 66

A one-off assignment to photograph Route 66 turned into a years-long labor of love. Now, his work highlighting a more complicated side of the highway memorialized in that famous tune is being shown at Uptown’s Chicago Center for Photojournalism.

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Food

Feeding Those Within Reach: The Local Organization that Meets Unhoused Chicagoans Where They Are

“We’re just trying to provide hope and dignity,” says Farhan Ahmed, a co-founder and president of Chi-Care, which brings restaurant meals and other basic necessities to unhoused Chicagoans and others in need where they live.

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Drama and Mystery

D.I. Ray Has Another Case to Solve

D.I. Ray is back from her suspension and immediately thrust into a dangerous assignment, when a local crime boss is killed outside a hospital.

This image provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 17, 2023, shows three recalled applesauce products - WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches, Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack, and Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches. (FDA via AP, File)

Business

Dollar Tree Stores Left Lead-Tainted Applesauce Pouches on Store Shelves for Weeks After Recall, FDA Says

The FDA sent a warning letter to Dollar Tree this month and placed Negasmart, the Ecuadorian distributor of WanaBana apple cinnamon pouches, under import alerts following the October 2023 recall of the products found to be contaminated with “extremely high” levels of lead and chromium.

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For parents

How Telling Stories Helps Kids Learn

“Are you going to tell me another story tonight?” asked my 4-year-old son. While we read books and sing songs every night before bed, I recently decided to try storytelling. No pictures or props, just a few fables I told to my kids — full of extra details and hand motions as the story got more exciting.

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