Crime & Law

How to Help Highland Park Victims: List of Approved GoFundMe Campaigns

Seven people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a mass shooting at... Read More

Politics

High-Powered Rifle Used in 4th of July Highland Park Shooting Bought Legally: Officials

The gun law enforcement officials said was used to kill at least seven... Read More

Geoffrey Baer on Michigan beach.

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Chicago On Vacation with Geoffrey Baer

Explore the history of the places Chicagoans have been visiting for generations and plan your next adventure. You'll find 20 of the best vacation destinations within driving distance of Chicago - whether you seek stunning hiking trails, wild water parks, tranquil beaches, or just a quick escape from the city.

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What to Watch in July

A new nature show from a bestselling author, a look at the world of plants from Sir David Attenborough, and new seasons of dramas and mysteries. 

'America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston' follows the bestselling author and podcast host as he explores Americans' surprising relationships to nature. Photo: PBS

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Chicago on Vacation: Galena

With its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and occasional brushes with Civil War-era re-enactors, Galena, Illinois often feels like a step back in time.

Galena streetscape.

For parents

Diverse Children’s Books About Strong Girls

The last time I went to the bookstore with my youngest niece, I noticed that all the books she pulled off the shelves featured female characters.

Book: Imogene's Last Stand
A girl drawing with colored pencils (WTTW News)

Health

Illinois Advocates Call for Universal Child Care, Say Current System is ‘Unaffordable, Unavailable’

The Illinois Child Care for All Coalition is calling for publicly-funded universal child care, saying it is unavailable and unaffordable for many in the Prairie State.

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston. Photo: PBS

Highlights

What to Watch in July

A new nature show exploring Americans' relationships to the outdoors from a bestselling author, a look at the world of plants from Sir David Attenborough, new seasons of dramas and mysteries, and more. 

Anish Sengupta in Hotel Portofino. Photo: Eagle Eye Drama Limited

Recap & Stream

Hotel Portofino Continues

Fascist violence grows ever closer to the guests at Hotel Portofino, where some want to avoid politics and others want to understand them.

A DJ at Do Division Street Festival (Photo: Courtesy off the West Town Chamber of Commerce)

Arts & Entertainment

2022 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Summer and the return of festival season will be here before you know it. Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

Child receiving a vaccine

For parents

How to Talk to Your Child About Vaccines

When my children have to get shots, I first consider their unique personalities. What are their fears? What comforts them? How do they see themself as part of their community? I try to use this information to help them understand vaccinations, not only to prepare them for an upcoming shot, but also prepare them for taking charge of their own health in the future.

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