Our Lady of Guadalupe Mural

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Chicago Stories: Our Soldiers, Our Lady Of Guadalupe

This is the story of pride and heartbreak in a close-knit south side community. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chicago's first and oldest Mexican-American parish, lost 12 young men in the Vietnam War during a brutal five-year period. These young men came from a proud military heritage, and some felt they owed a debt of gratitude to America. But, as the war dragged on and antiwar protests escalated, some in this patriotic community began to question why Mexican-Americans bore a disproportionate brunt of an unpopular war.


A Guide to Memorial Day Programming on WTTW

This Memorial Day weekend, explore the extraordinary stories of those in the armed forces with a variety of programming on WTTW.

USS Lagarto

Latino Voices

Latino Veterans Join Forces this weekend

Whether laying wreaths, flying American flags or donning red poppies, Chicagoans unite over Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans who served in the U.S. military.

Post 1017 commander Abundio Zaragoza


The Return of the Cicadas

Cicadas are taking the country by storm in 2024, and Illinois is at the center of a historic swarm of insects 200 years in the making.

Cicada on green leaf.

For parents

Make a List of Your Heroes

Who are your heroes? They can be historic figures, modern-day heroes, or people from your everyday life.

Child hugging veteran.
spittlebug foam on a plant

Science & Nature

Think Cicadas Are Strange? Meet the Foam-Farting Spittlebug

The tiny critters are almost impossible to spot, but you can’t miss their bubbles.

A woman stands holding an American flag over her heart in front of uniformed miliatry saluting


The National Memorial Day Concert's Performers

The National Memorial Day Concert is here, honoring our military with music, stories of veterans, and more. See the celebrities performing here. 

Six young men in military uniform stand in a row


A Guide to Memorial Day Programming

This Memorial Day weekend, explore the extraordinary stories of those in the armed forces with a variety of programming on WTTW.

The Chicago lakefront is pictured in a July 2022 file photo. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Arts & Entertainment

Chicago Beaches Are Open Just in Time for Memorial Day Weekend: Here’s What You Need to Know

Beaches in Chicago opened Friday at 11 a.m. for the 2024 season – just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Here is everything you need to know to enjoy those Chicago summer days.

Little girl eating watermelon.

For parents

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Fruit (And Love It!)

If you think your kids aren’t eating enough fruit, you may be right. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 60 percent of children eat less than the recommended daily amount.

Wolf Islander Retro Scooter

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