Arts & Entertainment

2021 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Neighborhood street festivals, art shows, outdoor concerts — including... Read More

Crime & Law

Rash of Mass Shootings Stirs US Fears Heading Into Summer

Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings... Read More

Protesters and police outside the Stonewall Inn.

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Stonewall Uprising: American Experience

'Stonewall Uprising' explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness.

Challenge Yourself

The Great Chicago Quiz Show Marathon

Join the fun, show your skill, and discover fascinating facts about the city we all love.

Geoffrey Baer


Some of PBS's Best Documentaries, According to Esquire

While streaming services have been making waves with documentaries over the past few years, PBS has been offering top-level documentaries for decades.

Vietnam War soldier

world of food

Tiki Bars

“When that old demon rum slips past the lips, it still works its ancient, cheerful magic.”

Tiki Drink

For parents

Summer of Possibilities

Play and learn your way this summer! You can explore and play with your child all season long with our variety of free resources.

Girl playing with ball.
Nearly 200 previously furloughed staff members returned to the Chicago Hilton and Towers Thursday, June 10, 2021, to prepare for the city and state’s full reopening Friday. (WTTW News)


‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Downtown Reopens

The city and state’s full reopening is a double-edged sword for many in the hospitality and entertainment industry. They wonder: the crowds may be coming back, but will the labor force return?

An oversized mouth with tongue sticking out from the gay bar Carol's Speakeasy is now found at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. Photo: Daniel Hautzinger/WTTW


Preserving and Sharing the Midwest's LGBTQ History

The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives contain everything from the costumes of drag queens to the papers of early gay rights activists, as well as books available for circulation.

Amy Tan. Image: Courtesy of KPJR Films


Discover American Masters

Follow the incredible lives of women like Amy Tan and more in American Masters, available to stream by WTTW Passport members.

Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Arts & Entertainment

‘Timeless’ Exhibit Examines Life and Work of Frida Kahlo

Some of Frida Kahlo’s original works are returning to the Chicago area for the first time since the late ‘70s.

Mother and son

For parents

Family Storytelling

The act of storytelling is a powerful learning tool for children — and it's fun! As long as there have been people, there have been stories. Stories teach, entertain, share new and diverse perspectives, connect us to others, and are a part of every culture.

Geoffrey Baer


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