Crime & Law

5 Years After Chicago’s Consent Decree Took Effect, Little Urgency Surrounds Reform Push

The Chicago Police Department has fully met just 6% of the consent decree’s... Read More

Arts & Entertainment

Students Seek Feedback From Transit Riders on How CTA Can Bring ‘Joy’ to Its Stations: ‘It’s a Pipe Dream, But It Gives Us Hope’

Students at the University of Illinois Chicago are conducting the survey as... Read More

Ida B. Wells

Coming up

Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special

This documentary and companion website traces Ida B. Wells' career as a journalist, activist, and organizer in Chicago. It delves into her battle to keep Chicago Public Schools integrated, her forays into the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics, and her ascendance to the national and international stages as an anti-lynching activist and a powerful Black voice on behalf of women's suffrage.

Firsthand: Homeless


Dan’s journey to homelessness started about 12 years ago after eviction from his suburban home. The streets of downtown Chicago soon became his new home, but navigating life on the streets has been challenging. 


Latino Voices

Pilsen’s La Tiendita Connects Families in Need to Free Clothing, Necessities

The free shop is located inside a Chicago Public Schools Parent University, which offers classes and workshops on topics like financial literacy, career development and more.

Clothing on racks.


Celebrate Women’s History Month Programming on WTTW

Celebrate with programming that highlights the achievements women have made in politics, civil rights, art, literature, science, and more. 

Helena Bonham Carter as Noele "Nolly" Gordon. Credit: Quay Street Productions and MASTERPIECE.

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.
A blue graphic reading: 2024 Primary Voter Guide; WTTW News


2024 Primary Voter Guide

WTTW News’ Voter Guide is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know before voting in the 2024 primary election.

The politician Ruth Hanna McCormick stands in front of a microphone on a stage with women seated behind her and photographers pointing cameras at her in a black and white photo from the 1920s


Nine Pioneering Chicago Women Politicians

Chicago has produced some remarkable politicians over the decades. Amongst them are the first Black woman U.S. Senator, the third woman elected to the U.S. Congress, and the first woman mayor of a large U.S. city.

Nolly stands in a fur coat, sunglasses, and head scarf with a cigarette, surrounded by photographers


Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and WTTW is celebrating with programming that highlights the achievements women have made in politics, civil rights, art, literature, science, and more. 

A graphic reading Chicago's Skyscrapers with an image of a tropy

WTTW News Explains

WTTW News Explains: Where Does Chicago Stand in Skyscraper History?

Chicago is a city of firsts — everything from the first Ferris wheel to the first brownie and the world’s very first skyscraper. WTTW News explains.

Father and daughter making art.

For parents

How Black Art Can Spark Conversations With Children

Get inspired and learn about Black history through the work of artists and illustrators. The arts in general, and Black art in particular, can help children resist race-based negativity, giving them the strength, confidence and self-assurance that will help protect them from racial injustices for years to come.

Geoffrey Baer


The River Tour is Coming!

Geoffrey Baer loves sharing the best of this beautiful city, so join him live March 6 for The Chicago River Tour to experience his classic view of Chicago. Public media requires public support, so please join us and do your part to keep WTTW strong!

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