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Why Do Animals Play?

From siblings with snowballs to wrestling chimps, playful behavior is usually easy to spot. The question of why humans and animals play is less apparent.

Last Tango in Halifax with Sarah Lancashire, Anne Reid, and Derek Jacobi. Photo: BBC/Red Productions/Matt Squire

'Last Tango in Halifax' Holiday Special

Did you catch the first part of the Last Tango in Halifax holiday special last night? Recap or stream it here, before part two airs next week.

Keep the “Happy” in the Holidays!

With parties, family commitments, and inconsistent schedules, little kids can experience stress during the holiday season. Here are tips to keep it happy.

Celebrate with Fresh Flowers

Send beautiful flowers to loved ones and friends, like the Holiday Cheer Bouquet. WTTW Members receive 15% off FTD bouquets.


News

Restaurants, Advocates Prep for New Food Allergy Law Starting Jan. 1

Chicago Tonight

Starting next month, some restaurant managers must be formally trained in food allergy safety. But an informal survey by the Illinois Food Allergy Education Association indicates not all restaurants are aware of the new rules. 

The Week in Review: Mayor Emanuel Starts Re-Election Media Rounds

Chicago Tonight

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasts President Donald Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios faces a lawsuit charging racial discrimination in the property tax assessment system. And Cubs announcer Pat Hughes reveals a health scare.

CPS Music Teacher’s Outreach Helps Replace Stolen Instruments

Chicago Tonight

A music teacher at Fulton Elementary has raised thousands of dollars and collected donations from around Chicago to replace dozens of instruments that were stolen from his school.

Why Do Animals (Including Humans) Play? A Chicago Researcher Explores

Chicago Tonight

From siblings with snowballs to wrestling chimpanzees, playful behavior is usually easy to spot. But the question of why we play – and whether we all play for the same reasons – is less apparent.

New Museum Showcases Massive Collection of Stained Glass, Rare Clocks

Chicago Tonight

Historic clocks from around the world and brilliant stained glass windows fill a new museum in Evanston. We go for a look.


Behind-the-Scenes, Previews, Recaps, Local History & More

'Last Tango in Halifax' Recap: Holiday Special Part One

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Ghosts of all sorts are showing up in Halifax, as Caroline gets a now job and moves into a new house with Alan and Celia in tow. Gillian begins to fear someone – or something – is out to get Robbie, and Celia takes up a new hobby.

The Land That Inspired the Brontës, 'Downton Abbey,' and Sally Wainwright

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What do Last Tango in Halifax, the Brontë sisters, the Wars of the Roses, cute terriers, and Downton Abbey have in common? They're all grounded in the north English region of Yorkshire.

A Christmas Trifle from Mary Berry

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"Christmas is all about showing off," says Mary Berry.

How Swedes Celebrate Light at the Darkest Time of the Year

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In Scandinavia and especially Sweden, the feast day of Saint Lucia is an important celebration of light during the short days of winter. How do Swedes, Chicagoans, and Nobel Prize winners enjoy the feast day?

Two Latke Recipes for Hanukkah

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Because Hanukkah commemorates a miracle in which a single day's supply of lamp oil lasted for eight days, fried foods are traditional for the holiday. And what's more ubiquitous than latkes?


Food & Dining

The World of Food: Gingerbread

World of Food

What food is a winter holiday mainstay, contains an ingredient with proven medicinal qualities, and is often used as a building material?

Chef Shangri-La

Check, Please!

Chef Shangri-La is a wild Hawaiian tropical adventure. Family-style Cantonese dishes are served in a Polynesian inspired atmosphere.

90 Miles Cuban Café

Check, Please!

At 90 Miles Cuban Café, authentic Cuban cuisine is presented in an electric atmosphere of festive Latin music. Enjoy deliciously prepared ropa vieja, lechon, empanadas, and plantain dishes.

Crosby's Kitchen

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Crosby’s Kitchen offers perfectly prepared American fare. The menu is simple and delicious; the cornbread appetizer is a favorite.

Shokolad

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Shokolad offers a café setting delivering traditional and modern Ukrainian dishes, while the pastry shop serves up authentic European pastries and cakes.

Pete Miller's

Check, Please!

Pete Miller’s will take you back to a bygone era of smooth jazz music, perfectly prepared steaks and chops, incredible seafood dishes and an enticing cocktail program.


Events

Free Screening & Discussion: A Legacy of Hope

Saturday, January 20, 2018

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a FREE screening and Discussion of A Legacy of Hope.

Fab Four in Concert at Arcada Theatre

Friday, February 9, 2018

With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.


Kids

Nature Cat

On a trip to Barrel Cactus National Park to enjoy nature in all its glorious splendor, Nature Cat and his pals encounter Shelby, a very sad desert tortoise. Today is Shelby’s...