Illuminated trees.

Illumination: Tree Lights

Now in its fifth year, the interactive display along a mile-long path features trees adorned with LED lights, colorful projections and music.

Victoria Jaiani and Miguel Angel Blanco in the Joffrey Ballet's new Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon. Photo: Cheryl Mann

Behind the Scenes of the Nutcracker

Our new documentary Making a New American Nutcracker looks behind the curtain as the Joffrey Ballet reimagines the holiday classic. Stream it here.

Ruff's Ruffet sign.

The Great Ruffet/Scruffet Cook-off!

It's almost Thanksgiving! Are you hankering for food made by a dog? Then call Ruffet, Ruff Ruffman's new food-delivery service.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Executive Suite.

WTTW Thankful for You Drawing

Enter today to win a fun prize package to help you take a well-deserved break from your busy winter schedule. It’s our way of saying thank you!


Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’

Chicago Tonight

Illinois Republican Congressman Peter Roskam says that criticisms of the recently passed House GOP tax cut bill are “hyperbole.”

Chuy Garcia Sole Cook County Commissioner Iffy on Budget

Chicago Tonight

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle can expect easy passage of a revised spending plan, though Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he hasn’t made up his mind about how he’ll vote.

Nearly $1M in Grants Awarded to Improve Chicago-Calumet Waterways

Chicago Tonight

A new $960,000 grant will improve 2.5 miles of streams for nearly 20 species of fish and create 10 acres of neighborhood green space in the Chicago-Calumet region. 

The Week in Review: Record Wave of Exonerations Tied to Rogue Cop

Chicago Tonight

A mass exoneration in Cook County clears 15 men. Proposed layoffs in the wake of the failed soda tax. And controversy over playmaking decisions by Bears coach John Fox.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

Chicago Tonight

The civil rights advocate announced Friday that he was diagnosed with the progressive degenerative disorder in 2015. 

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

6 Controversial Instances of Artistic Censorship


Freedom of speech is a fraught topic these days.

'The Nutcracker' in Chicago


Although it's now a cherished holiday tradition, The Nutcracker didn't arrive in Chicago until almost 50 years after its premiere.

How a Year in Space Affects the Human Body


Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space while his twin brother Mark stayed on Earth. Scientists are comparing the brothers to understand the effects of space on the human body.

Dreaming of a World's Fair


The Joffrey Ballet's new Nutcracker is set at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

'Poldark' Recap: Life is Short and Love is Long


Morwenna's husband is abusive, Elizabeth's partner is shunning her, Demelza's spouse is difficult and secretive; the women of Poldark are cruelly treated.

Food & Dining

The World of Food: Soup

World of Food

"Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

Peach's on 47th

Check, Please!

A bright and airy breakfast and lunch spot serving Southern staples and new takes on traditional fare.

Uru Swati

Check, Please!

Uru Swati offers a menu of flavorful, vegetarian Indian dishes in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.

The World of Food: Pie

World of Food

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
— Carl Sagan
“Cut my pie into four pieces; I don’t think I could eat eight.”

The Portage

Check, Please!

The Portage is a relaxed and comfortable neighborhood restaurant that will surprise you. The menu includes a variety of contemporary and classic options that are kicked up a notch with unique

Milwalky Trace

Check, Please!

With plates that are meant to be shared, Milwalky Trace aims to be an intimate gathering place for friends and families alike.


Free Screening & Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro

Saturday, November 18, 2017

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Indie Lens Pop-Up presents a FREE screening and Discussion I Am Not Your Negro. One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.

Andrea Bocelli in concert at the United Center

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

One of the world's most celebrated tenors, Andrea Bocelli, returns to Chicago with a concert spectacular you've all been waiting for.


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...