Chicago River: March 17, 2012 (Max Talbot-Minkin / Flickr)


Watch as 40 pounds of vegetable dye transform the Chicago River into a vibrant, lime green hue for the city's annual River Dyeing before the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Martha Stewart's Irish soda bread

Martha's Irish Soda Bread

No celebration of St. Patrick's Day is complete without some delectable Irish soda bread, all the better if it's homemade and easy. Pair it with corned beef and a Guinness and enjoy!

Leprechaun Water Bottle Bowling Pins

Leprechaun Bowling Pins

Crafts for Kids: Once you've made 10 pins, set them up in a hallway or large room and use a tennis ball to bowl down the little Leprechauns! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Pot o' Green Drawing.

Pot o’ Green Drawing

You’ll be seeing GOLD when you win up to $25,000 in the WTTW Pot o’ Green Drawing! Buy an entry for yourself, or buy as a group with some friends. You’ll be seeing green!


Loyola Ramblers’ 1963 NCAA Win Also a Story of Racial Justice

Chicago Tonight

Loyola University Chicago’s stunning last-second, buzzer-beating victory Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament put the Ramblers in the national spotlight once again. We remember the 1963 championship team.

The Week in Review: Pritzker Slammed Over Offshore Holdings

Chicago Tonight

J.B. Pritzker’s offshore holdings draw fire. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes a gun dealer bill. Should the public be able to fire the Chicago Police chief? And Loyola rambles on in the NCAA tournament.

Photos: Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes New Polar Bear Talini

Chicago Tonight

The 14-year-old female polar bear who recently arrived in Chicago is expected to mate with 8-year-old Siku, who has lived at the zoo since 2016. 

Source: Garry McCarthy to Announce Bid for Chicago Mayor

Chicago Tonight

Chicago’s former top cop is expected to formally announce plans to run for the city’s top job next week, a source says. “It’s just killing me to be on the sidelines and watching what’s happening in the city,” Garry McCarthy told us last month.

ISBE Announces Hearings on CPS Special Education Practices

Chicago Tonight

State education officials interested in examining Chicago Public Schools’ special education offerings will hold open hearings this month after families, stakeholders and a media report stoked concerns last year of possible “systemic issues.”

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

Martha Stewart's Irish Soda Bread


As you down Guinness and green-dyed beer this weekend in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, you'll want a little something in your stomach to soak up all that liquid. Try Martha Stewart's recipe for traditional Irish Soda Bread.

What to Stream This Month


Celebrate Women's History Month with stories of women forgotten or restricted by history like the six wives of Henry VIII, a trailblazing television pioneer, and a popular, binge-worthy discontinued series about women on the home front.

Chicago's 2018 James Beard Finalists


Finalists for the James Beard Awards, often called the Oscars of the food world, have been announced, and Chicago has ten nominees up for prizes. Watch interviews and Check, Please! reviews, get recipes, and learn a bit about them here.

Morton's Key Lime Pie


Pi Day may be about the mathematical constant, but it's also the perfect excuse to enjoy some pie. Not that you need an excuse when you can whip up a key lime pie as easy and delicious as this one from the legendary Morton's of Chicago.

From the Archive: Toni Morrison


In 1977, Toni Morrison spoke to WTTW's John Callaway about empathy, the importance of storytelling, and her deep love of writing in an extraordinary interview. Watch the Nobel Prize-winning novelist speak honestly early in her career.

Food & Dining

The World of Food: Gelatin

World of Food

This refreshing and versatile “jiggly” food has long enjoyed its status as America’s most popular prepared dessert — a staple at neighborhood summer potlucks due to its bright colors and compatibility with fruits and whipped cream.


Check, Please!

Frontier offers a unique dining experience in a rustic tavern atmosphere.

The World of Food: British Isles

World of Food

“British food is a celebration of comfort eating. Our traditional savory recipes are all about warmth and sustenance, our puddings a roll call of sweet jollity, our cakes are deep and cozy.

Benny’s Chop House

Check, Please!

Benny’s is a classic steak house with a modern appeal. Steaks are offered as wet-aged, dry-aged, and natural prime.

The World of Food: Kwanzaa

World of Food

The seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa is held annually from December 26 through New Year’s Day. Its name is derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means “first fruits.” It was inspired by Zulu and Ashanti harvest celebrations.

Ja' Grill

Check, Please!

Ja’ Grill is the place to go in Chicago for perfectly prepared Jamaican cuisine.


Brit Floyd in Concert at Chicago Theatre

Friday, March 23, 2018

Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to Chicago to present its Space & Time World Tour, its most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular light show, and an even bigger stage production. 

WTTW presents FREE screening: “Dolores”

Saturday, March 24, 2018

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.


Ready Jet Go!

Science fans Sean and Sydney befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.