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CPS Releases Space Utilization Data

New data shows nearly 230 schools are underutilized - nearly equal to those operating efficiently. Learn how the space is used at your school.

Academy Awards on PBS

PBS at the Oscars

Two films from the past year on PBS receive Academy Award nominations in the Documentary category. Revisit our interviews with both directors.

Play & Learn Science! App

See how you and your kids can explore your surroundings and build science skills through interactive games and hands-on activities at home.

Vote in the 2017 Viewer’s Choice Bowl

Only two programs remain in this year’s final matchup. Cast your vote for your favorite program today and be entered to win a WTTW goodie bag!


News

Illinois DCFS Director on ‘Toughest Job in State Government’

Chicago Tonight

Beverly Walker, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, talks about running the controversial agency charged with protecting Illinois’ children. 

US Warns of North Korean Threat Amid Winter Olympic Diplomacy

Chicago Tonight

Protests erupt in South Korea as a delegation from North Korea arrives ahead of the Winter Olympics. Can Olympic diplomacy defuse the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula?

Courtroom Artist Tom Gianni Has His Day in a Gallery Exhibition

Chicago Tonight

Away from the courtroom, local artist Tom Gianni employs his talents in far different and impressive ways. We explore his solo show, “Art that Works for a Living.”

Biometric Data: Are We Safer in Illinois, Or Just Having Less Fun?

Chicago Tonight

The latest social media craze of matching your face with faces in works of art left Chicagoans out in the cold, thanks to Illinois’ strict laws on biometric data. Do these rules keep us safe or leave us behind?

Struggling to Lose Weight? These 5 Myths Could be to Blame

Chicago Tonight

If you’re looking to shed pounds, you’ve likely done some Googling. But beware: Not everything you read online will help you reach your beach bod goals. Local dietitians debunk diet and exercise myths and share tips.


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

'Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review' Celebrates 40 Years with Joel Weisman

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On the 40th anniversary of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review tonight, its host and one of its creators Joel Weisman steps down. Joel recalls memorable incidents and more.

'Victoria' Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

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Queen Victoria is back, and she's ready to rule again even though everyone around her – especially the men – want her to stay with her newborn child.

From the Archive: James Baldwin in Conversation with Studs Terkel

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"I want to be an honest man, and I want to be a good writer," James Baldwin tells Studs Terkel in this eloquent and incisive conversation from 1961.

Curving Spacetime: Mind-Boggling Facts about Black Holes

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They're a curvature in spacetime that even light can't escape; an object sucked into one is crushed into an infinite density. We haven't been able to see them, but we can hear them, in a sense.


Food & Dining

The World of Food: Japan

World of Food

“At its best, Japanese cooking is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history.

Kai Zan

Check, Please!

Kai Zan offers artfully crafted, fresh sushi in a comfortable atmosphere. You will find some unexpected ingredients and phenomenal uni and oyster shooters.

The World of Food: Holiday Beverages

World of Food

As you have surely heard, it’s Christmastime! And like millions of happy celebrants all over the globe, you are likely making the rounds of holiday parties and indulging freely in a wide variety of rich foods and lavishly decorated sweets.

Leadbelly

Check, Please!

Incredible burgers are on the menu at Leadbelly. Fresh meats are ground daily, bread is fresh-baked, and the fries are hand-cut.

Roister

Check, Please!

The kitchen is the restaurant and the restaurant is the kitchen. Roister bring a full culinary experience to its guests.

Getta Polpetta

Check, Please!

It’s hard to miss a truck roaming around the streets of Chicago with a GIGANTIC mustache on the front bumper. This meatball mobile is truly one-of-a-kind and a hoot!


Events

Dishalicious: Asian

Friday, February 9, 2018

You’re invited to wine and dine with us as three top chefs prepare delicious dishes in WTTW’s Grainger studio. Award-winning chef/owner of Chicago’s Monteverde, Sarah Grueneberg entertains as host for an evening filled with live cooking demonstrations, tastings, and more!

Free Screening & Discussion — Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Saturday, February 17, 2018

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, presents a FREE screening and discussion of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.


Kids

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.