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!


House Democrats Move to Impeach Trump. What Are Their Chances?

Chicago Tonight

Illinois US Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Wednesday was one of six House Democrats who formally moved to impeach President Donald Trump by filing articles of impeachment.

Family Secret Inspires Graphic Novel ‘The Hunting Accident’

Chicago Tonight

Imagine learning your father was prison pals with notorious murderer Nathan Leopold. That’s the true story told in a new graphic novel.  

Brookfield Zoo Wolf Released into Wild Found Healthy in New Mexico

Chicago Tonight

A Mexican wolf pup born this spring at Brookfield Zoo and released into the wild as part of a species recovery program was tracked down in New Mexico and is healthy, the zoo announced this week.

WTTW’s ‘Nutcracker’ Documentary Goes Backstage at Joffrey Ballet

Chicago Tonight

The new documentary “Making a New American Nutcracker” premieres on WTTW. We speak with the Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director and the film’s producer.

Police, Community Must Have ‘Mutual Respect,’ Says Author

Chicago Tonight

How can citizens avoid trouble when getting pulled over by the police? We speak with Dwayne Bryant, the author of a manual that explains how to safely handle a traffic stop.

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

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.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Recap: A Friendly Match


A cricket match between the British and Greeks, despite Louisa's insistence that it's a show of comity between the cultures, becomes a competition between Spyros and Hugh.

The Forgotten Story of Illinois's Black World War I Regiment


The 370th Infantry Regiment is one of only a handful of African American regiments that served in World War I and the only one commanded solely by black officers.

Mike Leonard on Crossing the Divide


In his work at the TODAY show, Mike Leonard says that "not one place I went to or person I met was what I thought it would be.

Food & Dining

The World of Food: BYOB

World of Food

This week, Check, Please! focuses its spotlight on a compendium of local restaurants reviewed on the show that have one important thing in common.

Tiztal Cafe

Check, Please!

Tiztal Café is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant serving breakfast and lunch every day. They are known for their oatmeal shake.


Check, Please!

Lockdown is a hard rock burger bar.

J.P. Graziano Grocery & Sub Shop

Check, Please!

J.P. Graziano is not just the oldest Italian market in Chicago, but an amazing “old-school” Italian sub shop as well.

Batter & Berries

Check, Please!

Batter & Berries is all about breakfast and brunch!   Enjoy 62 different varieties of French toast, homemade sausages, chicken & waffles as well as wraps made with all fresh ingre

Aroy Thai

Check, Please!

Truly authentic Thai cuisine is on the menu at Aroy Thai. Be prepared for intense spice and flavors. BYOB 


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.

Ethan Bortnick in Concert at the Park West Theatre

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour,” 15-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over $40,000,000 for charities across the globe. See him in his return to the Chicago stage at Park West Theatre for a night of musical fun for the entire family. Backed by a stage of world-class musicians, this concert is upbeat with an inspiring songlist that will touch you on so many emotional levels!


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...