Leaves on street

Where Does Chicago’s Yard Waste Go?

Autumn seems to have finally arrived and with it falling leaves. A 1990 state law made it illegal to mix lawn waste with household garbage leaving many confused.

Jane Goodall hugging a chimpanzee. Photo: Tigress Productions

Humans and Their Bonds with Animals

The humans who rehabilitate orphaned wild animals can develop parental bonds with their charges. Learn about some of those intimate bonds here.

Create a Not-So-Scary Boo Book

Halloween is almost here, so it’s a good time to talk about scary things. Help your kids develop coping strategies to overcome their fear by creating a book.

Cup of PT's Coffee

15% Off Specialty Coffee

Producer’s Circle Members are treated to 15% off your coffee purchase at PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. After 20 years they are still committed to finding the best coffees.


Gov. Bruce Rauner Earned $91 Million in 2016, Tax Returns Show

Chicago Tonight

The 1040 tax return forms Gov. Bruce Rauner released Tuesday show his effective tax rate was 26.6 percent, and that he, his wife, and their foundation gave $6.6 million to charity.

2 Aviation Officers Fired for United Airlines Dragging Incident

Chicago Tonight

Video of a United airlines passenger forcibly dragged off a plane stirred a worldwide uproar.

Aasif Mandvi: ‘We’ve Turned Our Government into a Reality Show’

Chicago Tonight

The former “Daily Show” correspondent discusses politics, comedy and culture within the entertainment industry.

Possible Senate Deal Emerges on Obamacare Subsidies

Chicago Tonight

A two-year, stopgap measure still needs congressional approval, but it was the latest twist in the health care saga that has millions of Americans uncertain about the future of their insurance cove

Astronomers Detect Colliding Neutron Stars in Historic Observation

Chicago Tonight

An international team that includes Chicago astronomers recently observed the collision of two high-density neutron stars, a historic discovery that confirms decades of scientific work. 

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

How Well Do You Know Chicago's Restaurant Scene?


Check, Please! always finds some of the best restaurants in Chicago, both well-known and off-the-beaten-path. Can you guess some of the unique places that will be on the show in fall of 2017?

Phil Ponce's Hobby


What does Phil Ponce do when he's not hosting Chicago Tonight?

Scott Pruitt and the 'War on the EPA'


The director of the Frontline investigation War on the EPA discusses the "role reversal" at the EPA under Scott Pruitt, where "the regulated become the regulator," and the importance of battles ove

Thelonious Monk at 100


The jazz pianist was an iconoclast in his style, playing, and compositions, which explains why he was so progressive and influential (he is the second-most recorded jazz composer).

Where to Go During Open House Chicago


During Open House Chicago, which is October 14 and 15, you can see things you've never seen before as more than 200 sites across Chicago, Evanston, and Oak Park open to the public for free.

Food & Dining

Cat’s Corner: A Q & A with Forbidden Root’s Alchemist and Rootmaster

World of Food

Hello all and welcome back! I hope you are as excited as I am about the new season of Check, Please! In the season premiere, we visit Forbidden Root in West Town, a brewpub that opened in 2016.

Cupcakes for Courage

Check, Please!

Supporting a good cause while eating cupcakes? Now that’s an idea we can get behind!

Mott Street

Check, Please!

Mott Street serves an Asian-inspired night-market menu. It’s served family-style in an eclectic atmosphere. Brunch is served Sundays.

The World of Food: Ramadan

World of Food

Beginning with the first sighting of the crescent moon this past Saturday evening, Muslims all over the world celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan and commence the month of Shawwal in th

River Roast

Check, Please!

With beautiful city and water views, River Roast serves up contemporary tavern fare. They also feature live music and craft cocktails.


Check, Please!

Enjoy an ever changing menu of locally sustainable organic ingredients in a fine dining atmosphere at Inovasi.


Free Screening & Discussion: Gadget Girls

Saturday, October 21, 2017

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a FREE screening and Discussion Gadget Girls.

Meet Nature Cat at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This fun, family event will feature an exciting mix of short, theatrical films accompanied by a full length Nature Cat screening!  Stick around after to meet Nature Cat himself and participate in a Q&A with the series’ creators!


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...