Vivian Maier

New Book on the Incredible Vivian Maier

The story of the reclusive Rogers Park nanny who took extraordinary street photos is, by now, pretty well known. But is that the whole story?

Photo: Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

This Week's 'Poldark' Recap

Ross and his friends plan a dangerous prison break to free Dwight, while Drake and Demelza struggle to break things off as a new, distasteful suitor emerges.

Daniel Tiger Pumpkin template and carved pumpkin

Carve a Pumpkin!

Help your kids turn their jack-o'-lantern into their favorite WTTW Kids character. First, choose your character, download the template, and start carving!

Grover plush toy

Bring Home Grover

We know Grover is one of your Sesame Street favorites. You or a friend will love this soft and cuddly plush toy, a special membership offer with a $40 gift.


Cubs Season Ends With Humiliating NLCS Defeat

Chicago Tonight

It was a merciless ending to a rough NLCS rematch against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who now advance to the World Series for the first time since 1988 after a 11-1 Game 5 victory. 

Former Students Describe Alleged Sexual Misconduct of Evanston Teacher

Chicago Tonight

Evanston Police say they have fielded dozens of calls in the last week regarding allegations of sexual harassment and abuse levied against a former high school acting teacher.

New Book Focuses on Life, Work of Mysterious Photographer Vivian Maier

Chicago Tonight

Northwestern photography professor Pamela Bannos joins us to discuss her new book “Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife.”

Apple Takes a Bite Out of Chicago Riverfront

Chicago Tonight

After almost 14 years on the Magnificent Mile, the Apple store is making a move to the Chicago River. We get a preview of the new space.

Deadline Day for Amazon HQ2 Bids

Chicago Tonight

Chicago is reportedly pulling out all the stops to try to entice the e-commerce giant. But just what is Amazon looking for, and how strong a contender is Chicago likely to be?

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

'Poldark,' Old and New


The Poldark airing now isn't the first adaptation of Winston Graham's historical novels.

'Poldark' Recap: A Clever Ruse


The Poldark family grows bigger but they're eager to help the starving villagers during this Christmas season – even better if it angers George.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Recap: Toad in the Hole


The Durrells are back, and they have a fierce new landlord. Louisa attempts to make money at market but attracts only another Brit interested more in her than her wares.

The Aspirations of Chicago Ideas Week


Chicago Ideas Week wants "to help people process all the tumult in this country by positing questions, giving them ideas, and getting them thinking" by presenting innovative thinkers in conversatio

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?

Food & Dining

The World of Food: West Africa

World of Food

Check, Please! has exposed all of us to many exotic cuisines over the years, but this week, we take you to an area not as often represented on the Chicago area dining scene: West Africa.

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


Check, Please!

Boltwood offers simple and accessible new American food. Go in for a quick bite, or stay for a formal family dinner.

de Quay

Check, Please!

De Quay offers a modern fusion of Dutch and Indonesian cuisine. Unique cocktails and a relaxing ambiance invite you to stay a while.

BIG & little's

Check, Please!

It’s a fast food joint with a gourmet twist! BIG & Little’s offers the seafood fast-food eater some unique and delicious options.


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...