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!


Brookfield Zoo’s Oldest Animal Turns 50

Chicago Tonight

Ramar, one of the oldest gorillas in the country, celebrated a milestone birthday this month with a frozen “cake” filled with fruit and raisins. 

Chicago Women’s March to the Polls Draws Estimated Crowd of 300K

Chicago Tonight

On the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration—and as a federal government shutdown commenced—an estimated 300,000 people in Chicago gathered to express their dissatisfaction with his leadership as part of the Chicago Women’s March to the Polls.

Feds Seeking Death Penalty Against Man Accused in U. of I. Student Death

Chicago Tonight

In a five-page filing Friday afternoon, U.S. Attorney John Childress says a “sentence of death is justified” against Brendt Christiansen if he is convicted in the death of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang.

CPS Releases Space Utilization Data After Yearlong Gap

Chicago Tonight

Nearly 230 Chicago Public Schools are underutilized, according to new district data. That’s nearly equal to the number of schools the district says are operating efficiently.

The Week in Review: Celebrating Joel Weisman

Chicago Tonight

A special hourlong presentation celebrates Joel Weisman’s 40th anniversary as host – and his final appearance at the helm of the show he helped create. “For four decades, Fridays have always been my favorite day of the week,” he says.

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

The Brazilian Explorer Who Saved Theodore Roosevelt's Life


In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt set off on a journey down a river in the Amazonian jungle. The expedition was led in part by one of the little-known heroes of modern Brazil: the explorer and advocate for indigenous peoples Cândido Rondon.

From the Archive: An Interview with Oprah at the Beginning of Her Fame


Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey gave a galvanizing acceptance speech after being granted a lifetime achievement award.

Hunting for the Treasure of – and in – Books


“I have spent most of my life in a perennial quest to convince people that reading a book is actually worthwhile,” Amy Brent says.

The Nobel Prize, 'Top Chef,' and HBO on 'The Interview Show'


In the first half of the new season of The Interview Show, Mark Bazer sits down with some outstanding guests with Chicago connections, including a Nobel Prize-winning economist, a Top Chef alum, and a screenwriter whose show was just picked up by

What to Watch in January


Sure, Victoria returns with a second season this month.

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.

The World of Food: New Year’s Day

World of Food

New Year’s Day is imbued with meaning for many across the globe.


Check, Please!

Tuscano’s offers a menu of expertly prepared classic Italian dishes. They also have a wide selection of wines and delicious martinis.


Check, Please!

Herb is Thai food reimagined. Their belief is that preparing fresh food helps lead a healthy lifestyle.

90 Miles Cuban Café

Check, Please!

At 90 Miles Cuban Café, authentic Cuban cuisine is presented in an electric atmosphere of festive Latin music. Enjoy deliciously prepared ropa vieja, lechon, empanadas, and plantain dishes.

Knife & Tine

Check, Please!

Knife & Tine offers a menu of classic dishes with a special twist. You’ll find a seasonal menu of homemade pasta and creative dishes. Service is exceptional.


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.


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.