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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!


News

Letter: Extend Federal Funds for Children’s Health Insurance Program

Chicago Tonight

More than 50 organizations are urging the Illinois congressional delegation to reauthorize funding for programs that provide health insurance to children and support for low-income and at-risk fami

15 Men Cleared in First-Ever Mass Exoneration in Cook County

Chicago Tonight

“It’s a brand new beginning for me,” said Leonard Gipson, one of 15 men who had drug convictions vacated by a judge Thursday.

Putin Playing a ‘Long Game’ to Restore Russian Pride, Influence

Chicago Tonight

As evidence mounts that Russia did meddle in the 2016 election, we speak with a Russia expert about what Vladimir Putin’s strategic goals might be.

Lawsuit: Public Defenders ‘Forced to Endure Heinous Sexual Misconduct’

Chicago Tonight

Carol Marin discusses a court appearance by attorneys for Cook County public defenders who filed suit over detainees exposing themselves.

Cautionary Tales of City Life by Chicago Painter Bill Walker

Chicago Tonight

A new exhibition looks at rare works of art that are powerful—and sometimes graphic. The historic work was made by an artist with a strong connection to Chicago public art.


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

Articulate With Jim Cotter

Playlist

Articulate with Jim Cotter is a new arts and culture show airing on WTTW Prime that spotlights everything from a maker of extravagant hats to a 92-year-old pianist who studied with Rachmaninoff.

The Stories Behind PBS Shows

Playlist

50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson created a federally funded public broadcasting system to "enrich man's spirit." PBS has produced a wide range of programs since then.

'Poldark' Recap: Romance, Regret, and Revenge

Playlist

Demelza continues to attract the attention of a dashing soldier while Ross becomes increasingly difficult and ends up giving George more power. Morwenna's marriage is dreadful.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Recap: Storms and Spirits

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An apocalyptic storm puts everyone in an ominous mood and traps all the Durrells inside, including Larry, who's at home suffering from the mumps.

How 16 Chicago Streets Got Their Names

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From a Swedish immigrant who planted the majority of trees in Chicago after the Fire to two separate brewers, a lucky friend to a developer who rebuilt his home three times, the people who gave the


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.

Sauce and Bread Kitchen

Check, Please!

Sauce and Bread Kitchen offers a variety of homemade dishes featuring bread baked and meats smoked on the premises.

Frontier

Check, Please!

Frontier offers a unique dining experience in a rustic tavern atmosphere.

Nicksons

Check, Please!

Classic Midwestern fare is on the menu at Nicksons. Delicious food is served in a comfortable atmosphere with excellent service.   

5 Rabanitos

Check, Please!

The food is just as colorful and upbeat as the décor at 5 Rabanitos. Enjoy Mexican classics and BYOB.

QXY (Quing Xiang Yuan)

Check, Please!

Serving the best dumplings in town, QXY aims to be unique yet authentic. Along with serving their vast array of dumplings, they also offer classes on how to make them.


Events

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!


Kids

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...