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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.


News

Innovation Partnership Launches, But Who’s Paying?

Chicago Tonight

Vacant land in the South Loop could host a massive new research institute.

Study: Despite More Coverage, Mass Killings Not Occurring More Often

Chicago Tonight

While public awareness of mass killings is undoubtedly higher, U of I researchers say the frequency with which they occur is steady – and it’s remained that way over the last decade.

Suburban High School Football in Downward Spiral, Analysis Shows

Chicago Tonight

Youth football seems to be taking a hit. We speak with a Daily Herald investigative reporter about steep declines in high school football participation.

Northwestern Scientists Discover Molecules Capable of Killing Cancer

Chicago Tonight

“Our research may be tapping into one of nature’s original kill switches, and we hope the impact will affect many cancers,” said Northwestern scientist Marcus Peter.

‘Past the Naked Eye’ Captures Science, Fine Art

Chicago Tonight

“I’d like more people to be interested in science,” said Chicago student photographer Kaylee Costello.


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

Phil Ponce's Hobby

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

Scott Pruitt and the 'War on the EPA'

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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

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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

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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.

'Poldark' Recap: A Reconnaissance Mission

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Ross has left a pregnant Demelza behind for France to discover where Dwight is, and whether he's still alive.


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.

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.

The World of Food: Peru

World of Food

Each year on July 28 and 29, the country of Peru holds its annual two-day Independence Day celebration, (or, as it’s known locally, Fiestas Patrias peruanas).

Calo Ristorante

Check, Please!

Calo Ristorante offers a delicious menu of authentic Italian dishes. You will find steaks that rival the best steak houses in town and plentiful plates of seafood pastas.

New Star

Check, Please!

The family-owned New Star has been in business for over 60 years. They serve Chinese-American cuisine and have added Thai and Japanese fare to their menu.

Aroy Thai

Check, Please!

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


Events

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!


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...