Why Do Animals Play?

From siblings with snowballs to wrestling chimps, playful behavior is usually easy to spot. The question of why humans and animals play is less apparent.

Last Tango in Halifax with Sarah Lancashire, Anne Reid, and Derek Jacobi. Photo: BBC/Red Productions/Matt Squire

'Last Tango in Halifax' Holiday Special

Did you catch the first part of the Last Tango in Halifax holiday special last night? Recap or stream it here, before part two airs next week.

Keep the “Happy” in the Holidays!

With parties, family commitments, and inconsistent schedules, little kids can experience stress during the holiday season. Here are tips to keep it happy.

Celebrate with Fresh Flowers

Send beautiful flowers to loved ones and friends, like the Holiday Cheer Bouquet. WTTW Members receive 15% off FTD bouquets.


Does This Amish Family Have an Internal ‘Fountain of Youth’?

Chicago Tonight

A gene found in an Amish family in Indiana may hold the secret to living longer and healthier. We speak with the lead author of a new study.

Fracking Harms Health of Infants Born Nearby, UChicago Study Finds

Chicago Tonight

Babies born within 2 miles of a fracking site are more likely to suffer negative health effects, according to a new study co-authored by a professor at the University of Chicago. 

Reporter in Laquan McDonald Case Won’t be Forced to Testify

Chicago Tonight

Jamie Kalven, the Chicago journalist who broke the story of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death, will not be compelled to turn over his sources or testify in open court, a judge has ruled. “To have it resolved, and definitive resolved, was a big relief,” Kalven said.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to Andy Frain Ushers?

Chicago Tonight

For many years, sports fans in Chicago were welcomed to games by clean-cut and friendly Andy Frain ushers. Geoffrey Baer has the story of the man behind the house of ushers.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 14-17

Chicago Tonight

Vintage gifts, irreverent reindeer, hot mulled wine, Japanese drummers and Mavis Staples usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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

Turkeys, Tofurkys, and Turduckens: How Well Do You Know Thanksgiving Food?


How much do you know about turkeys, tofurkys, turduckens, and all the other dishes you only eat at Thanksgiving? 

"Teetering Over the Abyss of Poverty": Child Poverty in the US


"When you're born into this world it's very hard to realistically change your life," says the director of the newly updated Frontline: Poor Kids. "Kids can escape into their dreams; adults escape into alcoholism or drugs.

Thanksgiving Gravy from Your Turkey's Pan Drippings


If you're making an outstanding turkey, you don't want to waste any of that fantastic flavor that drips off into the pan. Instead, turn those rich drippings into gravy, using a broth made from the giblets and neck bone of your bird.

Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey for Thanksgiving


Turkey is arguably the most difficult part of a Thanksgiving meal to make, especially if you brine it in a liquid salt mixture. Try this dry-brine recipe, which is easier to manage, less messy, and more effective. 

'Poldark' Recap: Belief is a Beautiful Thing


Did you miss the season finale of Poldark? Demelza makes a decisive choice regarding Armstrong while Rowella and Morwenna stand up to Osborne. George makes trouble for Drake, while Elizabeth gives George an ultimatum.


Food & Dining

The World of Food: Gingerbread

World of Food

What food is a winter holiday mainstay, contains an ingredient with proven medicinal qualities, and is often used as a building material?

Athenian Room

Check, Please!

Athenian Room is a delightful casual Greek dining experience in Lincoln Park. The kalamata Greek chicken is the signature dish to try in this over 40 year old restaurant.

La Sirena Clandestina

Check, Please!

A variety of Latin American flavors make up the menu at La Sirena Clandestina. Traditional dishes are kicked-up a notch with bold flavor combinations.

The Duck Inn

Check, Please!

The Duck Inn is a cozy, retro inspired gastro-tavern located at Loomis Street and the Chicago River. It combines locally sourced dining with creative duck dishes and other American menu items.

Giant City Lodge

Check, Please!

Southern hospitality in the middle of the park! Giant City Lodge offers a menu of classic down-home cooking.


Check, Please!

MingHin offers authentic Cantonese classics and a wide variety of dim sum in the heart of Chicago’s China Town.


Free Screening & Discussion: A Legacy of Hope

Saturday, January 20, 2018

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a FREE screening and Discussion of A Legacy of Hope.

Fab Four in Concert at Arcada Theatre

Friday, February 9, 2018

With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.


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...