Aje, a 2-year-old male penguin at Lincoln Park Zoo

New Penguin Encounter

For the first time, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering Penguin Encounters that give visitors an up-close look at some of the zoo’s 15 African penguins.

Hemingway’s passport photo

Hemingway in Cuba

When Ernest Hemingway came to Cuba, he had already traveled around the world and had lived or worked in Paris, Key West, Spain and Kenya.

Cover Illustration from Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems

Children’s Books About Camping

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Grab your flashlight or gather around the campfire and break out one of these books on camping for kids ages 1-9.

Close-up of rose.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

An honor or memorial gift in memory of loved ones who were touched by WTTW or WFMT is a meaningful way to make a tribute to someone you admire.


Education Funding Fight Could Prompt Special Session

Chicago Tonight

Schools are caught in the crossfire between Democrats and Republican Gov.

Chicago Leads Nation in Reducing Racial Disparity in Breast Cancer Deaths

Chicago Tonight

For black women in Chicago, a breast cancer diagnosis in 2003 meant you were 68 percent more likely to die from the disease than a white woman. A new study shows that gap is closing.

Judge to Rule July 28 on Cook County Soda Tax

Chicago Tonight

A Cook County judge will rule on the controversial penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax next week.

2 California Sea Lion Pups Debut at Brookfield Zoo

Chicago Tonight

After spending their first weeks learning to swim and bonding with their mothers, Lucy and Taylor make their public debut.

Durbin Pushes for Release of Plan to Keep Asian Carp Out of Great Lakes

Chicago Tonight

A plan to fortify a barrier against Asian carp was set to be released in February but has been stalled by the Trump administration. 

The Week in Review: Layoffs Hit After Pop Tax Fizzles

Chicago Tonight

Cook County layoffs spark a war of words. Chicago drivers get red-light ticket relief. Shakeup in the governor’s office. Revived Cubs are winning again, and the Sox go on a trade tirade.

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

'Remember Me' Recap: Scarborough Scare


Hannah's nightmares continue and begin to be all too real, while Tom has disappeared. Rob and Roshana are slowly uncovering hints about Tom's past – he's been lying about things.

'Grantchester' Recap: A Priest Apart


Sidney leaves Grantchester on a mission – but also to sort out his life. He finds himself an outsider in a gypsy camp, and when a murder involves an acquaintance he's the first suspect. Mrs.

9 Essential Chicago Restaurants from the Creator of 'Check, Please!'


Few people know Chicago's food scene as well as David Manilow.

Take an Immersive Tour of Havana


Our expansive Weekend in Havana website lets you explore Cuba's unique capital city. Plan a trip with a guided tour of the must-see highlights.

Joel Sartore: A Modern-Day Noah


Joel Sartore is the creator of the Photo Ark, a 25-year project to photograph every animal species in human care. He talked to us about the role of the Photo Ark and zoos in conservation.

'Remember Me' Recap: Are You Going?


Tom Parfitt lives alone but is eager to move into assisted living, so he stages a fall.

Food & Dining


Check, Please!

Dawali offers a classic Mediterranean menu. Enjoy falafel, shawerma, shish kabab and more. All are expertly prepared with fresh ingredients and made homemade daily.


Check, Please!

Yuzu offers expertly prepared sushi and Japanese style robata grilled dishes in a modern, yet whimsical and relaxed environment. Sushi is presented in artfully designed and tasty sauces.


Check, Please!

ZED451 is a sleek, sophisticated multi-course meal experience. Specially prepared meats are prepared tableside and fresh offerings are abundant on the seasonal Harvest Tables.

Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles

Check, Please!

Southern comfort food is on the menu at Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles.

Trattoria No. 10

Check, Please!

Found in the theatre district of Chicago’s Loop, Trattoria No 10 offers a menu of locally sustainable meals made with the freshest ingredients.


Check, Please!

Enjoy an ever changing menu of locally sustainable organic ingredients in a fine dining atmosphere at Inovasi.


Chicago River Cruise with Geoffrey Baer

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cruise down the Chicago River with Geoffrey Baer as your architectural docent! Eat dinner and enjoy the views while Geoffrey takes you on the best river architecture cruise in town aboard Chicago's Leading Lady. Boarding begins at 5:30pm.

Free Screening & Discussion- The Vietnam War by Ken Burns

Saturday, August 19, 2017

WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a FREE screening and Discussion of excerpts from The Vietnam War by Ken Burns The Vietnam War by Ken Burns.