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Total Eclipse Brings Rare Spectacle

On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will pass across the United States. The 70 mile-wide line cuts a swathe right through Illinois.

Skillet Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookie from Cook's Country. Photos: Joe Keller (left); Daniel J. Van Ackere

Skillet Recipes from 'Cook's Country'

Try reinventing two classic recipes by using a skillet in these recipes from Cook's Country, which is currently airing a new season on Saturdays.

Ready Jet Go

Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely

Get ready to watch the solar eclipse Monday with this simple and safe pinhole eclipse projector project. It’s easy to make and you can try it out ahead of time. 

Collection of rock album covers

Cornerstones of Rock: American Garage

Join a nostalgic celebration tonight at 7:30 of local garage bands that rose to national prominence in the 1960s and '70s. Check out tickets to see them live at Arcada Theater!


News

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Aug. 17-20

Chicago Tonight

Soaring planes, food fests, an all-night flea and a Chicago love story usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.   

Rauner, Republicans Denounce Trump

Chicago Tonight

Republicans meet at the Illinois State Fair while the House convenes to hammer out a compromise on school funding. 

Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments Draw Harsh Local Reaction

Chicago Tonight

Harsh local reaction Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame for the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

State Rep. Steven Andersson to Step Down

Chicago Tonight

The Republican legislator who was instrumental to the passage of Illinois’ first budget in more than two years is leaving state politics. Find out why.

Solar Eclipse 2017: How to Safely Watch the Eclipse

Chicago Tonight

What can happen if you look at the sun for too long, even if it’s partially or almost fully blocked? We speak to an ophthalmologist about how to safely watch the eclipse.


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

Behind the Scenes with Geoffrey Baer

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Ever wondered how a PBS special gets made? It’s more painstaking than you may realize. Hours of work might yield only a few minutes of material included in the final program.

The Extraordinary Life of Ken Burns' Scriptwriter

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Geoffrey C. Ward has written scripts for Ken Burns for the past thirty years, and his incredible life uniquely fits him for the job.

The Solar Eclipse: Unlike Anything Else in the Sky

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On August 21, the first total solar eclipse since 1979 that can be seen in the lower 48 states will cross America. In Chicago, we'll see 87% of the sun covered.

A Legendary Folk Concert at Carnegie Hall

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In 2003, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Arlo Guthrie, and more gathered in Carnegie Hall to celebrate the influential folk impresario Harold Leventhal.

'Cook's Country' Skillet Recipes

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Cook's Country returns with four all-new episodes on Saturday, August 12, beginning at 2:00 pm.


Food & Dining

The World of Food: Pizza

World of Food

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.”
— “That’s Amore” (Harry Warren/Jack Brooks, as sung by Dean Martin)
 

Wood

Check, Please!

Wood is a farm to table restaurant offering a seasonal menu of homemade dishes that are out-of-this-world. There is a variety of delicious drinks to try from the bar and the staff is wonderful.

Charlatan

Check, Please!

A rustic Italian kitchen meets a Midwestern farmhouse at Charlatan. They offer small plates, large plates, and late-night eats.

The World of Food: Pizza

World of Food

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.”
— “That’s Amore” (Harry Warren/Jack Brooks, as sung by Dean Martin)
 

Rickshaw Republic

Check, Please!

Rickshaw Republic is one of the only Indonesian restaurants in Chicago. The exotic flavors are reminiscent of Malaysian, Filipino or Thai style dishes.

Café Marie-Jeanne

Check, Please!

Café Marie-Jeanne is a cozy French café serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a wine bar and a deli counter.


Events

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.

The Vietnam War: An Evening with Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You’re invited to an exclusive evening with Ken Burns and his directing and producing partner Lynn Novick and be among the first to preview and discuss their new 10-part opus THE VIETNAM WAR.