Solar Eclipse

Special Coverage of the Solar Eclipse

The eclipse will be visible between 11:54 am and 2:42 pm CT – maximum view at 1:19 pm. We will be sharing NASA’s livestream of the eclipse right here.

A solar eclipse.

Unlike Anything Else in the Sky

The first time the Adler Planetarium's Michelle Nichols saw a total solar eclipse, it made her cry. She shares safety tips and fun facts about the upcoming eclipse.

Ready Jet Go!

How to Watch the Eclipse with Your Kids

Dr. Amy from Ready Jet Go! shares how help your children understand what a solar eclipse is and how to safely experience this amazing astronomical event.

WTTW 2017 Viewer Appreciation Drawing

Enter today for your chance to win an incredible weekend getaway! The package includes a luxurious two-night stay, dinner for two, and tickets for exploring.


Former Neo-Nazi on White Supremacy: ‘It’s Terrorism’

Chicago Tonight

“Until the government starts to call it what it is – and that’s terrorism – I’m not sure the point will fully come across as to how dangerous of a problem this is,” said Christian Picciolini, a for

Solar Eclipse Sparks ‘Festival’ Atmosphere in Carbondale

Chicago Tonight

Onlookers were treated to a clear view of the solar eclipse in Carbondale. “It was a festival sort of atmosphere,” Amanda Vinicky said.

Photos: Visitors (and Animals) Take in Solar Eclipse at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago Tonight

Animal behavior experts noticed the biggest change in one particular species during Monday’s eclipse: humans. 

Adler Astronomer: ‘Absolutely Phenomenal’ Solar Eclipse in Carbondale

Chicago Tonight

Adler Planetarium astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz joins us from the eclipse epicenter in Carbondale. 

Dragons, Demons and Omens of Death: A History of Human Eclipse Watching

Chicago Tonight

Over the course of civilization, eclipses have been met with fear and superstition. How humans have reacted to—and explained—eclipses throughout history.

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

'Endeavour' Recap: Checkmate


Endeavour airs Sundays at 8:00 pm and is available to stream.

The Chicago Air and Water Show


The Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend, August 19 and 20. Explore dazzling modern and amusing historic photos of the popular event.

Watching the Eclipse Across America


It's been almost four decades since the last one, and another won't happen until 2024: the first total solar eclipse to pass over the lower 48 states since 1979 is a big deal – you don't want to mi

11 Chicago Public Artworks You Didn't Know Existed


Everyone knows the Picasso and the Bean, but there's a lot more outstanding public art waiting just around the corner in downtown Chicago.

Behind the Scenes with Geoffrey Baer


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.

Food & Dining

The World of Food: Iceland

World of Food

Heat. High humidity. Sunburn and sand between your toes. Deep-fried everything. Yes, those dog days of summer are upon us again.

Mott Street

Check, Please!

Mott Street serves an Asian-inspired night-market menu. It’s served family-style in an eclectic atmosphere. Brunch is served Sundays.

Flo & Santos

Check, Please!

A Polish and Italian tavern style eatery, Flo & Santos offers delicious pizza as well as Polish classics like pierogis and kielbasa. Thin, crispy pizza is made from scratch daily.

Cupcakes for Courage

Check, Please!

Supporting a good cause while eating cupcakes? Now that’s an idea we can get behind!


Check, Please!

Yusho offers an unusual take on yakitori Japanese street food. Enjoy small plate style dishes that give you an opportunity to sample a variety of menu offerings and flavors.

Chef Amaury

Check, Please!

Chef Amaury offers an ever-changing menu of locally sourced dishes in a delightfully artful setting.


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.

Chicago Tonight Viewing Party at WTTW Studios

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet host Phil Ponce and the rest of the Chicago Tonight team! You'll enjoy dinner, a private viewing of the program followed by a Q&A session and a studio tour. Mingle with the hosts and staff after the program and find out what it takes to produce our flagship program.