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.


CPS Officials Hope Charlottesville Can Offer Teachable Moment

Chicago Tonight

In the wake of widespread protests, Chicago Public Schools officials are hoping educators can use the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, as a teaching moment when classes resume next month.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Live Coverage

Chicago Tonight

Videos of the eclipse from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and multiple spots across the U.S. from NASA, plus safety tips, Chicago watch parties and more.

Pediatricians Warn About Rapid Weight Changes in Youth Athletes

Chicago Tonight

“Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful,” said Dr. Rebecca Carl.

Solar Eclipse Offers Unique Lens for Studying Animal Behavior

Chicago Tonight

Like scientists across the country, Lincoln Park Zoo’s animal experts will spend Monday’s solar eclipse carefully observing the zoo’s residents for changes in behavior.

State Board to Begin Measuring Kindergarten Readiness

Chicago Tonight

School districts across the state already track how prepared students are to enter high school, but beginning this fall they’ll also start measuring their development before they enter elementary s

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

The Extraordinary Life of Ken Burns' Scriptwriter


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


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


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


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

Understanding Vietnam: A Conversation with the Director of 'The Vietnam War'


Lynn Novick, co-director with Ken Burns of the ten-part, eighteen hour documentary series The Vietnam War, which premieres in September, discusses the potential lessons of the war and one of the mo

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.


Check, Please!

Serving a wide selection of American dishes, Krapil’s hits the spot. From steaks to delicious pizzas, this northwoods styled restaurant has been keeping people coming back for over 50 years.

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)

Ahjoomah’s Apron

Check, Please!

Ahjoomah’s Apron offers an authentic Korean menu in a sleek, modern environment. Enjoy delicious Korean dishes and a wide selection of small plates.

Vito & Nick’s

Check, Please!

Vito & Nick’s specializes in homemade, thin, crispy pizza and a menu of classic Italian dishes.

EL Ideas

Check, Please!

EL Ideas makes fine dining fun. This unique dining experience is unpretentious and surprisingly creative.


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.