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.


Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Esther Saperstein

Chicago Tonight

This week, we raise a glass to the moms who hold it down in the House (and the Senate) with a concoction as American as apple pie—fragrant applejack, tough whiskey and snappy lemon and ginger. 

CDC: Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in 2015

Chicago Tonight

Following years of steady decreases, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant rise in teen overdose deaths in 2015.

The Week in Review: Gov. Rauner Breaks Silence on Donald Trump

Chicago Tonight

Rauner slams Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. The battle over school funding ramps up. Lawmakers try to stamp out the soda tax.

Question Over Controversial Public Monuments Comes to Chicago

Chicago Tonight

As the debate over Confederate monuments heats up following the Charlottesville tragedy, some Chicago aldermen want to get rid of a name with a fascist history.

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

National Book Lover's Day... On PBS


Explore upcoming adaptations of books on PBS, from beloved classics to contemporary novels, on National Book Lover's Day.

Looking Back at Nixon's Resignation


43 years ago today, Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the Presidency on national television. The next day, August 9, he resigned.

A "Colossal Booboo": The Incredible Story of the Chicago Picasso


One of Chicago's most iconic emblems came out of an unlikely alliance between a gruff, conservative mayor and a sensuous, progressive artist.

Savarin Recipe from 'The Great British Baking Show'


The technical challenge in the semifinal episode of this season of The Great British Baking Show is a savarin, a yeasted cake soaked in liqueur.

'The Arab Americans'


"It was time to present a historical perspective of Arab Americans," says Abe Kasbo, creator of the documentary The Arab Americans, which traces the history and contributions of Arabs in America si

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!

Authentic Cuban cuisine is on the menu at Paladar.

Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club

Check, Please!

Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club offers an eclectic brunch menu. This charming rustic diner offers dishes with Mexican, Greek, Korean and Mediterranean inspirations.


Check, Please!

TWO uses locally sourced products so the creative menu changes with the seasons. Tapas style, dishes are served on medium plates perfect for sharing with more than one person.

Lady Gregory's

Check, Please!

A warm atmosphere and delicious menu using locally sourced ingredients is what you will find at Lady Gregory’s.

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.