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Explore Chicago’s Construction Boom

Downtown Chicago is experiencing such explosive growth it’s being called the Super Loop. What is the super loop and who is it for? Here’s what we found out.

President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu in Saigon, 1969. Photo: Associated Press

Stream The Vietnam War

Episode four of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 10-part The Vietnam War airs tonight. Stream the previous episodes and explore the upcoming ones.

Splash, a yellow fusilier fish.

Ocean Friends Forever!

Go under the sea for games, videos and activities with Splash, the yellow fusilier fish, and his pal Bubbles, the Mandarin Dragonet, as they explore ocean habitats.

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Enjoy Unlimited Video Access

WTTW Sustainer Members enjoy unlimited access to WTTW and PBS shows on demand via computer, smartphone, or tablet with WTTW Passport.


News

Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State’s Leaders

Chicago Tonight

A joint Chicago-Illinois delegation has returned from a scouting trip to Seattle, as the city and state attempt to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul Announces Bid for Attorney General

Chicago Tonight

Lisa Madigan’s bombshell announcement that she won’t run for a fifth term has ignited the race to replace her.

Mueller Probe Intensifies as Former Trump Campaign Manager Targeted

Chicago Tonight

The pressure rises on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller heats up.

Hyperloop One Develops High-Speed Pods, Big Plans for Chicago

Chicago Tonight

Imagine traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh in under an hour. The company Hyperloop One is developing pods that would travel through tubes at speeds of over 600 mph.

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst

Chicago Tonight

His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.


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

Chicago's First Mexican Church

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A century ago, Mexicans first began settling in Chicago as laborers in the steel mills, packinghouses, and on the railroads.

Geoffrey Baer's Boats

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In the upcoming The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer, Geoffrey boards six diverse vessels to explore Chicago's waterways by boat.

From the Archive: A Vietnam Veteran Turned Protester

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Hear excerpts from a 1977 Studs Terkel interview with Ron Kovic, the author of the best-selling memoir Born on the Fourth of July, which became an Oliver Stone film.

Eight Mind-Expanding Discoveries Made by NASA's Cassini Mission

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for thirteen years, gathering data about the planet, its many unique moons, and its mysterious rings.

The Only Bank Prosecuted for the 2008 Financial Crisis

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In 2015, Abacus Federal Savings Bank was the 2,651st largest bank in the United States. It's also the only U.S. bank prosecuted for the 2008 financial crisis.


Food & Dining

The World of Food: Vietnam

World of Food

The latest film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, premieres on WTTW11 and wttw.com on Sunday, September 17.

Owen & Engine

Check, Please!

The British inspired Owen & Engine offers classic English pub food and a rotating menu of tap and craft beers. Ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced.

L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge

Check, Please!

Classic comfort food and cocktails are on the menu at L. Woods. Enjoy American classics like fried chicken, ribs, chops, fish dishes and delicious desserts in a warm atmosphere.

Antique Taco

Check, Please!

Tacos are king at Antique Taco. However, these aren’t your grandmother’s tacos! Enjoy deliciously creative and fresh ingredients in an eclectic atmosphere, strewn with antiques.

Bite Café

Check, Please!

Bite Café is a cozy, bustling neighborhood diner, offering a chef-to-table dining experience. It offers an eclectic menu of dinner items and creative brunch selections, including poutine.

Briciola

Check, Please!

An Italian trattoria with a fabulous patio and a delicious seasonal menu. This BYOB eatery offers expertly prepared simple Italian dishes, with creative twists, in a cozy, warm atmosphere.


Events

Story Lab Show Featuring Vietnam Veterans

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

With the premiere of The Vietnam War, A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick in September, WTTW is partnering with Story Lab Chicago to present a riveting evening of storytelling from Vietnam

Free Screening & Discussion- My Neighborhood: Pilsen

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a FREE screening and Discussion of My Neighborhood: Pilsen. This engaging new 1-hour documentary is an intimate street-level look at what community engagement and activism has done for one Chicago neighborhood: Pilsen. Playing like a street mural come to life, six Pilsen residents share their personal stories to illustrate how the residents of this predominantly Mexican-American working class community have organized to address the societal issues facing their community, ranging from housing to health care to education and citizenship. 


Kids

Nature Cat

On a trip to Barrel Cactus National Park to enjoy nature in all its glorious splendor, Nature Cat and his pals encounter Shelby, a very sad desert tortoise. Today is Shelby’s...