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Weekend Best Bets

Master the art of making a perfect Chicago-style hot dog at the Best Chicago Style Dog. Learn how to assemble the char-broiled dog, compete, or just have fun!

Gay Episcopal priest and civil rights activist Malcolm Boyd.

From the Archive: Malcolm Boyd

As the Chicago Pride Parade approaches, look back at a 1978 conversation on WTTW with one of the first American clergymen to come out of the closet.

Ways to Sneak in Summer Learning

Helping your kids keep their skills sharp during the summer doesn’t have to be difficult. Learning opportunities are everywhere! Here are 5 fun ways.

WTTW Great British Baking Show Drawing

Enter today for your chance to win the ultimate fan prize package! The lucky winner will receive DVDs of Seasons 1 through 4, two popular cookbooks, and more.


News

Man Accused of Stealing $7M from Elderly Homeowners Pleads Not Guilty

Chicago Tonight

A Chicago businessman pleads not guilty in federal court to charges he stole $7 million from elderly homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme.

As End of Fiscal Year Nears, Little Progress in Springfield

Chicago Tonight

The end of the fiscal year is a week from Friday. Is Illinois any closer to getting a budget passed by that deadline?

Sun-Times Critic Hedy Weiss Under Fire for Steppenwolf Review

Chicago Tonight

A recent review of the Steppenwolf production “Pass Over” by Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times has gotten the theater critic of more than 30 years in some hot water.


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

The Path to Becoming a Puppeteer on Children's Shows

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David Rudman plays Cookie Monster on Sesame Street and has created numerous children's shows with his brother Adam and their production company.

Shedd Aquarium's Fascinating and Ingenious Animals

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Do you know how dolphins continue to surface for breath even while sleeping, why trainers use hair dryers on sea otters in aquariums, or the difficulties of beluga whale birth and calf-rearing?

An Interview with the Makers of 'The Story of China'

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The Story of China explores 4,000 years of history of the world's oldest continous state.


Food & Dining

Beatrix

Check, Please!

Beatrix offers a menu of American favorites with in a vibrant, high-energy atmosphere.

Italian Village

Check, Please!

This is one of Chicago’s oldest restaurants and it is still run by the original Capitanini family. A classic Italian menu is complemented by a professional and knowledgeable staff servin

Krapil's

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.


Events

Chicago River Cruise with Geoffrey Baer

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cruise down the Chicago River with Geoffrey Baer as your architectural docent! Eat dinner and enjoy the views while Geoffrey takes you on the best river architecture cruise in town aboard Chicago's Leading Lady. Boarding begins at 5:30pm.

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.