WTTW to premiere a new exploration of local architecture and history — THE CHICAGO RIVER TOUR WITH GEOFFREY BAER Monday, November 27 at 7:30 pm on WTTW11 and wttw.com/river

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - October 30, 2017

If you had told a Chicagoan 100 years ago that a tour of the Chicago River would top every visitor’s list, you would have been laughed out of town. What was once a meandering weed-choked stream turned smelly industrial channel is now lined with soaring skyscrapers and jammed with tour boats jockeying for position with kayakers and water taxis. Today the Chicago River is more popular than ever, with a new Riverwalk, dramatic new towers and boathouses, and entire new neighborhoods rising along the river’s edge.


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Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

How 'The Nutcracker' Became a Holiday Tradition

Daniel Hautzinger
Despite difficulties involving its creation and lukewarm reviews at its premiere, The Nutcracker has become perhaps the most popular ballet in North America. Its path to success on this continent runs through Disney, San Francisco, and CBS.

'Poldark' Recap: Treachery, Trauma, and Toads

Julia Maish
George schemes to ruin Drake, and Ross and Demelza search for a way to save the boy. But Demelza may hold the power to rescue him, if she makes a terrible choice. Dwight and Caroline's relationship founders in the wake of his traumatic prison experience.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Recap: At Your Age

Daniel Hautzinger
Louisa is having a mid-life crisis. She's feeling old, now that Larry has moved out and taken up with a beautiful young woman and Sven supposedly has a youthful girlfriend. Gerry has been assigned a stodgy new tutor, and Leslie has taken up photography. 

A New American 'Nutcracker'

Daniel Hautzinger
In the Joffrey Ballet's new Nutcracker,  the main characters aren't wealthy but instead are working class immigrants living on the grounds of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair before it opens. How did the Joffrey reinvent a holiday classic?

What to Watch in November

Dan Soles
November is packed with local productions about Chicago. Check out our highlights, from a new Geoffrey Baer tour to a national show looking inside the creative process of making a new Nutcracker, not to mention three other Chicago programs.

Who are the Durrells from Corfu?

Daniel Hautzinger
Zany as they seem, the family and friends in The Durrells in Corfu are based on real people: a naturalist, a famous novelist, a polymath. Meet some of the illustrious Durrells and the other characters they met during their real-life stay in Corfu.

Putin's Revenge

Daniel Hautzinger
Michael Kirk discusses his new Frontline investigation, Putin's Revenge, which looks at Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and what drove Putin to order it. "The ideology of Putin right now is survival of Putin," Kirk says.

WTTW CHICAGO and THE JOFFREY BALLET present a new national documentary Making a New American NUTCRACKER

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - October 23, 2017

For generations, The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition for audiences of all ages. In 2016, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet gave the work an ingenious makeover and a fresh new setting: the fairgrounds of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Produced by WTTW and the Joffrey Ballet, the documentary Making a New American NUTCRACKER goes behind the scenes to reveal the inspiration for this new Nutcracker and introduces audiences to the creative talents who made it happen.


WTTW Contact

Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

WTTW Events | WTTW Kids Big Idea Traveling Lab

WTTW Kids Big Idea Traveling Lab

BIG IDEA tour brings the BIG IDEA Traveling Lab to communities throughout Chicagoland! Join us for an exciting 45-minute FREE live show, perfect for children 2 to 7 years old, bringing to life the fun and learning from WTTW Kids’ most popular and beloved children’s shows.

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