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Geoffrey Baer. Photo: Ken Carl

Geoffrey Baer's Boats

In the upcoming The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer, Geoffrey boards six diverse vessels to explore Chicago's waterways by boat. From a canoe to a tugboat, discover the different boats and how each represents a different part of river traffic.
Visual development for Bambi, 1942, in watercolor on paper. Image: Courtesy of Tyrus Wong

The People Who Bring Disney Films to Life

Even though they're the ones who create what you see and love in Disney films, animators, designers, and art directors aren't household names. Discover the people responsible for Fantasia, Jafar, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and more, and learn about their adventurous lives.
Tyrus Wong in his kite studio. Photo: Ildiko Lazslo

Famous Artists Who Also Happen to Be Living Centenarians

The Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, responsible for the artistic look of Bambi and subject of a new American Masters documentary, lived to be 106 years old. What famous artists born more than a century ago are still living – some even working – today?  
Richard Linklater. Photo: Courtesy Detour Films

The Unexpected and Varied Oeuvre of Richard Linklater

You might have Richard Linklater pegged as a philosophizing director fixated on subdued, musing moments, but he's made a wide range of films. From School of Rock to Fast Food Nation to Bernie to Boyhood, explore some of his films, including two upcoming ones.
Marley's Ghosts, Before I Kick the Bucket, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and Chicago's Vietnam Stories.

What to Watch in September

There’s a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so we have some highlights from WTTW's Dan Soles, who programs WTTW's schedule. This month, there's a bucket list, a haunted comedy, a documentary about financial injustice, and veteran stories.
The Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Photo: Courtesy of City of Chicago

Centennials Galore at the Chicago Jazz Festival

The free Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, celebrates the centennials of Dizzy, Ella, and Monk this year – but it also features creative new projects. Dee Alexander, a performer in the Fest, and Neil Tesser, an organizer, discuss the programming with us.
Golden Knights. Photo: City of Chicago, DCASE

The Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend, August 19 and 20. Explore dazzling modern and amusing historic photos of the popular event.
Richard Serra's 'Reading Cones' in Chicago's Grant Park.

11 Chicago Public Artworks You Didn't Know Existed

Everyone knows the Picasso and the Bean, but there's a lot more outstanding public art waiting just around the corner in downtown Chicago. Discover ten works by some of the twentieth century's most famous artists, and a piece that was just removed from a major Chicago tourist attraction.
The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer. Photo: Ken Carl

Behind the Scenes with Geoffrey Baer

Ever wondered how a PBS special gets made? It’s more painstaking than you may realize. Hours of work might yield only a few minutes of material included in the final program. Go behind the scenes of the filming of an upcoming Geoffrey Baer tour.
Pete Seeger & The Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Arlo Guthrie and more on stage. Photo: Robert Corwin

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. Learn about the background of the concert and careers of these folk legends.
The Plaza de Cristo in Havana, Cuba. Photo: Brian Canelles

Take an Immersive Tour of Havana

Our expansive Weekend in Havana website lets you explore Cuba's unique capital city. Plan a trip with a guided tour of the must-see highlights. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Havana with 360 video. Explore the cars, cigars, cocktails, and dance of Cuba, and more.
The Experience with Dedry Jones.

"This Is What I Need to Do": The Experience with Dedry Jones

Dedry Jones loves music, but he's not a musician. He expresses his passion by talking about music, and he's quite the conversationalist. Learn how he began hosting an interview and performance series with the artists he thought people should know. He also shares his favorite performances.
Altar Set, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing reign mark and period. Photo: Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chinese Masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago

Tao Wang, head of Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, reveals his favorite works in the museum's Chinese collection and the surprising stories behind them. He guides a tour through Chinese art history and discusses his upcoming large exhibition, his first since coming to the museum. 
Last Men in Aleppo. Photo: AMC 2017

Trying to Create Hope in Syria

Feras Fayyad's documentary Last Men in Aleppo follows the volunteer rescue workers known as White Helmets who rescue people from the rubble after bombings in Syria. "They must help themselves because nobody else will help them," Fayyad says. "They try to create hope."
A Capitol Fourth with fireworks. Photo: Capital Concerts/Keith Lamond via Shutterstock

Meet the Performers in 'A Capitol Fourth'

Now in its 37th year, A Capitol Fourth is an unmatched fireworks display and musical event. Meet some of the performers, from host John Stamos, who also appears with The Beach Boys, from comedy stalwarts The Blues Brothers to gospel star Yolanda Adams.
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