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Riverview Park.

From the Archive: Riverview Park

Riverview Park delighted Chicagoans for 64 summers, from 1904-1967. A massive parachute tower, beloved roller coasters, spooky fun houses, the world's largest carousel: relive them all in this Chicago Story about the beloved amusement park that used to stand at Belmont and Western.
The iPhone.

The iPhone at 10

Ten years ago today, Apple released the first iPhone, redefining our relationship to technology and heralding the beginning of the smartphone era. Revisit the legacy of the groundbreaking device and its creator in a Chicago Tonight segment that aired after Steve Jobs's death in 2011.
Malcolm Boyd on Callaway Interviews.

From the Archive: An Episcopal Priest On Coming Out

As the Chicago Pride Parade approaches, look back at a conversation with Malcolm Boyd, one of the first American clergymen to come out of the closet. "The majority loses its rights the moment it doesn't recognize the rights of minorities," he says.
Xi'an city walls. Photo: Mick Duffield

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

The Story of China explores 4,000 years of history of the world's oldest continous state. Host Michael Wood and producer Rebecca Dobbs discuss the massive undertaking, their experiences in the country, and their goals in the six-part series.
Rehearsal for JFK's Pre-Inaugural Gala. Photo: Courtesy Mark Shaw

JFK's Lost Inaugural Gala

JFK's friend Frank Sinatra organized a star-studded gala for the new president's inauguration in 1961, but unforeseen circumstances prevented the performances of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly, and others from being broadcast - until now.
The Edgewater Beach Hotel.

Magic by the Lake: The Edgewater Beach Hotel

The Edgewater Beach Hotel played host to weddings, big bands, scandals, and celebrities like Nat King Cole and Bette Davis during its heyday. Experience some of the "Magic by the Lake" in this episode of Chicago Stories.
President John F. Kennedy.

From the Archive: John F. Kennedy

Today is John F. Kennedy's centenary. 34 years ago, WTTW's John Callaway hosted a discussion on the legacy of the 35th president of the United States on the twentieth anniversary of his assassination. 
Soldiers on a search and destroy operation near Qui Nhon. January 17, 1967. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

From the Archive: Veterans and Steppenwolf Discuss the Vietnam War

In 1984, WTTW hosted a discussion of the Vietnam War with a group of veterans and four Steppenwolf Theatre actors playing soldiers onstage, including Gary Sinise. Revisit it here.
Chicago's 1933 World's Fair

A Break in the Clouds: Chicago's 1933 World's Fair

84 years ago today, in the midst of the Great Depression, Chicago opened an extravagant World's Fair. The exposition celebrated "A Century of Progress" in the city and highlighted technological innovations such as the twelve-sided House of Tomorrow, which featured an electric dishwasher and air conditioning, and a Sky Ride that ferried visitors over the entire fair.

Joanne Froggatt as Mary Ann Cotton; H. H. Holmes. Photo: ©JustinSleePhotography2015/MASTERPIECE

Prodigies of Wickedness

Masterpiece: Dark Angel follows the life of Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer. Chicago had its own "first": H. H. Holmes, America's first serial killer, otherwise known as "The Devil in the White City." Learn about the disputed mythology surrounding this shady figure.
The British 'Princes of the Palace'

Meet the 'Princes of the Palace'

Princes of the Palace examined the lives of five British princes, from Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip all the way down to his great-grandson Prince George. Which of the princes was named a best-dressed man by GQ?
A still from the original WTTW documentary about Pilsen, 'Port of Entry.'

From the Archive: Pilsen

Revisit a 1981 WTTW documentary about Pilsen in advance of a new documentary about the community called My Neighborhood. Many of the issues remain the same, but the community has also been transformed in the more than thirty years between the shows.
Barbara, Trixie, and Patsy of 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016

Modern Midwifery: A Conversation with a Midwife-in-Training

Many people probably assume midwives are a thing of the past. A midwife-in-training at the Yale School of Nursing shows otherwise, explaining the various roles midwives play today and surveying the recent history of midwifery.
An anti-German cartoon from World War I. Image courtesy Joseph Gustaitis

How World War I Transformed Chicago

World War I helped trigger huge shifts in Chicago, with the rapid Americanization of Germans, an influx of African Americans, Mexicans, and single women, Prohibition, and more all occured or began because of developments during the Great War.
A mural in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen. (Ken Carl)

My Neighborhood: Pilsen

“I believe if you connect people deeply enough to the experiences of others, they will have the opportunity to discover in themselves their potential to create change.” This could be the mission statement of WTTW's My Neighborhood: Pilsen initiative.
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