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Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park, with the skyline in the background.

With March Now Behind Us, How Is Your Chicago News Knowledge? Take Our News Quiz

With a mayoral runoff election next week, more expressway traffic, and plans for a busy summer in Grant Park, there were plenty of headlines to keep up with in Chicago this month. Take our March news quiz.
Earth's horizon from space

What to Watch in April

With Earth Day in April, we have several shows examining the changes needed to adapt to—and further forestall—climate change, as well as stories of World War II, icons of America, and new dramas. 
J'Nai Bridges performing in "A Knee on the Neck" with the National Philharmonic

'American Masters' Features an Opera Singer with Ties to Chicago

J'Nai Bridges, the subject of a new American Masters documentary, was a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center for three years, and is currently singing Carmen at the Lyric. She has also worked with the Chicago area composer Shawn E. Okpebholo.
Bracket graphic depicting "The Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"

The Voters Have Spoken: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is The Most Beautiful Place in Chicago!

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois has won the Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge!
The Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge has the Unity Temple and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir facing off for Most Beautiful Place in Chicago

The Final: BAPS Mandir and Unity Temple Square Off for the Title of The Most Beautiful Place in Chicago

It's time for the finals of our Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge, with BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett facing off against Unity Temple in Oak Park. Vote for your favorite!
A graphic depicting the "Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"

Semifinal: Vote for the Most Beautiful Places in Chicago

The semifinals for the Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge have arrived! In this round, we've got Ping Tom Park vs. Unity Temple, and Tribune Tower vs. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Vote now! 
A graphic depicting the "Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"

Round 1: Vote for the Most Beautiful Places in Chicago

What do you think is the most beautiful place in Chicago? Vote in round one of our bracket challenge! Round one features eight locations included in The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago with Geoffrey Baer.
The Henry Hinds Laboratory for Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago by Ike Colburn

The Eye-Grabbing Architecture of Chicago's College Campuses

If you're in search of beautiful buildings, the biggest bang for your buck is to explore Chicago-area college campuses, which have noteworthy structures within easy walking distance of each other. Geoffrey Baer highlights a few. 
Geoffrey Baer in the Rookery in Chicago

What to Watch in March

A new Geoffrey Baer special, a Frontline on our uncertain economic times, an exciting drama line-up, St. Patrick’s Day, and a profile of Dr. Fauci are all coming up!
Two seniors from Kelvyn Park High School fill out their ballots for the Feb. 28 Chicago municipal election behind voting booths at the Kilbourn Park polling station. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

It Was Another Busy Month in Chicago News. Take Our February News Quiz.

Did you keep up with the news in and around Chicago in February? Test your knowledge of local headlines with our February news quiz.
Geoffrey Baer in the Rookery in Chicago

Geoffrey Baer on His Upcoming Special 'The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago'

In his newest special, Geoffrey Baer explores The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago, from gilded lobbies to verdant parks and eye-bending skyscrapers to glorious sacred spaces. He discusses the project, and what he loves about Chicago. 
Alversa Beals celebrating the opening of Operation Life’s medical clinic in West Las Vegas in 1972. She's featured in the upcoming Independent Lens story, "Storming Caesars Palace."

What to Watch on WTTW for Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in March with the stories of women who were leaders in their fields. 
Soldier Field shown from above with a crowd at a rock concert on June 4, 1977

Chicago Has Never Hosted a Super Bowl. But Soldier Field Once Hosted the “Super Bowl of Rock.”

None of the 57 Super Bowls has taken place in Chicago, but Soldier Field did once host a "Super Bowl of Rock" featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Foghat, the J. Geils Band, and more.
Nicholas Crayton from WTTW's FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison

A "Daily Struggle": WTTW's 'FIRSTHAND' Explores the Challenges Complicating Life After Prison

Thousands of restrictive laws govern people who have been released from prison in the United States, making it difficult for them to find housing, employment, and to restart life after they have done their time, as WTTW's FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison explores. The producer of the documentaries spoke about the project. 
Eliza and William in season 3 of Miss Scarlet and the Duke

'Miss Scarlet and the Duke' Recap: Season 3 Episode 5

Eliza is upset that William is seeing Arabella, but she needs his help as she tries to claim an inheritance for an unknown heir and thus receive a sizable fee that could change her business prospects.
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