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Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili of the Joffrey Ballet in Orphée et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography

An Exciting Collaboration Between Two Giants of Chicago's Arts Scene

Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice revolutionized opera two and a half centuries ago, and now it inaugurates a new collaboration rife with possibilities between two of Chicago's largest arts organizations, the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera. Their production airs Friday, January 18 on Great Performances
Mark Bazer

The Unique Chicagoans On This Season of 'The Interview Show'

Meet the guests appearing on the new season of The Interview Show with Mark Bazer, which premieres Thursday, January 10, from an author behind blockbuster movies to an ESPN commentator, young musicians to multifaceted Chicagoans.
Helen Lambin shows Jay Shefsky her collection of tattoos

The Amazing People Jay Shefsky Meets

"I’m fortunate in that I get to do stories about people that I like," says Jay Shefsky. And even though they're everyday people, they're often extraordinary, with fascinating stories, jobs, or passions. "I want to share their stories and their work."
Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission. Photo: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 1965

Shows We're Excited for in 2019

The beginning of a new year always brings the excitement of eagerly anticipated shows, and 2019 is no exception. From Oscar-buzzy documentaries to sweeping histories from Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to new dramas and adaptations, it's going to be a good year. 
A white Andalusian horse. Photo: Aaron Munson/Handful of Films

What to Watch in January

The first month of 2018 has compassionate looks at some of Chicago's most fascinating people, a new comedic mystery, another season of genealogical sleuthing with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a two-part Nature series. Oh yeah – and a little show called Victoria.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Great British Baking Show Masterclass Christmas Special. Photo: Love Productions

What to Stream this Month

December obviously brings the holidays, making it the perfect time to curl up in your warm home and watch some TV while snow falls outside. Here are holiday specials, a Christmas concert, festive baking episodes, and more to tide you through those dark, cold nights.
Fred Rogers

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' the Mister Rogers Documentary, Comes to PBS

The critically acclaimed film about Fred Rogers, which is the top-grossing biographical documentary of all time, is coming to WTTW in February. 
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Wonderland Express exhibition. Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden

Tour a wintry Chicago – made out of nuts, twigs, bark, and mushrooms!

Imagine Chicago transformed into a festive forest fairyland, and you have the Chicago Botanic Garden's holiday Wonderland Express. Over 80 landmarks are constructed completely out of natural materials, from bark to gourds. Take a magical video tour here.
Fred and Violet Buckle and Reggie in the Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Production/BBC

What to Watch in December

Celebrate two major anniversaries: Apollo 8, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon, and the centennial of a major American musical figure. Plus, enjoy a holiday special from a favorite show and a documentary about the Jewish songwriters responsible for much of our Christmas music.
Lincoln Park ZooLights. Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park ZooLights and Its More Than Two Million Lights Are Back

More than two million lights, a crew of twenty-two people, 7,200 working hours, 600,000 visitors: it's ZooLights, one of Chicago's beloved holiday traditions. What does it take to plan, set up, and run the extravagant light shows?
The CTA Holiday Train. Photo: CTA

The CTA Holiday Train and Bus Are Returning!

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the CTA Holiday Train will begin bringing joy to "L" riders, and the Holiday Bus starts service the next week. Find their schedules here so that you can get a chance to enjoy the lights and take a photo with Santa!
Wreathed Lion. Photo: Art Institute of Chicago

13 (And More!) Things to Do In Chicago For the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, as going into any store and hearing the music will inform you. If you want to make sure that the most wonderful time of the year is truly full of wonder, Chicagoland offers plenty of magical opportunities, from tree lightings to markets to parades.
Comanche tribal members Jhane Myers and Philip Bread prepare for their annual fair outside of Lawton, Oklahoma. Photo: Providence Pictures

What to Stream This Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, plus it includes the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice and, of course, Thanksgiving. Explore the rich legacy of America's first peoples, learn the stories of forgotten participants of WWI, and get some Thanksgiving cooking advice.
Polar bear cubs playing together. Svalbard Islands. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions

What to Watch in November

This month, there's a Nature documentary chronicling the journey of a polar bear family, a hilarious special honoring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a look at the artistic and intellectual scenes in three remarkable cities, and a look at the making of a Broadway show.
Book covers from The Great American Read

What's America's Favorite Novel?

Did your favorite novel come out first in The Great American Read's search for America's best-loved book? Find the top ten books by voting here, and learn insights from the results.
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