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Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Chicago skyline in Millennium Park. Photo: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

How Millennium Park Became "America's Most Dazzling Urban Park"

Millennium Park, which opened fifteen years ago today, was supposed to be just another pleasant, dull park that would cover up railroad tracks. But the commissioning of internationally known artists and architects transformed it into an ever-popular, unique cultural destination.
Mr. Patuk, Tooey and Molly at Mr. Patuk's workshop. Image: © 2018 WGBH Educational Foundation

New PBS Kids Show 'Molly of Denali' Is First to Feature a Native American Lead

Molly of Denali, a new PBS Kids series that premieres on July 15, is the first national children's series to feature a Native American lead character, and includes Alaska Natives in all aspects of production, from scriptwriters to actors to music.
Fireworks over the US Capitol. Photo: Leonid Andronov/Alamy Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth' in 2019

From Carole King and the cast of a Broadway musical about her life to Sesame Street Muppets to Colbie Caillat, this year's A Capitol Fourth features the old and new across various genres. Meet the performers here.  
Cows Come Home on the Magnificent Mile. Photo: LaCour Images, courtesy of The Magnificent Mile Association

Cows Parade Once Again Through Downtown Chicago

Twenty years ago, "Cows on Parade" generated boundless enthusiasm, extraordinary tourism, millions of dollars, innumerable imitation exhibitions, and endless bovine puns. Now some of the original cows are returning to the public eye to celebrate the twentieth anniversary. 
Stanley Tigerman

Idiosyncratic Chicago Architect Stanley Tigerman Has Died

Stanley Tigerman, a Chicago-based architect known for his idiosyncratic views and buildings, has died at the age of 88. He designed the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie and the Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter on LaSalle Street, among other vibrant buildings. 
Oscar the Grouch by a recycling bin. Photo: Sesame Workshop

How the Muppets of 'Sesame Street' Address Specific Issues

June 1 is the birthday of not one but two beloved Sesame Street characters: Oscar the Grouch and the more recently introduced Rudy. Celebrate by taking a look at some of the best-known Muppets and the issues each is meant to address for children. 
JAMES BRADSHAW as Dr. Max DeBryn and SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour. Photo: Mammoth for ITV and MASTERPIECE

What to Watch in June

A favorite mystery series returns while several documentaries reveal little-known or understood history, tackling everything from political repression in China to sexual assault. Plus, a performance by Prince!
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket launchs the 'It's Business Time" mission - sending a payload of small-satellites to orbit. Photo: Rocket Lab

What to Stream This Month

Stream a stranger-than-fiction story of a wife who discovers her former intelligence officer husband had hidden lives. Revisit an infamous miscarriage of justice with Ken Burns. Map family histories with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And enlighten yourself with NOVA
Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of 'Sesame Street' With Us!

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sesame Street is coming to Chicago for a free family festival that includes live performances, fun kid-friendly activities, and much more! 
Cassie and Sunny in Unforgotten. Photo: Mainstreet Pictures for ITV and MASTERPIECE

'Unforgotten' Recap: Season 3 Episode 6

Cassie and Sunny try to find evidence to conclusively prove their suspect is Hayley Reid's murderer, and discover a dark, large history that is more than they reckoned with, causing Cassie to question her career.
Happy Mother's Day from Big Bird

Wish Your Mom Happy Mother's Day with 'Sesame Street'

Mother's Day is May 12, and if you're realizing that you forgot all about it or just want a quirky way to celebrate your mother, Sesame Street is here to help, with five fun cards for the holiday.
Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY), Elsie Dyer (ANN MITCHELL) in Call the Midwife. Photo: BBC/Neal Street Productions

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 8 Episode 6

Mother Mildred becomes interested in working conditions when she comes to Poplar and tends to a family with three generations of dockworkers. Lucille's romance hits a rough patch, while she tries to help a young single mother intent on keeping her daughter despite her parents' wishes.
The National Memorial Day concert. Photo: Capital Concerts

What to Watch in May

A musical spectacle in celebration of an annual prize, a fascinating journey along the volatile India-Pakistan border, a documentary about a pioneering Asian American politician as well as a local documentary, and a beloved annual PBS tradition.
Monique Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Mielle Organics

Meet Three Black Entrepreneurs in Chicago

Chicago has long been a center of African American business, from Johnson Publishing Co. to the hair-care company Johnson Products. Meet three black entrepreneurs of a younger generation, who have utilized digital savvy to grow their businesses.
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) seems to stop in mid-air as it approaches a flower. Corpus Christi, TX. Photo: Ann Johnson Prum/ © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

What to Watch in April

Spring brings not just nice weather but new shows, returning favorites, and more! From a magisterial new Henry Louis Gates, Jr. survey to a three-night live Nature event to a stunning epic historical drama, there's a lot to catch in April!
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