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Geoffrey Baer Investigates 'Chicago Mysteries'

In his new special Chicago Mysteries, Geoffrey Baer solves some of Chicago’s age-old mysteries involving a UFO sighting, a cemetery secret, and more. He sat down to offer up some behind-the-scenes intelligence. 

Photo: 45 Years Ago, Chicagoans Looked to the Sky for Another Solar Eclipse

In a Chicago History Museum photo, people view the eclipse from the Adler Planetarium on February 26, 1979. 

What to Watch in April

Geoffrey Baer investigates Chicago's most intriguing mysteries in a new special, Elton John is celebrated in a prize ceremony, and more. 

Take Our March News Quiz to Test Your Knowledge of This Month’s Chicago Headlines

How did a ballot initiative fare in the March primary? What's the new opening date for the Obama Presidential Center? And how many bald eagle nests are being monitored in Will County? Test your knowledge of headlines across Chicago and the rest of the state this month. 

A New Documentary Digs into the Mental Health Struggles of Farmers

Independent Lens' Greener Pastures follows four Midwestern farmers as they face challenges outside their control that are inherent to their profession.  "There’s so much of a stigma out there that you can’t have a bad day," says one. 

What to Watch in March

NOVA explores AI, a two-part series delves into Dante and his Inferno, new dramas premiere alongside the return of Call the Midwife, and more. 

Keep Up with Chicago’s Headlines? Take Our February News Quiz

With another month behind us, take a look back at the headlines in Chicago and see how much local news you know with our February news quiz.

Celebrate Women’s History Month Programming on WTTW

March is Women’s History Month, and WTTW is celebrating with programming that highlights the achievements women have made in politics, civil rights, art, literature, science, and more. 

Fly With Me: A Q&A with One of the First Black Flight Attendants for Delta Featured in a New Documentary

A new American Experience documentary, Fly With Me, tells the stories of the young women who became flight attendants who fought for workplace, gender, and racial equality. WTTW spoke to Casey Grant, who was among the first Black flight attendants for Delta Airlines and is featured in the documentary.

WTTW Offers an Intimate Look at Homelessness in the Latest 'FIRSTHAND'

With FIRSTHAND: Homeless, WTTW looks at the many challenges of the unhoused through the firsthand perspective of five people experiencing homelessness.

Fourteen Remarkable Libraries in the Chicago Area

Ever since the opening of the Central Library, now the Cultural Center, in 1897, the Chicago area has built some remarkable libraries, as Geoffrey Baer explores. 

What to Watch in February

A new WTTW examination of homelessness through firsthand perspectives, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on gospel music, NOVA on the Eiffel Tower, and more.

New Year, More News: Take Our January News Quiz

Chicago kicked off 2024 with plenty of news. Did you keep up with the top stories? Take our monthly news quiz now to test your knowledge of Chicago politics, culture, sports, business, and more. 

Discover Black History Month Programming on WTTW

Celebrate Black History Month this year on WTTW with a wide variety of programming that explores the political, artistic, musical, and other contributions and experiences of Black Americans. 

“These Things Are Works of Art”: Chicago’s History as the Manufacturing Center for Pinball Machines

Chicago has a long history as the center of pinball manufacturing. Zachary Sharpe, who works at Stern Pinball and comes from a decorated, competitive pinball family, talks about the game's history in the city and why it's still loved today.