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Paris Schutz and Brandis Friedman

WTTW News Debuts a New Experience for Viewers

The Emmy award-winning, flagship nightly news program Chicago Tonight is about to look very different.

Rick Steves at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace

A Look Ahead at Fall on WTTW

Fall brings a wide array of new and exciting programs, from an eagerly anticipated returning detective series to several scintillating new dramas to a nostalgic look back at an iconic how-to program to a whirlwind tour of European art history.
Chicago City Hall. Image: Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News.

Think You Know the Latest Chicago Headlines? Take Our September News Quiz

Did you keep up with the headlines? Take our September News Quiz.
Northeastern Illinois University's El Centro

11 Latino Architects Whose Work Can Be Found Around Chicago

In a year where two icons of Chicago's Latino community became official landmarks, explore other works by architects of Latin American descent that can be found in and around Chicago. 
The Statue of Liberty seen from Ellis Island.

What to Watch in September

A documentary from Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein on The U.S. and the Holocaust, new mysteries, NOVA's look at Venice's gambits to survive rising sea levels, and a Frontline investigation as we head into midterm elections.
Sandy, Max, and Kenny in season 2 of Guilt. Image: Expectation/Happy Tramp North

What to Watch in August

Frontline's look at the invasion of Ukraine, a second season of a dark Scottish comedy, dives into two powerful families separated by an ocean and centuries, and a sweet look at a favorite show. 
Masjid al-Faatir in Chicago's Kenwood. Photo: Lee Bey/WTTW

Seven Prominent Sites That Illustrate Islam's History and Future in the Chicago Area

The Chicago area has been a center of Muslim movements that catered to African Americans, such as the Nation of Islam, as well as a new home for Muslim immigrants from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world.
A worried child with a teddy bear

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Situations: Resources for Parents and Caregivers

As tragic, unrelenting events continue to occur in our city, neighborhoods, suburbs, and around the country, it is important to be mindful of the impacts that can spread far and wide and stay with us over time.
Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Mark Reinstein/Alamy Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth' in 2022

Summer is here, which means the grand Fourth of July tradition of A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks broadcast live from Washington, D.C. on WTTW and PBS. Meet the performers here.
Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar. Photo: Adam McCall

An Interview with the Stars of 'The Great Muslim American Road Trip'

Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins, who take a Great Muslim American Road Trip on PBS this summer, had the experience of "learning about ourselves as Muslims in America, and the history of Muslims in America, just by virtue of being Muslim taking this trip."
America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston. Photo: PBS

What to Watch in July

A new nature show exploring Americans' surprising relationships to the outdoors from a bestselling author, a look at the world of plants from Sir David Attenborough, new seasons of dramas and mysteries, and more. 
Chicago's Chinatown library branch, designed by Brian Lee of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo: Jon Miller © Hedrich Blessing

Architect Brian Lee Brings the Expertise Required for Skyscrapers to Neighborhood Buildings

Brian Lee has designed one of the tallest buildings in the world as well as neighborhood-level buildings such as three libraries in Chicago. "To be able to reinforce and maybe enhance a neighborhood with a building—I think that’s a great positive goal of architecture and urban design,” he says. 
Jack Turner in Hotel Portofino. Photo: Eagle Eye Drama Limited 2021

What to Watch in June

A new fish-out-of-water dramedy that might remind you of The Durrells in Corfu, a new season of a favorite mystery, an exciting cooking competition show, and more are on the docket for June. 
André de Shields in True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs. Photo: Kevin Parisi

Celebrate Pride Month with WTTW's Programming in 2022

June is LGBTQ+ or Pride Month, and as always WTTW has plenty of programming to celebrate these too-often unheard or repressed stories, including a music special, a focus on Silicon Valley, and a touching tale of human generosity. 
Servicemen in front of the Capitol. Photo: Capitol Concerts

The Performers of the National Memorial Day Concert 2022

The 33rd annual National Memorial Day Concert is back this weekend. Meet the musicians and performers who will honor the people who have served in the armed forces. 
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