Need some new book recommendations for the summer? Discover some of the books the Chicago Tonight is reading right now, from a sweeping family saga to a clear-eyed memoir of race to a book of chatty but opinionated essays by a Chicagoan.
Did you even know they had names? Before you go out and celebrate the Fourth of July, see how well you can identify different types of fireworks in this quiz, and then you can impress your friends and family with your new pyrotechnic knowledge.
The Beach Boys, Renée Fleming, Pentatonix, The Temptations: they're all performing during A Capitol Fourth, which is hosted by John Stamos and also include a fireworks show above the skyline of Washington D.C. Meet the performers here.
Geoffrey Baer introduces you to thirty more locations that changed America and how we traverse it and remember our past; Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine of immigrant communities; a surprising actor takes on the role of a classic French detective; and a baseball legend is profiled.
Are you adventurous like Tom Sawyer? Fierce like Jo March? Just like Atticus Finch? Indomitable like Celie? Find out which classic literary character you are and get a reading list for your personality from The Great American Read's list of America's best-loved novels.
The new series Breaking Big attempts to discover how people like Trevor Noah, who was born poor and mixed-race during apartheid in South Africa and is now the host of The Daily Show,achieve their success. Watch it here, and see the other high achievers who are profiled.
The smash-hit film version of Grease premiered 40 years ago on June 16, but it was already a huge success on Broadway, and had originated as a small play in Chicago. One of its co-writers discusses its popularizing transformations into something different from the original.
Chicago native Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael is an ardent Harry Potter fan who wanted to extend her time with the characters she loved, so she made a web series about a 25-year-old Hermione, using her love of reading and power of empathy to reimagine Hermione in her image.
We have four shows with plenty of episodes to stream this month: something for dads on Father's Day, an uproarious sitcom for LGBTQ Pride Month, and extra seasons of beloved British favorites that return with new episodes at the end of the month.
The Staple Singers combined the Delta blues of Pops Staples' birthplace with the gospel of his adopted home in Chicago to become international stars and civil rights activists. Hear Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte reminisice on the Staples and learn their history before Mavis headlines the Chicago Blues Fest.
The author of the world's best-selling science fiction novel discusses the broad base of knowledge he draws on in imagining other worlds, as well as his environmentalism. "I refuse to be put in the position of having to tell my grandchildren, 'I'm sorry, there's no more world for you, we used it all up.' "
Gospel music's "Father," and "Mother," "Queen" and "King," all made their career or were born in Chicago, where the soul-stirring music was first developed and popularized. Discover the development of gospel and its main players in Chicago on the weekend of the city's Gospel Music Festival
This month, two British favorites return for new seasons – the final season for one – the life and work of a trailblazing black Chicagoan is celebrated, 50 years of LGBTQ history is explored, and a legendary star is saluted by fellow musicians.
Every year American troops are honored with a National Memorial Day Concert on the lawn of the Capitol, broadcast live by PBS the day before Memorial Day. Meet the performers, including some famous Chicago natives, in this patriotic special here.
We're always being told not to judge a book by its cover, but in this case you should: can you identify 20 books from The Great American Read's list of America's 100 favorite novels by just their covers? Test your knowledge here, and get reading!