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A List of the Performers for the 2023 National Memorial Day Concert

The 34th annual National Memorial Day Concert airs Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on WTTW. Here's a list of the performers scheduled to appear. 

Bus Tour Encourages Chicagoans to "Disrupt Segregation" By Visiting All Neighborhoods

“You can understand another person’s perspective when you see their neighborhood and what it’s like to live there,” says Tonika Lewis Johnson, the founder of the Folded Map Project, who is organizing tours in partnership with the city and popular historian Shermann "Dilla" Thomas.

Meet One of the Genealogists Who Tracks Down Ancestors on ‘Finding Your Roots’

Nick Sheedy spends hundreds of hours digging through records and paper trails to discover the ancestors of guests on Finding Your Roots. “You want to have a feeling that you belong and that there’s a community out there that belongs to you," he said of the interest in genealogy.

Some Royal Shows to Watch Around the Coronation

The coronation of King Charles III in the United Kingdom is soon, with all the accompanying pomp. Here are some shows both historical and fictionalized to sate your curiousity about royalty in the meantime. 

How Much Local News Do You Know? Take the Chicago April News Quiz.

Take our ten-question April news quiz now to see how much you paid attention to the news in Chicago and Illinois this month.

What to Watch in May

We're exploring volcanoes both through NOVA and a new miniseries focusing on the magisterial natural landscapes of Scandinavia and Iceland. Plus, a new food show on New Orleans, Frontline on Clarence Thomas, and more. 

What to Watch on WTTW for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May with a series of engaging programming on WTTW.

With March Now Behind Us, How Is Your Chicago News Knowledge? Take Our News Quiz

With a mayoral runoff election next week, more expressway traffic, and plans for a busy summer in Grant Park, there were plenty of headlines to keep up with in Chicago this month. Take our March news quiz.

What to Watch in April

With Earth Day in April, we have several shows examining the changes needed to adapt to—and further forestall—climate change, as well as stories of World War II, icons of America, and new dramas. 

'American Masters' Features an Opera Singer with Ties to Chicago

J'Nai Bridges, the subject of a new American Masters documentary, was a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center for three years, and is currently singing Carmen at the Lyric. She has also worked with the Chicago area composer Shawn E. Okpebholo.

The Voters Have Spoken: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is The Most Beautiful Place in Chicago!

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois has won the Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge!

The Final: BAPS Mandir and Unity Temple Square Off for the Title of The Most Beautiful Place in Chicago

It's time for the finals of our Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge, with BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett facing off against Unity Temple in Oak Park. Vote for your favorite!

Semifinal: Vote for the Most Beautiful Places in Chicago

The semifinals for the Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge have arrived! In this round, we've got Ping Tom Park vs. Unity Temple, and Tribune Tower vs. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Vote now! 

Round 1: Vote for the Most Beautiful Places in Chicago

What do you think is the most beautiful place in Chicago? Vote in round one of our bracket challenge! Round one features eight locations included in The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago with Geoffrey Baer.

The Eye-Grabbing Architecture of Chicago's College Campuses

If you're in search of beautiful buildings, the biggest bang for your buck is to explore Chicago-area college campuses, which have noteworthy structures within easy walking distance of each other. Geoffrey Baer highlights a few.