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The Ultimate DIY: A Century Ago, You Could Buy Everything You Needed to Build an Entire Home from a Sears Catalog

Meredith Francis

Between 1908 and 1942, Chicago-based Sears, Roebuck, and Co. sold kits in its mail order catalogs that allowed people to build their own homes.

We Have a Chicago Candy Bracket Champion: Frango Mints!

Meredith Francis

After a week of intense competition, we have a winner of our Chicago candy bracket: Frango Mints! 

The Final Round: Butterfinger vs. Frango Mints. Vote for Your Favorite Candy!

Daniel Hautzinger

What will be named Chicago's favorite candy? Will it be Butterfinger or Frango Mints? Vote to decide by midnight on Sunday!

Round 2: Laffy Taffy, Butterfinger, Snickers, and Frango Mints Advance! Vote for Your Favorite Candy.

Meredith Francis

Who will advance to the final? Will it be Laffy Taffy or Butterfinger? Snickers or Frango Mints? Vote to decide by 3:00 pm on Thursday! 

Meet the “Willa Wonka” of the South Side, Who Creates Nostalgic Cakes, Candies, and Jobs

Daniel Hautzinger

Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery bought the Cupid Candies factory to produce chocolates and keep jobs in her community. "The better the places are to work, the better the community is going to be,” she says.  

Round 1: Frango Mints or Tootsie Rolls? Butterfinger or Baby Ruth? Vote for Your Favorite Candy!

Meredith Francis

Ahead of the premiere of Chicago Stories: Candy Capital and Halloween, we thought we’d stir up a little healthy competition. Vote for your favorite candy with Chicago connections!

Carlos Lozano Survived the Our Lady of the Angels Fire in 1958. His Daughter Worked on a New WTTW Documentary About It

Meredith Francis

Carlos Lozano was 10 years old when a fire broke out at Our Lady of the Angels school in 1958. Some 65 years later, his daughter, Bianca Lozano, worked as the associate producer for the upcoming WTTW Chicago Stories documentary about the fire. They share what the experience meant to their family and the difficulties of discussing a traumatic event.

A Q&A with the Producers of a New Documentary about the Reversal of the Chicago River

Julia Maish

A new season of WTTW's Chicago Stories that airs this fall includes a documentary on the reversal of the Chicago River. We spoke to the producers of the film about what new things there are to learn, and why it's relevant. 

Things to Watch and Read on Veterans Day

Daniel Hautzinger

November 11 is Veterans Day. WTTW and PBS have covered veterans, their lives, issues, and the wars they fought in extensively, but we have pulled together a small selection of those stories for you to watch and read today. 

A Q&A with the Producer of 'Chicago Stories: The Birth of Gospel'

Daniel Hautzinger

"The story of gospel music is actually a more universal story of American music and our country’s history," says the producer of a new Chicago Stories documentary about the genre's origins in Chicago.

A Q&A with the Producer of a New Jane Byrne 'Chicago Stories'

Meredith Francis

Jane Byrne was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Chicago and the first woman to lead a mayor U.S. city. A new Chicago Stories documentary follow's Byrne's rise to power and tenure as mayor. 

Exploring the Surprising Chicago Roots of Improv

Meredith Francis

Improv "was born out of a need to communicate with a new immigrant population, from a woman who loved theater," says the producer of our new upcoming documentary Inventing Improv: A Chicago Stories Special.

Ida B. Wells' Lessons for Today

Daniel Hautzinger

The writer and producer of a new WTTW documentary about the groundbreaking civil rights activist, journalist, and suffragist discusses Wells' relevance today, at a moment when Wells is becoming more and more recognized for her work.

Revisiting the Great Chicago Fire 149 Years Later

Meredith Francis

The Great Chicago Fire: A Chicago Stories Special reveals new details with recreations and animation that bring the fire to life. Executive producer Dan Protess and producer and writer Peter Marks talked about their approach to telling the old story in a new way.

Chicago-based Dancer Ruth Page's "Bewildering Array of Activities"

Daniel Hautzinger

Anna Pavlova, Irving Berlin, Serge Diaghilev, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev: the choreographer and dancer Ruth Page worked with them all, plus brought Americana into ballet, built artistic institutions in her home base of Chicago, and choreographed over 100 ballets.
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