Playlist Highlights


Mayor Richard J. Daley overlooks the Chicago skyline with Marina City in the background

What to Watch in October

Lisa Tipton

Chicago Stories continues with documentaries on Pullman, Jane Addams, Richard J. Daley, and candy, while Ken Burns tells the story of the American Buffalo and Frontline looks at Elon Musk's Twitter Takeover, and more.
Baratunde Thurston canoeing down the Suwannee River in Georgia. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston, GA.

What to Watch in September

Lisa Tipton

Exploring one of the country's last wild rivers and Arkansas's wonders in America Outdoors in a new season, plus a three-part series on Frida Kahlo, American Experience films on desegregation, and more. 
Frida Kahlo against a green backdrop with flowers in her hair

WTTW's 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month Programming

Daniel Hautzinger

Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and runs through October 15. Explore the Mexican state of Yucatán, learn the stories of immigrants, and celebrate the successes and legacy of the labor leader Cesar Chavez in our special programming.
The funeral of Joe McDonnell, the fifth hunger striker to die. Belfast, July 1981.

What to Watch in August

Lisa Tipton

Finales of Grantchester and The Great American Recipe sit alongside an immersive five-part documentary on the The Troubles in Northern Ireland, featuring the stories and memories of everyday people.
Shane Campbell-Staton looks up at a mural at the palace of the governor in Tlaxcala, Mexico

What to Watch in July

Daniel Hautzinger

A new series examines all the ways that humans have changed the planet, another follows the training and pairing of puppies with owners, while we also have a new detective show, A Capitol Fourth, and documentaries on the Kennedys. 
Little Richard in 1958, smiling with his arms up

WTTW's 2023 Pride Month Programming

Daniel Hautzinger

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and features the Chicago Pride Parade at the end of the month. Leading up to it, you can enjoy a diverse slate of WTTW programming of stories of identity, acceptance, struggle, and art, throughout the whole month. 

Thursday and Morse face each other in the final season of Endeavour

What to Watch in June

Lisa Tipton

The final season of Endeavour, a second season of another thriller, and a new detective show provide drama and mystery, while Frontline and Independent Lens provide looks at American issues, and The Great American Recipe returns.
On Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsular, Fagradalsfjall Volcano spews molten lava across the valley

What to Watch in May

Lisa Tipton

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. 
Earth's horizon from space

What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton

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. 
Geoffrey Baer in the Rookery in Chicago

What to Watch in March

Lisa Tipton

A new Geoffrey Baer special, a Frontline on our uncertain economic times, an exciting drama line-up, St. Patrick’s Day, and a profile of Dr. Fauci are all coming up!
A dingo

What to Watch in February

Lisa Tipton

Nature examines the wild relatives of man's best friend in a miniseries, NOVA takes you behind the scenes of a new subway line's construction in London, plus a celebration of Black Broadway and a history of Monopoly.
James and Helen walking through a field in All Creatures Great and Small

What to Watch in January

Daniel Hautzinger

January abounds in new seasons, from dramas and mysteries to food shows, Antique Roadshow, and Finding Your Roots. Plus, a documentary about Evanston's reparations program and the debate over it.
Deana Martin, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra

Some Holiday Specials to Stream This December

Daniel Hautzinger

The nights are long, the air is crisp, holiday lights are up: it's time to snuggle into your home with a mug of cocoa, a cookie, and some joyful holiday specials. We've collected some favorites that are available to stream by WTTW Passport members, from concerts to holiday episodes of our dramas and mysteries.

Lucille, Trixie, and Nancy in the 2022 Call the Midwife holiday special

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW's Programming in 2022

Daniel Hautzinger

We've got everything from concerts to food specials to a new Call the Midwife special, so we suggest you take a look at our schedule and fit in some cozy viewings amidst all your shopping, gatherings, and other activities.
Mary Berry's Ultimate Christmas

What to Watch in December

Daniel Hautzinger

December is holiday season, and we've got a Mary Berry-palooza of festive specials to help you celebrate, along with a slate of Chicago-related documentaries on a Nobel Prize winner, education and gentrification, and an architect, plus more.
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