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Lanterns for Lunar New Year on Argyle Street. Photo: Courtesy Uptown United

A Reduced But Still Joyous Lunar New Year in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

Neither Chinatown nor Asia on Argyle are hosting parades for the Lunar New Year on February 12, but they will still host COVID-19-safe celebrations. Learn about those and some Lunar New Year traditions here.
Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas. Photo: Kevin Parisi/American Pops Orchestra

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

Little about 2020 has been normal, but the holidays are still here to be enjoyed and celebrated, albeit in an adapted, safe manner. WTTW has as much holiday cheer as you need this December, in the form of PBS KIDS specials, holiday concerts, festive travel shows, and more. 
One-Pan Turkey Breast and Stuffing from 'Cook's Country.'

Tips for a Scaled-Down Thanksgiving with 'America's Test Kitchen'

Daniel Hautzinger

For your scaled-down Thanksgiving meal, try a one-pan dish that lets you cook both turkey breast and your stuffing without drying it out too much, courtesy of Cook's Country and America's Test Kitchen.
Illumination

9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Chicago This Year

Meredith Francis

The holidays are going to look different this year. But there are still ways to safely get a healthy dose of holiday cheer both in person and virtually in Chicago.
A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Charlie Brown Holiday Specials Are Coming to WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 pm. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Sunday, December 13 at 6:30 pm.
Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Naglestock.com/Alamy Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth,' 2020

Daniel Hautzinger

On the 40th anniversary of PBS's A Capitol Fourth, the Fourth of July celebration is a bit different due to COVID-19, but there are still star performers and fireworks that you can enjoy from your home. 
Call the Midwife Season 9 Holiday Special. Photo: Neal Street Productions

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Holiday Special

Daniel Hautzinger

Mother Mildred brings a contingent of midwives with her to the Outer Hebrides, where fickle electricity and isolated attitudes create difficulties for them as they try to help a hotheaded young woman and another who lives far away at a lighthouse.
Kristin Chenoweth with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Your Guide to WTTW's Holiday Specials

Daniel Hautzinger

As the end of the year and the holidays approach, here’s a run-down of holiday specials that WTTW is airing, to help you get your holiday cheer on!
The CTA Holiday Train. Photo: CTA

The CTA Holiday Fleet is Here

Daniel Hautzinger

Don't miss your chance to ride on the bus or train in the CTA's Holiday Fleet, which brings Santa around the city over the next month. 
Museum of Science and Industry

‘Tis the Season: 10 (And More!) Things to Do for the Holidays in Chicago

Meredith Francis

It already feels like winter in Chicago, so it’s time to break out the mittens, lace up the skates, and fill your mug with hot cocoa­­—though not necessarily in that order. Here are just some of the things you can do around Chicagoland this holiday season.
Fireworks over the US Capitol. Photo: Leonid Andronov/Alamy Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth' in 2019

Daniel Hautzinger

From Carole King and the cast of a Broadway musical about her life to Sesame Street Muppets to Colbie Caillat, this year's A Capitol Fourth features the old and new across various genres. Meet the performers here.  
Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Productions

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 8 Holiday Special

Daniel Hautzinger

As Christmas approaches, the Nonnatus sisters are called back to the Mother House to elect a new Mother Superior. There, they care for newly arrived orphans from China as well as a pregnant woman who used to live there. Back in Poplar, Trixie returns and helps with a birth in an unusual place.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Great British Baking Show Masterclass Christmas Special. Photo: Love Productions

What to Stream this Month

Daniel Hautzinger

December obviously brings the holidays, making it the perfect time to curl up in your warm home and watch some TV while snow falls outside. Here are holiday specials, a Christmas concert, festive baking episodes, and more to tide you through those dark, cold nights.
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Wonderland Express exhibition. Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden

Tour a wintry Chicago – made out of nuts, twigs, bark, and mushrooms!

Daniel Hautzinger

Imagine Chicago transformed into a festive forest fairyland, and you have the Chicago Botanic Garden's holiday Wonderland Express. Over 80 landmarks are constructed completely out of natural materials, from bark to gourds. Take a magical video tour here.
Lincoln Park ZooLights. Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park ZooLights and Its More Than Two Million Lights Are Back

Daniel Hautzinger

More than two million lights, a crew of twenty-two people, 7,200 working hours, 600,000 visitors: it's ZooLights, one of Chicago's beloved holiday traditions. What does it take to plan, set up, and run the extravagant light shows?
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