Celebrating a Century

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Wrigley Field – then Weeghman Park—hosted its first baseball game on April 23, 1914. A century later, Wrigley Field is home to the Chicago Cubs. Eddie Arruza joins us with latest on the day’s celebrations. View a timeline.

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Shakespeare at 450

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In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, guests from Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Joffrey Ballet join us to talk about the enduring influence of the Bard. Take our quiz, test your Shakespeare knowledge, and watch the trailer to WTTW's documentary, Our City, Our Shakespeare.

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Stuart Shea on Wrigley's Centennial

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April 22, 2014 - Stuart Shea on Wrigley's Centennial

We discuss the history of Chicago’s famed ballpark with author Stuart Shea and his new book, Wrigley Field: The Long Life & Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines, as Wrigley Field celebrates its 100th birthday. Read an excerpt from the book and take a quiz.

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Sites for Presidential Library & More

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April 21, 2014 - Sites for Presidential Library & More

Chicago is vying for three major institutions: the Barack Obama Presidential Library, The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and a casino. We’ll take a closer look at possible locations and what urban planning issues Chicago faces with such enormous projects. Vote in a poll.

 

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Jack Bishop

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America’s Test Kitchen’s Jack Bishop stops by with a new book, The How Can it Be Gluten Free Cookbook. We discuss the some of the book’s recipes and food trends for spring. Check out recipes. 

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"The Sound of Music"

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April 17, 2014 - "The Sound of Music"

Rodgers and Hammerstein hit the opera house when Lyric Opera stages The Sound of Music. We hear from two stars and get an in-studio performance of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Read an interview with the actress who plays Maria in the musical, Jenn Gambatese.

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The State of the Arts

Artists from Illinois– and one from Minnesota – Make Monstrous Magic

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Four solo exhibitions from local artists, plus one beast of an installation.

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The Future of Maggie Daley Park

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April 14, 2014-The Future of Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is taking shape with the addition of white building blocks called GeoFoam. We tell you how that will form the rolling hills of the park and how soon it may be open to the public. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/11

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April 11, 2014 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the ramifications of the Northwestern football team’s effort to unionize. Watch the web extra video.

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Ask Geoffrey: 4/23

St. Ignatius, "I Will" Statue, & Frog Creek

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Geoffrey Baer uncovers the origins of St. Ignatius College Prep's building fragments and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Don Stiernberg

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April 22, 2014 - Don Stiernberg

Meet Chicago’s master of the mandolin. Don Stiernberg joins us to talk about playing a traditional instrument in a modern way – and performs live in studio with his trio. View a web extra performance.

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Restoring the Shrine of Christ the King

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April 21, 2014 - Restoring the Shrine of Christ the King

Over the years, the Archdiocese of Chicago has lost a number of its church buildings to the wrecking ball. But a few that were slated for demolition managed to survive. Among them is the Shrine of Christ the King on Chicago's south side. View a slideshow.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/18

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April 18, 2014 - Web Extra: The Week In Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the pervasive patronage at Metra, the CTA plans for an L overpass at Belmont. Watch the web extra video.

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Chef Rick Bayless Ramps Up for Spring

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April 16, 2014 - Chef Rick Bayless Ramps Up for Spring

Chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless stops by to share some delicious springtime dishes. Check out two recipes and view a behind-the-scenes slideshow.

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The President’s Table

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April 15, 2014 - The President’s Table

When French President François Hollande visited Washington in February, President Obama gave him a hand-crafted table. We meet the Chicago-area craftsman who designed and built the table, made in part with wood from George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Watch a video and view a slideshow.

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"The Trials of Muhammad Ali"

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April 14, 2014-"The Trials of Muhammad Ali"

A documentary airing on WTTW11 Monday titled The Trials of Muhammad Ali profiles the boxing legend's years in exile and court fight for freedom. Director Bill Siegel joins us. View a timeline of Ali's career.

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Cardinal George: Death "Not Imminent"

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Cardinal Francis George says he’s asked the Vatican to begin the process to find a successor to take over as Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. George appeared before reporters Friday morning, a few days after undergoing chemotherapy for cancer in his kidney and liver. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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