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Date Time Title Host Live in Reserve
JUN 29 4.00 PM UTC Chicago’s Greatest Hits - Michigan Avenue Streetwall
Genre: Architecture, Chicago, History
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JUL 1 1.30 AM UTC Chicago Special Events - ACTIVATE
Genre: Art, Cultural, Architecture
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JUL 7 7.00 PM UTC Chicago’s Neighborhoods - Printers Row
Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago
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Featured Shows

Chicago's Neighborhoods - Chinatown

Genre: Architecture, Art, History

Live from: Chicago

  • See beautiful buildings from the 19th century to today incorporating traditional Chinese architectural principles.
  • Discover many gorgeous public art displays, including the Chinatown Gate and Nine Dragon Wall.
  • Learn about the On Leong Tong and how they established Chicago's Chinatown.
1 hour
Free

Chicago’s Neighborhoods - Printers Row

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • See beautiful lofts dating back to the 19th century in this one-of-a-kind landmark district.
  • Discover how Printers Row evolved from a prolific vice district to the publishing headquarters of the Midwest to a center of urban decay to a lovely residential neighborhood.
  • Learn about a connection Oprah had to the area.
45 minutes
Free

Chicago History - Downtown LGBTQ Stories

Genre: History, Cultural, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Learn about the lives of historically important LGBTQ people from the 19th and early-20th centuries
  • Discover what led to Chicago hosting the country's first Pride Parade
  • Hear the story about the openly gay man George Washington hired to create America's professional army
1 hour
Free

Chicago's Neighborhoods - Andersonville

Genre: History, Architecture, Art

Live from: Chicago

  • See landmarks celebrating Chicago's Swedish-American population.
  • Discover how this neighborhood evolved into an LGBTQ center.
  • Browse through an eclectic mix of interesting, one-of-a-kind shops.
1 hour
Free

Chicago’s Greatest Hits - Lincoln Park Zoo

Genre: Animal, History, Architecture

Live from: Chicago

  • See the beautiful lion habitat that completed a state-of-the-art renovation in 2021
  • Discover why the Lincoln Park Zoo is known for its variety of primates
  • Find out how this zoo has been a leader in research and modernization
1 hour
Free

Chicago’s Neighborhoods - Northalsted (Boystown)

Genre: History, Art, Architecture

Live from: Chicago

  • See the Legacy Walk commemorating famous LGBTQ people from around the world.
  • Hear stories of how the LGBTQ community rallied together to create the Northalsted neighborhood.
  • Explore the Midwest's largest LGBTQ social service agency and its interesting architecture.
1 hour
Free

Chicago's Greatest Hits - Magnificent Mile

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • See some of Chicago's most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the John Hancock Center
  • View pieces from some of the world's most legendary structures, like the Great Pyramid of Giza, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Great Wall of China
  • Learn how Chicago's most well-known street became what it is today
1 hour
Free

Chicago’s Greatest Hits - Michigan Avenue Streetwall

Genre: Architecture, Chicago, History

Live from: Chicago

  • Hear stories about the many national political conventions held here, including one about the "smoke-filled room"
  • See my favorite sculpture in Chicago
  • Get an incredible view of the city from a rare "hill" in downtown Chicago
45 minutes
Free

Chicago Special Events - ACTIVATE

Genre: Art, Cultural, Architecture

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover a pop-up street festival only offered once this year
  • See lots of artists and performers in a back alley filled with decorations
  • Get interesting perspectives of great architecture
45 minutes
Free

Hidden Chicago - Underground Streets (plus RATS!)

Genre: History, Animal, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover the history and features of Chicago's underground streets
  • See where a car chase scene in "The Dark Knight" was filmed
  • Learn how rats are made to thrive in urban settings
45 minutes
Free

Chicago After Dark - Art on theMart

Genre: Art, Architecture, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • See digital artists and musicians transform theMart's 2.5 acre facade into multimedia art
  • Watch the new "Ba Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop" show by the internationally acclaimed Nick Cave
  • Discover how Joseph P. Kennedy turned the Merchandise Mart into the most profitable investment he ever made
1 hour
Free

Chicago's Greatest Hits - Museum Campus

Genre: Architecture, Art, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Learn all about the fantastic public art collection on the campus
  • See one of Chicago's most controversial architectural designs
  • Take in the fantastic views of the city's skyline
1 hour
Free

Chicago Icons Inside & Out - Sears (Willis) Tower & Skydeck

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Step out on to the 103rd floor observation deck and the glass box Ledge
  • Discover the history and architecture of the former world's tallest building
  • Explore the recently remodeled galleries showing what makes Chicago special
1 hour
Free

Chicago's Greatest Hits - Millennium Park

Genre: Architecture, Art, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Get incredible views of the reflective Cloud Gate (aka, The Bean) sculpture
  • See amazing perspectives of the iconic Pritzker Pavilion
  • Watch the digital faces of Crown Fountain "spit" at each other
45 minutes
Free

Inside the Museum - International Museum of Surgical Science

Genre: History, Art, Architecture

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover surgical implements and artifacts from over the centuries
  • See an immense collection of paintings and sculpture honoring medical innovation
  • Learn how this gorgeous Gilded Age mansion transformed into a unique museum
1 hour
Free

Chicago’s Greatest Hits - Navy Pier

Genre: History, Chicago, Architecture

Live from: Chicago

  • Find remnants of Navy Pier's prior incarnations hiding in plain sight
  • See how the pier was recently remodeled for its 100th birthday
  • Get amazing views of Chicago's skyline
45 minutes
Free

Chicago’s Greatest Hits - The Riverwalk

Genre: History, Architecture, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Explore the Riverwalk, one of Chicago's newest attractions
  • Get amazing skyline views of the city's incredible architecture
  • Learn about Potawatomi indigenous people who first settled in the area
45 minutes
Free

Chicago Architecture 101 (Part 6) - Contemporary Style

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Learn about the trends in contemporary architecture happening all over the world.
  • See how architectural philosophies of the past are integrated into 21st century buildings.
  • Discover wonderful designs by starchitects Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, and Jeanne Gang.
45 minutes
Free

Chicago Icons Inside & Out - Chicago Cultural Center

Genre: Architecture, Chicago, History

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover extraordinarily beautiful interiors, including Preston Bradley Hall designed by Tiffany Studios and the newly restored Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Rotunda.
  • Hear stories about how this landmark evolved from the first Chicago Public Library and headquarters for Civil War veterans to a city icon filled with public galleries and events.
  • See several art exhibitions, including one featuring a panoramic photograph of downtown Chicago after it was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1871.
1 hour
Free

Chicago Architecture 101 (Part 5) - Brutalism/Postmodernism

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover the critiques Brutalist and Postmodern architects had towards Mid-Century Modernism.
  • Learn about the characteristics of these two often misunderstood architectural styles.
  • Hear about the transformation planned for a Postmodern icon.
45 minutes
Free

Neighborhoods by Elevated Train - Lincoln Park & Lakeview

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover the histories of one of Chicago's most desirable residential neighborhoods and one of the country's largest LGBTQ districts.
  • See a beautiful collection of art specifically commissioned for the train stations.
  • Learn about the history of Chicago's iconic elevated train system.
1 hour
Free

Chicago Architecture 101 (Part 4) - Mid-Century Modernism

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover the influences on the Mid-Century Modern movement.
  • Learn about the three principles of Mid-Century Modern architecture.
  • See an array Mid-Century Modern landmarks by SOM, Perkins + Will, C.F. Murphy Assoc., and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
45 minutes
Free

Neighborhoods by Elevated Train - West Loop & Pilsen

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover how the West Loop became Chicago's hottest neighborhood.
  • See how Pilsen has evolved from a working class neighborhood known for Eastern European immigrants to one with Mexican Americans.
  • Learn about the history of Chicago's iconic elevated train system.
1 hour
Free

Neighborhoods by Elevated Train - South Loop & Bronzeville

Genre: History, Architecture, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover how trains, the Great Migration, and urban renewal shaped the fascinating South Loop and Bronzeville neighborhoods.
  • See fantastic train station art, including many pieces by acclaimed designer Hebru Brantley.
  • Learn about the history of Chicago's iconic elevated train system.
1 hour
Free

Neighborhoods by Elevated Train - Downtown Loop

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Get unique perspectives of downtown architecture you can't get at street level.
  • Discover the Loop neighborhood's array of targeted districts.
  • Learn about the history of Chicago's iconic elevated train system.
1 hour
Free

Chicago Architecture 101 (Part 3) - Art Deco

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Learn about the influences leading to the Art Deco movement.
  • Discover beautiful Art Deco landmark skyscrapers.
  • Hear about the Echo Deco architectural trend.
45 minutes
Free

Chicago Architecture 101 (Part 2) - Classical Revival

Genre: Architecture, History, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Hear stories about the World's Fair of 1893.
  • Discover how the World's Columbian Exposition shaped architecture.
  • Learn about the most prevalent features in Classical Revival architecture.
45 minutes
Free

Chicago Architecture 101 (Part 1) - Commercial Style

Genre: History, Architecture, Chicago

Live from: Chicago

  • Discover some of the world's oldest skyscrapers.
  • Find out how Chicago made tall buildings revolutionary.
  • Learn about the legendary architects Daniel Burnham, William Holabird, Martin Roche, and Louis Sullivan.
45 minutes
Free