Baratunde Thurston canoeing down the Suwannee River in Georgia. (Part2 Pictures for Twin Cities PBS)

In the PBS series “America Outdoors,” host Baratunde Thurston explores our country’s relationship to its natural places.

Placards are gathered together at the close of a picket by members of The Writers Guild of America outside Walt Disney Studios, Tuesday, May 2, 2023, in Burbank, Calif. On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, a tentative deal was reached to end Hollywood’s writers strike after nearly five months. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Writers Guild of America announced the deal in a joint statement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents studios, streaming services and production companies in negotiations.

Michael Jordan, pictured in March 2023, has a well-documented love of golf. (Jacob Kupferman / Getty Images)

The Grove XXIII – a nod to his signature No. 23 jersey — is Jordan’s very own golf paradise, a private club tucked away on the outskirts of Hobe Sound, Florida. Ultra-exclusive, few have seen it, and even fewer have played it.

Joffrey Ballet will stage  “Frankenstein” this fall. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

If you need a nudge to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer, here’s a starter list of more than 20 shows to know running across the Chicago area this fall. 

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The singer was shown cheering on the Chiefs during the FOX Sports broadcast, dressed in a red and white team jacket during an otherwise rough outing for the Chicago Bears. 

"Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power"

Perfectionism might sound like a good thing, but in practice, it can perform more like procrastination – and waiting for perfect scenarios can prevent us from getting the credit and success we deserve. 

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It’s the second week of Hispanic Heritage Month, so it’s time to kick the party into high gear with some truly celebratory music. Music journalist Sandra Treviño says one of the best ways she knows to get people on the dance floor is with the sounds of cumbia.

“entre horizontes: Art and Activism between Chicago and Puerto Rico” at the MCA. (WTTW News)

Featuring 18 artists of diverse mediums, the goal of the exhibition is to address the social and political issues that the Puerto Rican community faces — from housing discrimination and migration to bilingual education and health care issues.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Chicago on Sept. 14, 2023. (WTTW News)

Lin-Manuel Miranda made a stop in Chicago to commemorate the official return of “Hamilton” to the city. Arts Correspondent Angel Idowu sat down with Miranda to get his take on why the show’s return to Chicago is so special.

The cast of “Birthday Candles” at the Northlight Theatre. (Credit: Michael Brosilow)

Haidle’s work defies easy labeling, but perhaps the best description of his plays might be that they are magical realist portraits that capture the dynamics of the American family in unique ways.

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An art walk, film festival and house music party usher in the weekend. Here are five things to do in and around Chicago.

Dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Chicago rehearse. (WTTW News)

A dance studio on the Northwest Side is working to keep a Mexican tradition alive. And for a group of young dancers, there is joy to be found in every step and turn.

Soldier Field. (WTTW News)

The Bears confirmed Williams, 53, submitted his resignation Wednesday morning. He had been with the team since February 2022.

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The selected tree will serve as the centerpiece of Chicago’s official holiday celebrations in Millennium Park. Here’s how to submit yours for consideration.

Chicago Jazz Festival (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

Paul Fehribach cooks Chicago-style barbecue. (WTTW News)

You can rag on our region for Crock Pot meals loaded with cream of mushroom soup, or salads mostly made of marshmallows and Cool Whip. But one Chicago chef says the culinary depth and national influence the Midwest has had on America’s taste is underestimated.