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Chicago Today Recap: Details From 2020 Shows

If you're craving more, here are some links to organizations that were featured, extra information about the segments

Did you catch this week's "Chicago Today" show?

If you're craving more, here are some links to organizations that were featured, extra information about the segments and more to quench your thirst until next Friday.

(For 2021 shows, click here)

Mr. Mayor

If you’re looking for a new comedy series then make sure to watch MR. MAYOR:

Days of Our Lives

Fun Fact: Days of Our Lives is the longest running drama series:

The Midnight Sky

Our movie pick of the week is The Midnight Sky on Netflix:

Chicago Burger Bible

Do you have a passion for burgers then checkout the Chicago Burger Bible:



Maillard Tavern


DJ’s Westmont


Friday, Jan. 15

Winter Blues: Dr. Duffy

Battling the winter blues then reach out to Dr. Duffy to schedule an appointment:

Alicia Silverstone

Stay healthy this winter with Alicia Silverstone’s mykind Organics:

Getting Through Chicago Winter

We’ve go your list of NBC shows to help you get through a Chicago Winter:

Check out Ice-T & Jamie Gray Hyder in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in its 22nd season:

Catch Nurses on NBC & Peacock:

Show your support for the One Chicago Shows:

Chicago PD:

Chicago Fire:

Chicago Med:


Friday, Dec. 18

Amanda Freitag

Get some EASY AF holiday recipes with Amanda Freitag:

Kidcreate Studio

Need some Holiday craft ideas for the kids then check out Kidcreate Studio: &

Project I Am

If you’re feeling charitable this season then help support Project I Am:

Local Christmas Ales

Stock-up on your locally brewed Christmas Ales this season:

Chicago Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local this holiday season with some of our favorite local businesses:


Friday, Dec. 11

Diane Lane

Check out Let him go starring Diane Lane in theaters & OnDemand:

Bookends & Beginnings

Give the gift of reading with Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston:

Heritage Bikes & Coffee

Everyone wants a bike for Christmas, shop local at Heritage Bikes & Coffee

Laurence Fishburne

Check out History’s Greatest Mysteries hosted by Laurence Fishburne:

Holiday Gift Guide

Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete:

Always Pan:

Native Union - Drop XL Wireless Charger:

Fluid Free Ride - CITYRIDER - Lightweight Allround for Short Commutes:

Get 10% off Promo Code from 12/11 – 12/13: CHICAGOTODAY

Radio Flyer:

Christmas at DePaul

Join us for the wondrous retelling of the birth of Christ in word and song. This virtual performance features the talents of DePaul faculty, staff and students, and alumni”.

Tickets here.


Friday, Dec. 4

Christmas Chronicles 2

Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas Chronicles 2:



Harry Lennix

Catch Chicago’s own Harry Lennix in the Blacklist:

Angi Taylor

Start your morning off rocking with Angi Taylor’s Morning show on Rock 95.5:

Chrissy Metz

Watch the talented Chrissy Metz on This Is Us:

The Blend Girls

Follow The Blend Girls


Friday, Nov. 20

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

Get into the Holiday spirit with DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE:


Support Chicago’s own  Vince Vaughn in his new movie FREAKY in theaters & on demand:

The Crown

Season 4 of The Crown is back …It’s the Charles & Diana era:

Tanya Acker

Check out Judge Tanya Acker on Hot Bench:

Social Media: @tanyaacker (   

Her new book, Make Your Case:

Advent Calendars

Start your countdown to Christmas with these fun Advent calendars


Meri Meri:

Cooper’s Hawk:

Bitter Pops:




Friday, Nov. 16

B Strong: Disaster Relief

B Strong: Disaster Relief


Skinnygirl Supplement Line:

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny’s Social:

Ben Feldman

Check out Ben Feldman on an all new season of Superstore:

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper is making us laugh on her new Netflix special: “Sarah Cooper : Everything’s Fine”:

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin reminds Chicago of a historic time with “The Trial of The Chicago 7”:

Kelsey Asbille

Watch Kelsey Asbille’s amazing performances in Yellowstone & Fargo:



Sasha's Cakes

Sasha’s Cakes is offering online decorating classes or you can simply order a cake straight from her:

Follow Sasha on Instagram for dessert inspiration:


Friday, Oct. 30

Halloween Films to Stream

Staying in this Halloween weekend then we have some films for you to stream from The Witches, Bad Hair & Black Box:

The Witches on HBOMAX:

Bad Hair on Hulu:

Black Box on Amazon Prime:

Science IRL

If you enjoyed our Halloween science  then check out more experiments Science IRL:



American Ninja Warrior

Help Cheer on your favorite American Ninja Warrior


Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at any of Takito’s 3 locations:

Takito Kitchen (Wicker Park)

2013 West Division Street

Chicago, IL. 60622

Bar Takito (West Loop)

201 North Morgan Street

Chicago, IL. 60607

 Takito Street (Lincoln Park)

2423 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL. 60614


Friday, Oct. 23

Kal Penn

Kick 2020 in the ballots with Kal Penn Approves This Message:

Country at Heart

Stream Country at Heart starring Chicago’s own Jessy Schram:

Ana Lopez-Alcantar

Get more information Ana Lopez-Alcantar the 40th Ward’s youngest Deputy committeewoman:


SNL has been making us laugh for 46 years and we need a good laugh in 2020:

Meena Harris

Are you looking for a good read for your children then check out author Meena Harris:

Ferrara Candy

Support our local confectioner Ferrara Candy:

McDonald House

Support the Ronald McDonald House :


Friday, Oct. 16

'The Lie'

Check out The Lie on Amazon this weekend starring Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joey King:

Michelle Buteau

If you need a good laugh this weekend then check out Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia on Netflix:

'Punching the Air'

Buy Yusef Salam’s new book “PUNCHING THE AIR”:

Weakest Link

Catch Chicago’s own Jane Lynch hosting the reboot of the Weakest Link:

Chicago Botanic Garden

Need some outdoor family fun then head over to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Special Olympics Virtual Gala

Looking for some live music and help a great cause? Check out the @SpecialOlympicsIllinois Saturday Night In Virtual Gala on October 17 starting at 7:30pm:


Friday, Oct. 2

Dan Aykroyd

Experience Dan Aykroyd’s new Onyx Crystal Head Vodka:

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at Tzuco Restaurant:

Michael Ian Black

Join Michael Ian Black at this virtual event at Anderson’s Bookshop:

Buy Michael Ian Black’s touching new book, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son:

Access Hollywood

Access Hollywood turns 25!

Yusef Salam

Buy Yusef Salam’s new book “PUNCHING THE AIR”:

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Find out how you can virtually participate in the Chicago Marathon:


Sept. 25


Check out Utopia on Amazon, it is a conspiracy thriller filmed in Chicago with a hometown cast:

You can also check out Rainn Wilson on “An Idiots Guide to Climate Change”:

Nicotine Chronicles

Looking for a good read then check out Nicotine Chronicles a compilation of short stories from Carol Oates, Michael Imperioli, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine’s scintillating alter egos. :

Michael Imperioli

See what Michael Imperioli is up to these days on IG:

Coronavirus Data

Helping you find the good Data… Scientist Laurel Bristow answers your questions about Covid on her IG: @kinggutterbaby

Kirbie Johnson

Follow beauty expert Kirbie Johnson and listen to her podcast Gloss Angeles.

Chicago Marathon

Find out how you can virtually participate in the Chicago Marathon:

Black People Eats Vlog

Subscribe to Black People Eats, a Vlog for food lovers! Let's discover great food, new restaurants, delicious food products, & everything in between:

Blacktober Virtual Food Fest

Buy tickets for Chicago’s first every Blacktober Virtual Food Fest


Sept. 23

Love Guaranteed

If you’re in the mood for a RomCom this weekend, check out Love Guaranteed on Netflix:

The Heart of Us

The Heart of Us promotes the small business that shape Chicagoland:

New Amsterdam

Catch up on all the New Amsterdam episodes on Peacock:


Watch Bobby Monihan’s new hysterical cartoon series, Loafy:

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers will help you think differently about your money:

Booze That Gives Back:

Rosalita Rose Cider

Middle Brow Beer

Chateau La Paws:

The Great American Wine Company:

Crystal Head Vodka:

Steamboat Whiskey:


Sept. 11

Jim Belushi

Check out Jim Belushi on his high-larious show Growing Belushi:


T. Murph co-starts in a new Hulu comedy series called WOKE:

Melissa Stockwell

Let’s cheer on Melissa Stockwell in the 2021 Paralympics and check out her new book:

St. Charles

If you’re looking for a day away from the city then check out City of St. Charles:

Morton College

Are you looking for a higher education then Morton College can help:


Enjoy the musical talent of Opal  

A Silver Lining Foundation Gala

Support A Sliver Lining Foundation Gala:


Tour the Chicago River with Wendella:

Chef Curtis Duffy

For the best EVER fine dining experience brought to you by Chef Curtis Duffy:

If you want to read more about Chef Curtis Duffy then check out these articles by our friends at Better:


Friday, Aug. 28

Jason Sudeikis

Catch Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso on Apple TV+:

Bear Gylls

Get your adrenaline pumping as Bear Grylls hosts WORLD'S TOUGHEST RACE on Amazon:

The Big Flower Fight

Ten pairs of florists, sculptors and garden designers face off in a friendly floral fight to see who can build the biggest, boldest garden sculptures in The Big Flower Fight:

The Sleepover

What do you do if your parents are kidnapped by a crew of international thieves? You begin a wild overnight adventure — complete with spy gear in The Sleepover on Netflix

Justice of the Pies

Justice of the Pies is committed to delivering amazing pies, quiches and tarts while positively impacting the lives of others:

·  Labor Day Pop Up w/ Hopewell Brewing

·  Order time frame: Thurs, Aug 13 - Sun, Aug 30 

·  Link to order pies: 

·  Pick up day and time: Thursday, September 3rd from 3 PM to 6 PM

·  Pick up location: Hopewell Brewing, 2760 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 


Friday, Aug. 21

Project Power

Joseph Gordon- Levitt & Dominique Fishback bring the action in Netflix’s Project Power:

Semicolon Bookstore

Semicolon Bookstore should be on your list of awesome bookstores to visit in Chicago:

Dr. Terry Dubrow

Check out Dr. Terry Dubrow on Botched & License to Kill

License to Kill:


Kissing Booth 2

Looking for a RomCom this weekend then watch Kissing Booth 2 on Netflix:


Get Rich or Dive trying on Cannonball:

Eli's Ark

Get some fun treats at Eli’s Ark:

Clear the Shelters

Help Clear the Shelter with Chicago Animal Care and Control:


Friday Aug. 7

'The Fugitive'

Check out Kiefer Sutherland in The Fugitive on Quibi:

Master P

Master P’s captivating rags to riches saga is recounted in the BET special series No Limit Chronicles:

Secret Chicago

Discover our beautiful city through Secret Chicago:

Business Unusual

If you’d like to register/access the webinar Business Unusual, Big Ideas for Small Business by Barbara Corcoran:  

'Selling Sunset'

If you need a binge worthy show with fabulous women, properties and personalities then watch Selling Sunset on Netflix:


Visit Geneva, IL and check out the small businesses that Cortney and Matt visited:

Harvey’s Tales:

Scentcerely Yours:


________________________________________________________________________________Friday, July 31

Vanessa Williams

Get your own copy of Bubble Kisses written by Vanessa Williams:

Kelly Hurliman

If you’re in need of a talented interior designer then reach out to Kelly Hurliman:

Lake Forest Show House & Gardens

The stunning Lake Forest Show House & Gardens is open until Aug. 9:

Camp Tonsafun

Send your kids to Camp Tonsafun, it’s summer camp from the comforts of home:

Don't Look Deeper

If you’re looking to binge a thriller then “Don’t Look Deeper” on Quibi is the series for you:


Head over to ABA for all of Chef CJ Jacobson’s delicious Mediterranean cuisine:


Friday, July 24

Jonathan Bannett

Check out all of Jonathan Bennett’s cool projects:

YouTube channel:

The Burn Cookbook:

Follow Jonathan Bennett on Instagram: @jonathandbennett

Tipsy Elves Collaboration:


Karma takes teen contestants completely off the grid and away from the comforts of home to solve puzzles and conquer physical challenges.  HBO KARMA is currently streaming:

VU Rooftop Bar

Are you looking for a cool rooftop bar then check out VU Rooftop Bar:

 'The Voice': Virtual Audience

Sign up to be a virtual audience member of The Voice!

Palm Springs

Check out Andy Sandberg in Palm Springs on HULU:


Friday, July 17

Andy Samberg

Check out Andy Sandberg in Palm Springs on HULU:

Semicolon Bookstore

Find your favorite book at Semicolon  Bookstore:

Stacy Kaiser

Get in touch with Stacy Kaiser if your feel like you’re losing control:

Summer Ales

Find you favorite Summer Ales

Revolution Brewing:

Whiner Beer:

Sketchbook Brewing:

Breanna Lockwood

Follow Breanna Lockwood and her mom's IFV journey:


Friday, July 10

George Lopez

Laugh along with George Lopez! Watch his new Netflix special:

Ron Finley MasterClass

Step up your garden game with Ron Finley’s MasterClass!


Purchase the book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World:

The Travel Mom

Learn the ins and outs of traveling right now with The Travel Mom!


Buy a charcuterie board that will have everyone talking! Check out the special Chicago Today Fry Board!


Friday, June 26

RuPaul's Drag Race

Check out Carson Kressley on RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1 and THE GREAT AMERICAN GROOM-A-LONG on Animal Planet:

Follow Carson on IG: @CarsonKressley

Lynn Whitfield

Watch Lynn Whitfield in Greenleaf

Jennivee Bakery

Get you pride desserts from Jennivee Bakery:

Kevin Bacon

“You Should Have Left” starring Kevin Bacon is sure to thrill you!

Follow Kevin on IG: @kevinbacon

LGBTQ+ Groups

If you want learn more about LGBTQ+ organizations then check out the links below:


The Trevor Project:

The Ali Forney Project:




The Human Rights Campaign:

The Ally Coalition:

The Brave Space Alliance:

Center on Halsted


The GenderCool Project:

Kaleidoscope Trust :

Stonewall Sports:

The Test Positive Awareness Network:

Lurie Children’s Hospital Transgender Youth Program:


Friday, June 19

Council of Dads

This Father’s Day weekend catch Michael O’Neill on Council of Dads:

Somebody Feed Phil

Watch Phil Rosenthal eat his way through Chicago on Somebody Feed Phil:


If you want to get more information on the #ShareTheMicNow campaign:



The Chi

Check out the new season of The Chi on Showtime:

Celebrate Pride


Summer Drink Kits

Here is the list of our featured locations that offer Summer Drink Kits:







Friday, June 12

King of Staten Island

Matthew and Cortney swear this is Judd Apatow’s best movie yet! King of Staten Island will be available via Xfinity On Demand, Fandango, Amazon Video, Apple TV, Vudu and Google Play among other platforms.  Here’s a link to the full list:

Science Genius Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Challenge

Hip Hop Scientists can submit themselves via the Science Genius Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Challenge submission form and/or by sharing their process and final performance on social media tagging @ScienceGeniusChallenge on Instagram & TikTok and/or @ScienceGenius_ on Twitter, and use the following hashtags: #ScienceGenius, #RapBattles and #HipHopEd. A panel of expert judges will then select winners in each division and share their genius with the world crowning the final 2020 Science Genius.

Submission form: file:///C:/Users/206653655/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/G4A94W1C/Science%20Genius%20Press%20Release%20Final6.pdf

Matt Chan

Check out Chicago-native, Matt Chan, on THE TITAN GAMES

J.K. Simmons

Check out Oscar winner, J.K. Simmons, in his latest role:

Cassandra Walker

Here Organizations are organizations Cassandra Walker suggested during her interview:

Brave Space Alliance

Chicago Freedom School

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Black Lives Matter Chicago

UMedics Chicago

Father’s Day Gift Guide








Spirit Hub



Friday, June 5

Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation

To donate, volunteer, and learn more about the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation:

My Blood, My Hood, My City

To request relief, donate or volunteer with My Block, My Hood, My City:

Sweet Magnolias

If you’re staying in and want a family friendly show to stream then check out Heather Headley in Sweet Magnolias:

Help for Chiquita:

Help Chiquita and her construction company rebuild vandalized businesses.




Friday, May 29

Thomas Lennon

Show some love for Chicago’s Own Thomas Lennon:

Reno 911:

Twilight Zone:



Get fashionable with TieDyeChi on Etsy:

Space Force

Your weekend binge watchable new series on Netflix should be Space Force:

Gary Busey

If you want to see some animal justice then check out Gary Busey as “Pet Judge”:



Small Business Lottery

Support Small and local business with Edgebrook Sauganash Small Business Lottery:





Instagram: @CoreResponse

Twitter: @CoreResponse

Facebook: @CoreResponse

CORE, Co-Founder Sean Penn

Twitter: @SeanPenn


Friday, May 22

Oprah Winfrey Chicago Donations

Live Healthy Chicago

Community Organizations to Support Chicago:

West Side United:

Rush University Medical Center:

MAAFA Redemption Project:

My Block My Hood My City:

Forty Acres Fresh Market:

Chef Fabio Viviani Virtual Chicken Limone Dining Experience

IG: @fabioviviani

Fabio's next Virtual Dining Experience:

Kate the Chemist

IG: @katethechemist


Robbie Amell in 'Upload'

Catch Robbie Amell in UPLOAD streaming on AMAZON here.

IG: @robbieamell

Uncle Bub’s BBQ

132 S Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559

Phone: (630) 493-9000

More information here.


Friday, May 15

Candace Cameron Bure

Check out Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora Teagarden on Hallmark Movie & Mysteries:

Watch the final season of Fuller House on June 2:

Dr. Rinku Shah

Contact Dr. Rinku Shah, DO to schedule your Antibody Tests:

Office Address: 1605 S Michigan Ave UNIT 1 IL 60616

Office Phone: (312) 535-5770


Michelle Park

Follow Michelle Park on Instagram for Lifestyle Ideas:

“What Makes a Marriage Last" by Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue

Buy your copy of “What Makes a Marriage Last" by Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue:

National Pizza Party Day

National Pizza Party Day is 5/15! Have a virtual pizza party with your friends thanks to Gino’s East:

ACS Discovery Ball

Join Matt and Cortney on May 21 for the ACS Discovery Ball.


Friday, May 8

Laurie Metcalf promotes

Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée:

Local Retailers of Loungewear

Bolt Addiction:

Obvious Shirts:

Generation Bliss:

Hilaire Burton Morgan

Friday night in with the Morgans:

The Rural Diaries (Book):


Friday, May 1

Mother’s Gift Guide

Lynfred Winery:

Amy's Candy Bar:

Ten Friends Dry Bar:

The Fig Tree:

Aroma Workshop:

The Dank Haus:

City Grange:


Katie the Chemist

Follw Kate on Instagram.

IG: @katethechemist

Joseph Sikora

Watch Joseph on Ozark & Power:



Love is Blind

Watch Mark on Love is Blind here.


Friday, April 24

Michael Shannon Flicks

Watch his latest film “The Quary” here.

Check out his Children’s Puppet Show here.

Stream “Knives Out" here.

Katie Kadan

Learn more about the local Chicago fundraiser, Our City of Neighbors, streaming April 30.

Sweet Farm

Looking to add a goat or llama to your next video conference? Find out more about Sweet Farm here.

Soul Harbour Ranch

Video chat with the most adorable Chicago native mini horses! Click here for more.

Jeff Ross

Get roasted by the Roast Master himself!

Learn more about how Jeff and others at Cameo are giving back during this time.


Friday, April 17

That Thing You Do Watch Party

Support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund:

Caroline Manzo

Watch What’s Cooking:

Dr. Reef Karim

Double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction specialist Dr. Reef Karim shares his manual for getting through this global crisis. Click here for the free download.

Brandi Milloy, Lifestyle Expert


Jo Thomas, LTC Living in River North



Friday, April 10

Murder House Flip

Learn more about the new TV show "Murder House Flip":

Tommy Chong

Cheech & Chong’s Bud Farm:

“What is Coronavirus” Book

Find out more about the book here:

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Details on the Chicago Flower and Garden show can be found here:


Friday, April 3


Red Bull Sessions:

The Quarantine:  

D.B. Sweeney

Two Dum Micks:

Kids Create Studio

For more on the Lakeview studio, click here.

Amanda Freitag



Friday, March 27

Sheffield’s Wine & Beer Garden

Want to continue supporting local restaurants during this trying time? Click here to check out Sheffield's Wine & Beer Garden's website and for delivery options.

Chicago Hospitality United

Now you can buy a shirt to help hourly employees affected by the coronavirus closures. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards financial relief for those employees:

My Block, My Hood, My City

Join in the effort to help seniors and others vulnerable to the coronavirus: www.FORMYBLOCK.ORG

Trainer Jo Thomas

Connect with trainer Jo Thomas directly at:

Trainer, LTC Living

Insta: @ltcliving

Joe’s Insta: @bigjo85

Chicago Children’s Choir

Learn more about the Chicago Children's Choir at


For more self-care and wellness advice, check out Asutra.


Friday, March 6

CHIditarod XV 

If you want to donate food or money or watch the race in person this weekend, click here.

Flour Power Event

The first-ever Flour Power, a bake sale with a purpose, will support International Women's Day on Sunday. Click here for more.

Trampoline Workouts at Bellicon Studio

Ready to jump on the new fitness trend? Click here to find out more.


Friday, Feb. 28

Soul Harbour Ranch

Want more mini-horses? Who doesn't?! You can find out more on the mini therapy horses featured here.

For a look at some of their upcoming events, click here.

Chicago Polar Plunge 2020

Brrrr! For information on this weekend's Polar Plunge, click here.

Rock Bottom Fire Chief Chili Cook Off

Want to taste test yourself? Click here for more on the event.

Chicago Flamenco Festival 2020

For more on this event from Instituto Cervantes, Old Town School of Folk Music and City Winery, click here.

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