The Midnight Special

Saturdays at 9:00 pm

Unique weekly series featuring songs, silliness, and show tunes

Original and offbeat, this three-hour Saturday night romp presents fresh new singer-songwriters alongside well-known artists who have played at Chicago area clubs, concert venues, festivals, and on the comedy scene. Inclusive, high-energy, and always entertaining, The Midnight Special offers listeners a lively potpourri of folk songs, ballads and blues, showtunes, spoken word, and hilarious novelty routines. Escape into the stories, experience the emotions, and let loose with a good guffaw whenever you tune in. Get onboard here, on, or use the WFMT app. The Midnight Special first aired in 1953 with Mike Nichols as host. View The Midnight Special archived playlists.

You might also be interested in WFMT's weekly series Folkstage featuring a one-hour folk concert.

The Midnight Special is available for free streaming in two different ways – live during the broadcast and on demand via the rights-compliant 5-hour, non-interactive player below within two weeks of the broadcast.

It’s Leap Year!

February 24, 2024, 9:00 pm

Reaching for something a little extra on the playlist as we anticipate Leap Day this coming week.

Women Making History

March 2, 2024, 9:00 pm

Honoring Women’s History Month with songs featuring names of women famous and obscure.  

Barbie Turns 65!

March 9, 2024, 9:00 pm

Songs to note – and send up – the “birthday” of the iconic toy, plus the anniversary of the discovery of gold in California in 1842.

Folk Songs Take Flight

March 16, 2024, 9:00 pm

Music inspired by birds, planes and other things with wings.

Spring into Springtime

March 23, 2024, 9:00 pm

Songs of blooming and rejuvenation for the vernal equinox and springtime in the city.

Get a Jump on Summer

March 30, 2024, 9:00 pm

We take a “spring break”  with songs about islands, tropical getaways, and escaping the routine.