WYCC PBS Chicago


The programming you love on WYCC PBS Chicago doesn't come free. Your support helps us acquire the rights to mystery series, international dramas, and other high-quality programs like Tavis Smiley and Charlie Rose. Become a member or renew your membership today! We truly appreciate your viewership. Visit our Support Us page to learn about thank you gifts currently available. Visit to learn more about the benefits available through the WYCC MemberCard.

Membership FAQ

Why pay for TV when I can watch it for free?

Someone definitely foots the bill for the programs you watch, and who pays can make a very large difference in the quality and nature of these shows. In commercial television, the advertisers pay the bills. This often means that programs are scheduled based on their ability to generate advertising revenue.

Public television channels like WYCC PBS Chicago, on the other hand, are primarily supported by viewers like you. This makes us more accountable to you. We choose to air programs based on their quality and value to our viewers. And, unlike cable television, which can only be enjoyed by those who can afford to contribute, public television is available for the entire community. Your financial support enables us to inspire, enlighten, and entertain our diverse community with a wide array of thought-provoking programming.

What does it mean to be a WYCC PBS Chicago member?

A member is simply a viewer who values the programming enough to make a pledge of financial support to help sustain the programming for the benefit of the community. Membership dollars help to pay for programming that satisfies your intellectual curiosity. There is no minimum or maximum membership contribution, and we'll accept your donation via phone, postal mail or through our secure online donation form.

What are the benefits of membership?

The most important benefit of membership is the good feeling you'll get knowing that you are supporting high-quality television for the benefit of the entire community. We also say thank you to our members for their generous contributions with exciting and exclusive gifts. All members who contribute $50 or more receive a one-year subscription to the digital edition of the WYCC Magazine for Members, delivered to your inbox every month. Members who contribute $75 or more receive the WYCC MemberCard - your ticket to 2-for-1 savings for dining, shopping, travel, and much more!

When will my MemberCard and/or thank gifts arrive?

It normally takes us about four weeks to process your contribution and mail out your MemberCard and other thank you gifts. If you have been waiting longer than that, and you still have not received what you expected, please contact us.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Contributions to WYCC PBS Chicago are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. If you receive a thank you gift for your contribution, WYCC will let you know the fair market value of the gift, depending on the value of the item, as you may be required to deduct the value from your contribution.

If you have questions regarding membership with WYCC, please e-mail or call 773-487-1350. To donate to WYCC PBS Chicago, call our toll-free number at 1-888-993-WYCC (9922) or fill out our online form.

Send your check or money order to:

WYCC PBS Chicago

Membership Dept.

6258 S Union Ave

Chicago, IL 60621