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One of these days, a national television show will swing through town and focus on something other than Chicago's deep-dish pizza, Navy Pier, blues music and Second City.

Today, literally, is not that day.

The "Today" show broadcasted live from The Bean in Millennium Park this morning, with Evanston-born Willie Geist and Natalie Morales representing for the morning show crew -- all five of whom were supposed to be here. But breaking news surrounding Oklahoma's deadly tornado derailed those plans. Matt Lauer and Al Roker stayed in Oklahoma while Savannah Guthrie returned to New York.

While the city's deep comedic roots with Second City have been well reported, the show's producers managed to put together a nice package on Second City's history and legacy (video above).

Second City alum and Oak Park native Cecily Strong, who became quite a hit during her freshman season on "SNL," stopped by Millennium Park to chat with Willie and Natalie. Willie admitted his fondness for her recurring "Weekend Update" schtick, The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party, prompting Cecily to get into character by breaking out her cell phone to check her email. Looking forward to seeing more of her on "SNL" next season.

The "Today" show planned to visit five spots across the country in five days this week before breaking news forced them to change gears and scale back plans. (They skipped Yellowstone National Park altogether Tuesday.) Tomorrow they'll broadcast from Orlando, wrapping up Friday on the Jersey Shore.

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