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Weekend Events Around Town: 6/3 – 6/5

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Mayfest Chicago in Lincoln Square This German springtime festival features live music and entertainment, as well as food and drink. Similar to Oktoberfest, Mayfest stems from a German tradition of welcoming the spring. Come to see the festival’s icon, […]

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Prosecution Begins Cross-Examination of Blago

The prosecution got its chance to cross-examine Rod Blagojevich at the end of the day on Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar began the questioning just before 4:00 pm, but it took almost 10 minutes for the former governor to answer his first question. Schar alleged that after being convicted of lying to the FBI, […]

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The New University of Chicago Library

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, we take a look at the brand new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. This isn’t just any library– it contains a five-story basement with an automated storage and retrieval system. Order a book at a computer and a crane will automatically get it to […]

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Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss joins us to discuss three plays on stage right now. Tonight, we’ll hear about “The Outgoing Tide,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “Festen.” “The Outgoing Tide” at The Northlight Theatre This world premiere of a new play by Bruce Graham tells the […]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/27 – 5/30

Need some ideas for what to do on this Memorial Day weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre Don’t miss the Hyde Park Court Theatre’s production of Porgy and Bess, the Ira and George Gershwin classic. Classic songs like “Summertime” are given new life in this update […]

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Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre

It doesn’t take much more than the first few notes of “Summertime” to conjure up the 1935 folk opera, Porgy and Bess. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, catch a live performance from the opera by actors in Chicago’s latest production of the George and Ira Gershwin classic. Porgy and Bess tells the story of […]

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A Nose for Bacteria

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the Scientific Chicago segment discusses a number of advancements in science and technology, including a chemical “nose” that can smell and diagnose bacterial infections. We caught up with Ken Suslick, the scientist who developed the “nose.” Suslick is the Marvin T. Schmidt professor of chemistry at the University of […]

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The ‘Stealth Tax’

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, three municipal leaders argue that Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to keep some income tax revenue normally slated for local governments at the state level will force them to cut public safety services. Mayor Tom Weisner of Aurora, Glenview Village President Kerry Cummings and Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun join us […]

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Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, Ash-har Quraishi fills us in on opening statements in the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of organizing the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India that left 166 dead. At approximately 11:00 pm on November 26th, 2008, a group of young men entered the city of Mumbai […]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/20 – 5/22

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! “Out in Chicago” at the Chicago History Museum Learn about the history of LGBT life and culture in Chicago at this new exhibit opening at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, May 21st. The exhibit features rare LGBT memorabilia […]

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Building “Out in Chicago”

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the curator of the Chicago History Museum joins us to discuss their new exhibit, “Out in Chicago.” Check out our slideshow of the new exhibit as it is being constructed below. Very little LGBT memorabilia survive. Matchbook covers from bars were used and discarded. Radical or political buttons that […]

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Same-Sex Couples and Adoption

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear joins us to discuss the Catholic Charities adoption controversy. Under the new Civil Unions law that goes into affect June 1st, all state-funded adoption agencies are required to serve couples that receive the unions. Illinois’ Catholic Charities, an organization that controls 20 percent […]

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Rahm Emanuel’s Inauguration

Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was inaugurated Monday in an outdoor ceremony at Millennium Park. Chicago Tonight talked to some of the people who came to watch about what the inauguration meant. Rahm Emanuel’s first minutes as mayor began on Monday after he was sworn in at an outdoor ceremony open to the public. Thousands […]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/13 – 5/15

Windy City Rhythms at the DuSable Museum for African-American History This celebration of National Tap Dance Day recognizes the women that have kept tap dance alive. The First Lady of American Tap, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, is serving as mistress of ceremonies as well as performing. Performances by the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and the […]

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Mayor Richard M. Daley: 22 Years in Chicago

As the final days of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s tenure wind down, Chicago Tonight looks back at his great– and not so great– moments.

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