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Weekend Events Around Town: 8/12 – 8/14

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Baby Wants Candy: The Rock Musical at Apollo Theater Musical theater and improv combine in Baby Wants Candy: The Rock Musical. An Apollo Theater staple, Baby Wants Candy is the world’s premier musical improvisational theater company. The group began […]

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Ragdale

In 1976, Ragdale officially became a nonprofit artists’ community and retreat, but the site has been home to artists since it was built by Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1897. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, we take a look at Ragdale under renovation to see what’s in store for its […]

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Blues Camp

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Jay Shefsky goes behind the scenes of a summer camp for kids dedicated to the Blues. The moment Nancy Rice heard about Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp, she knew it would be perfect for her grandsons, Peyton and Carlton McDowell. The Blues might not be the preferred music for most […]

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New Efficiency Plans for the Department of Buildings

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new plan for the Department of Buildings to increase efficiency when attaining building permits, and by decreasing time it takes to get permits, also decrease the number of taxpayer dollars the Department spends. “We are taking much-needed steps to increase efficiency and decrease the time it takes developers […]

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Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Leadership

The annual Chicago Air & Water show gets underway on Aug. 20 and 21. We talk to the city’s new Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Michelle Boone, about this and the uncertain future of arts in Chicago given the budget constraints on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Watch a video about the upcoming event below. On May […]

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Daren Wendell: Swim to Chicago

After swimming 50.6 miles from New Buffalo, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois, Darren Wendell raised about $12,000 to fund two wells in Africa. We talk with Wendell on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm about his fundraising efforts and his two-day swim. To view a slideshow of his swim, click on the image below. In 2008, Wendell […]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 8/5 – 8/7

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! America’s Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Televangelist Joel Osteen of mega church Lakewood will preach a special event sermon at the White Sox stadium. It’s a night of ministry that Osteen will be holding at multiple venues […]

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Chicagoans Submit Budget Solution Ideas to Mayor

Last Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of the City’s interactive budget website, and since then the Mayor has contacted some of the more active contributors in order to thank them for sharing their ideas and also further discuss their ideas for solving Chicago’s financial troubles. “The creative ideas streaming into www.ChicagoBudget.org prove the […]

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Kingdom Tower

On August 2, Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG) announced that it plans to design Kingdom Tower, which—at over 1,000 meters and with a total construction area of 530,000 square meters—will be the world’s tallest building. Adrian Smith joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm with more on the […]

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90,000 City Contracts Now Online

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel posted over 90,000 city contracts online on the City’s data portal as part of his continued effort to make City government more transparent and accountable. “These efforts will increase the openness and efficiency of the City’s contracting process,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By posting this data online in an easy-to-use format, […]

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Business Weekend for Top Students

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced ThinkChicago, a new program dedicated to bringing top students from regional universities to Chicago for a weekend in order to learn about business, network with professionals and consider a post-graduate career in Chicago. “My administration is committed to investing in the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Mayor […]

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“En Route” in Chicago

Our resident tour guide Geoffrey Baer discovers a whole new way to explore Chicago from a visiting troupe of Australians on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. From July 13 to August 12, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is producing a special edition of One Step at a Time Like This’ En Route. The Australian company has recreated the […]

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CPS Back-to-School Initiatives

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard met to announce investments supporting CPS’ Back-to-School initiatives. “Excellence in education starts with excellent attendance, and the support CPS’ Back-to-School initiatives have received from our city’s business and community leaders confirms just how invested Chicagoans are in our students’ success,” said Mayor Emanuel. […]

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Quinn Signs Illinois DREAM Act

On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois DREAM Act to establish a privately funded college scholarship program for high school graduates from immigrant families, regardless of legality. Mayor Rahm Emanuel also spoke at the event. “Immigrants are a driving force in our city’s cultural and economic life, and opening the way for all Chicago […]

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Safety Tips and Crime Statistics

If Chicago and Toronto have the same population, then why does Chicago have almost eight times the number of murders each year? WBEZ’s Robert Wildeboer joins Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to help us find out. Like any major city, Chicago has its fair share of crime, particularly in the summer when crime rates traditionally […]

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