Arts & Entertainment

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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“The Interrupters”

The Interrupters is a new documentary about the fight against violence on Chicago streets. Director/producer Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz, whose original article inspired the film, join us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, along with one of the Violence Interrupters. The film follows a year in the life of the city of Chicago as […]

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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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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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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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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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Artist Matt Lamb

Chicago artist Matt Lamb’s success story is like no other. Long before he ever picked up a paintbrush, Lamb ran a profitable chain of funeral homes and lived the high life. But he gave up the business, kicked his alcohol habit and tried something he’d never done before — painting. That was more than 30 […]

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Cool Recipes for a Hot Summer

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Randy Zweiban, owner and executive chef of downtown Chicago restaurant Province, demonstrates some cool recipes for a hot summer that won’t require turning on the stove. Check out the two web-exclusive recipes from Chef Zweiban below. Apple Salad 4 Cups Julienned Apples (preferably honey crisp or gala) 3 Cups […]

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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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Weekend Events Around Town: 7/29 – 7/31

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! “West Side Story” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre Broadway’s “West Side Story” is on tour in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Enjoy this classic musical based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Complete with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen […]

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West Side Story

The 1957 musical “West Side Story” is one of the most iconic American musicals, but it rarely tours. The show is expensive to stage and demands a cast who can sing, act and dance like their lives depend on it. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, we go backstage alongside a pair of performers with […]

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Sylvia McNair

Sylvia McNair’s 25-year career covers the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy winner. She is also a breast cancer survivor. McNair performs and discusses her latest ventures on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. From the early 1980s to the early 2000s, McNair […]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 7/22 – 7/24

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Bodies Among Other Things, Part 1 at the Smart Museum of Art Poet Matthias Regan leads an exploration of the question, where among various objects depicted in paintings do people dwell, in a two-part series at the Smart Museum […]

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Artist John Himmelfarb

A Chicago artist has discovered that trucks are vehicles of inspiration to him. From a viaduct in Hyde Park to the Chicago Cultural Center, John Himmelfarb is steering his art in some surprising directions. We have the story on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Check out a slideshow of some of Himmelfarb’s truck paintings below. […]

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