Biography & Profiles

Ameya Pawar: Alderman of the People

So far, Ameya Pawar appears to be bucking the political system in the way he appoints staff, deals with ward construction projects and runs his ward office. Some say the freshman alderman is the new face of changing politics in Chicago. He was the dark horse candidate in the 47th ward’s last election, and now […]

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Glessner House

History and architecture combine in one of the more controversially beautiful buildings of its day at the Glessner House Museum. Built in 1886 at 1800 South Prairie Avenue, the Glessner House was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, whose work proved influential over modern architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Glessners worked […]

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Sculptor Alfonso Iannelli

Alfonso Iannelli created sculptures with Frank Lloyd Wright, and for 50 years worked on Chicago area landmarks that still showcase his creativity. Today, Iannelli is best known by collectors and historians, who rank him as a valuable contributor to American art made in Chicago. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, we take a look at […]

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Garry McCarthy Named Chicago Police Superintendent

Garry McCarthy: Born in the Bronx, N.Y., McCarthy was raised by his father, James, a New York City Detective, and his mother Marcella, a nurse. He has a wife and two daughters. Currently the Chief of Police in Newark, McCarthy is credited with starting the CompStat program that dramatically lowered the homicide rate in New […]

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Howard Reich’s ‘Prisoner of Her Past’

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Howard Reich stops in to tell us about his documentary, Prisoner of Her Past. The film documents Reich’s discovery that his mother, Sonia, is suffering from late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a childhood spent running from the Nazis during World War II. In an attempt to understand what […]

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Chicago Transportation Leadership Team Announced

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that he’s tapping Forrest Claypool to run the CTA. Claypool, a former Cook County Commissioner, will take over for Richard Rodriguez, who has been CTA president since 2009. Emanuel also announced that current CTA Board Chairman Terry Peterson will stay on board. And he named Gabe Klein as commissioner of […]

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Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographer

Milton Rogovin (1909-2011) was a social documentary photographer who lived to be 101 years old. An optometrist who became a full-time photographer later in life, Rogovin was labeled a Communist and was persecuted by the FBI for his activism promoting workers’ rights in Buffalo, New York. After his voice was silenced, he picked up a […]

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Jean Claude-Brizard named new CPS CEO

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel named Jean-Claude Brizard the CEO of Chicago Public Schools this morning. Brizard resigned as the superintendent of the Rochester, N.Y. schools this afternoon after nearly three years there. Before coming to Rochester, Brizard worked in the New York City public school system for 21 years, moving from a junior high science teacher […]

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CPS Leadership Team Announced

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Public Schools Leadership Team on Monday, April 18. For more information on each of the members, read below. CPS Senior Leadership Jean-Claude Brizard, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard is Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District. Under his leadership, the district’s graduation rate increased and student scores […]

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Robert’s Fish Market

Robert Schuffler, 93, opened Robert’s Fish Market on Devon Avenue in 1966. Arturo Venegas began working at the shop in 1983, when he was just 13 years old. Check out Chicago Tonight‘s web extra videos below. Robert talks about how he got started in the fish business, how the store keeps kosher and how he […]

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Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood

John W. Fountain, a Roosevelt University journalism professor and weekly Chicago Sun-Times columnist, has published a new book about fathers and fatherhood. This book is a compilation of true stories written by journalists and writers about their relationships with their fathers, or lack thereof, and fatherhood in general. Inspired by Fountain’s essay for National Public […]

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Gertrude Abercrombie: ‘Midwestern Surrealist’

Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) was a visionary Chicago painter who created surreal and imaginative paintings. Her highly personal style had a strong impact on the next wave of Chicago artists. In her lifetime, she counted artists and jazz giants as close friends and admirers. These days she’s best remembered by art collectors and historians. To see […]

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Chicago’s Civil War Graves

Although the city was not the site of many significant battles, Chicago is home to thousands of Union and Confederate graves. Robert Girardi, a local Civil War historian, talked to Chicago Tonight about where people can go to pay their respects in honor of the anniversary of the start of the war. Rosehill Cemetery 5800 […]

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Paloma Picasso

Paloma Picasso will be on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to show off some of her jewelry designs. Curious about how she got started designing? Check out this timeline of her life and designing career:  

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History of Parkour

Parkour is a physical discipline where participants use speed and efficiency to move forward freely from point A to B, negotiating obstacles along the way and using only their bodies and the environment. Jumping, rolling, climbing, swinging and wall scaling are all techniques that are used in Parkour. It is most commonly practiced in urban […]

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