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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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The Growing Pains of Going Green

It’s been called one of the greenest homes in the country. But the net-zero energy home, on Chicago’s Northwest side is also spotlighting growing pains in city zoning and the effect some green technology has on neighboring residents. On a quiet, tree-lined street in the Edgebrook neighborhood rests the extreme green dream home of Jacek […]

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From Mexico to Chicago: An Undocumented Teen’s Story

Thousands of undocumented immigrants live in the Chicago area; more than 10 million nationwide. Their stories remain mostly untold, out of fear of deportation. But Reyna Wences and her family have decided to share theirs. Reyna came to Chicago in 2000 when she was just 9 years old, along with her mother and younger brother. […]

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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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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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Chicago City Council Reorganized

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced the reorganization of the Chicago City Council on Tuesday morning. “The people of Chicago were loud and clear when they voted for change and that is exactly what we are announcing today. With the fewest number of committees in the last 50 years, this city council reorganization provides relief to taxpayers […]

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‘Cities of Opportunity’ Ranking: Where Chicago Falls

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, WBBM 780′s Kris Kridel briefs us on the latest business news. Tonight, she’ll tell us about accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ “Cities of Opportunity” study, which ranks the world’s 26 financial capitals based on 10 different indicators including lifestyle assets, sustainability and economic clout. Chicago ranked seventh best for […]

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Royal Wedding Viewing Parties

British Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson and Blogger Toni Hargis will be on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss the much-anticipated Royal Wedding on Friday. Didn’t score an invite to the big day? No problem! There are several viewing parties across Chicago where you can watch Prince William and Kate Middleton get married on […]

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Lawrence Okrent: ‘Chicago From The Sky’

A new book of aerial photos of Chicago reveals dramatic changes in recent decades. We’ll talk with the photographer, Lawrence Okrent, on Chicago Tonight. For before and after pictures of some of the major landmarks and how they’ve changed over the years, check out the photo gallery below, courtesy of Lawrence Okrent from his book: […]

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Understaffing and Ambulance Service at ERs

While patients with health insurance struggle to get in to the University of Chicago Medical Center, patients without insurance are facing even tougher challenges. Provident Hospital on Chicago’s South Side stopped ambulance service in February, and is now relying on Cook County’s other hospitals serving indigent patients to take them. The University of Chicago normally […]

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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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Chicago’s Rising Gas Prices

Gas prices in Illinois keep soaring to near-record levels. As of Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Chicago area was $4.11, compared with $3.71 a month ago, and about $3.10 a gallon a year ago. Some experts say $5 per gallon for gas is possible in the near […]

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Local Moms Weigh in on Longer School Days

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard joined United Neighborhood Organization CEO Juan Rangel at Marquez School on Thursday, June 23 to meet with parents, teachers and students to discuss the positive impact of a longer school day with additional instructional time. Watch Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm for the story. “We […]

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