Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State’s Leaders


A joint Chicago-Illinois delegation has returned from a scouting trip to Seattle, as the city and state attempt to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul Announces Bid for Attorney General

State Sen. Kwame Raoul

Lisa Madigan’s bombshell announcement that she won’t run for a fifth term has ignited the race to replace her.

Mueller Probe Intensifies as Former Trump Campaign Manager Targeted


The pressure rises on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller heats up.

Hyperloop One Develops High-Speed Pods, Big Plans for Chicago

(Courtesy of Hyperloop One)

Imagine traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh in under an hour. The company Hyperloop One is developing pods that would travel through tubes at speeds of over 600 mph.

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst


His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Why a Chicago Building Appears to be Cracked Like a Melting Iceberg

(Joel Wintermantle / University of Chicago)

A public art installation along the Chicago River aims to bring the realities of climate change in Antarctica to Chicago. 

Mavis Staples Biography Selected as New ‘One Book, One Chicago’ Title

Mavis Staples (Ben Houdijk / Flickr)

We revisit a 2014  “Chicago Tonight” interview with Greg Kot, author of the book “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.” 

How to Help Birds Migrate Safely Through Chicago

(Joseph Mietus / Flickr)

Thousands of birds are killed or seriously injured each year in Chicago after colliding with buildings because they fail to see reflective or transparent surfaces. Here’s what you can do to help.

Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Your Credit, Bank Accounts


Some 143 million Americans may have had personal information stolen in the cyberattack of credit-reporting company Equifax. What you need to do immediately.

Illinois Attorney General: Who Will Replace Lisa Madigan?

Erika Harold

Erika Harold has a clean shot at the GOP nomination. Among Democrats, it’s a scramble. The first to officially announce a run is state state Rep. Scott Drury, who had been running for governor. 

Fermilab Scientist Warns Solar Flares Could Devastate Infrastructure


While recent hurricanes have been devastating parts of the Earth, some major activity has also been taking place at the center of our solar system.

Chicago-Area Vietnam Veterans Talk About Life After War

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Hu Totya / Wikimedia Commons)

As Ken Burns takes on Vietnam in a new 18-hour documentary, we hear from local veterans about their lives since the war.

Illinois to Participate in ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill

(Courtesy Southern California Earthquake Center)

More than 300,000 people across the state are registered for a worldwide earthquake drill next month that encourages participants to drop, cover and hold – actions that could help you survive a quake.

New Mural Brightens Lake Shore Drive Underpass


A look at the creation of the latest mural from the Chicago Public Art Group.

Ragtime Revelations with Reginald Robinson


Thirteen years ago, Chicago native Reginald Robinson was awarded a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He joins us in discussion and performance.

Exploring Construction Boom in Chicago’s ‘Super Loop’


Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin on the opening of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and more.