Robin Robinson on Her New Role at the Chicago Police Department

Robin Robinson (Facebook)

The longtime Chicago news anchor was recently hired by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to be a departmental spokesperson and his special adviser on fostering stronger community relationships. She tells us about her new job.

How Would CPS Bankruptcy Work?


Gov. Bruce Rauner doubles down on his calls for Chicago Public Schools to declare bankruptcy. But how would it work, and could it actually make CPS finances worse?

$35 Million Gift for New U of Chicago Entrepreneurship Center


The University of Chicago's startup accelerator and entrepreneurship center lands a multimillion-dollar gift to expand. Meet the alumni donor and the center's director.

Zip Line and Treetop Obstacle Course Opens in Cook County

A new zip line and obstacle course is the first of its kind in the Chicago area. (Go Ape)

Starting Saturday, thrill-seekers and nature lovers will get the chance to swing, soar and climb through a new zip line and obstacle course nestled in the treetops of a Cook County forest preserve.

Big Mural on Campus: Lane Tech High School Adds to Art Collection


Students are the focus of a new mural at a CPS school that has a nationally recognized art collection. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary work.

‘Braving It’ Tells Father-Daughter Adventure in Alaskan Wilderness


A father and daughter travel to the far reaches of Alaskan wild and live to write about it in a new book.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Incredibly Compelling Interview with Shannon Spalding’


We got strong reaction to Carol Marin's conversation with Shannon Spalding. Hear what viewers had to say when read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Syphilis Rates on the Rise Amid Treatment Shortage


Syphilis rates have been steadily increasing in the United States ever since they hit historic lows in 2001. A new concern is the shortage of medicine used to treat the disease.

Weekend Best Bets

2015 Chicago Pride Parade. (opacity / Flickr)

Pride Month culiminates on Sunday with the 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade. Free movie screenings and concerts, a food truck fest and a celebration of encased meats are also on tap.

CTU, CPS Spar Over Funding, Labor Practice Charge


The dreary weather Wednesday morning didn't keep scores of Chicago Teachers Union members from taking to the streets and calling on the city and the school district to enact measures to stabilize the district's funding.

Investigation Looks at Financial Impact of Police Abuse


Information on police abuse settlements is now available online thanks to a new database from the Chicago Reporter. 

City Council Tackles the New Economy


After some parliamentary poker games, City Council takes up a watered-down rideshare ordinance and new restrictions on Airbnb rentals. Find out how they voted.

Endangered Zebra Born at Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed the birth of a female Grevy's zebra on Saturday. (Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo)

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed the birth of a female zebra on Saturday. It's the first zebra birth at the zoo since 2012.

Relationship Today Between Vietnam, U.S. at Heart of Propeller Group Show

The Propeller Group. "The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music," 2014. (Courtesy the Museum of Contemporary Art)

The conflict between the U.S. and Vietnam in the 1970s serves as inspiration for a Vietnamese artist collective that now has a show at the MCA.

Crain’s Roundup: United’s Turbulent Year, Egg McMuffin’s Ingredient Change


Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on United Airlines' efforts to quell 12 months of turbulence. McDonald's switches the Egg McMuffin’s margarine to butter with its new nimble approach. And there’s a possible front-runner to buy the iconic Tribune Tower.  

3,300-Mile Journey by 16 Teens, 6 Adults Told in New Book

Paddling past a limestone spire on Lake Ontario, August 26, 1976. The canoe at the front contains Rich Gross, Bob Kulick, Reid Lewis, and John DiFulvio. (Photographers of the La Salle: Expedition II).

In 1976, a 37-year-old suburban French teacher led an eight-month trek retracing the 17th century expedition of French explorer Robert de La Salle. Hear about the trip from two who experienced it, including the teacher who led the exhibition, and the author of a new book about the trip.