10 Things to do This Weekend: Oct. 27-30

Hang out with a sloth and other creatures at Garfield Park Conservatory. (Ontley / Wikimedia Commons)

Halloween parties, scary movies and some creatures of the night usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Groups Look to End Monetary Bail in Cook County


Should the practice of assigning bail to defendants go away? Why a growing group of stakeholders and public officials say most defendants should simply be let out for free.

Navigating Community College Takes Support, Time for These Students


Though community college is expected to last only two years, it's a long road for many students. A look at how some students are getting plenty of support along the way.

New Mixed-Use Development Plan to Combine Libraries With Housing

The Chicago Public Library’s revamped Chinatown branch opened last year with a feng shui-influenced interior design and expansive views of the city. A design competition for three new CPL branches kicks off next year. (Steven Kevil / Wikimedia Commons)

A new partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Libraries will put affordable housing and learning centers under the same roof in three city neighborhoods.

Author Examines Parental Involvement in College Women’s Success


When is less more? A new book highlights the pros and cons of parents who hover, even into college.

Preservation Group Launches Ambitious Plan to Save House of Tomorrow


It was once the vision of the future. Now a major campaign is underway to save the House of Tomorrow from becoming a memory of yesteryear.

Find Early Voting Locations in Chicago Neighborhoods


Registration and voting locations are now operating in each of Chicago's 50 wards. The polling places will operate through Monday, Nov. 7.  

Radio Legend Herb Kent, ‘The Cool Gent,’ Dies at 88

Herb Kent appears on "Chicago Tonight" in February 2009.

Herb Kent was the longest-running DJ in radio history and graced the Chicago airwaves for more than 70 years. He died Saturday after his final radio broadcast.

Should Recorder of Deeds be Combined with Clerk’s Office?


Cook County voters will decide whether to eliminate the Recorder of Deed’s office in a binding referendum. We hear from both sides of this contentious debate.

Forum: Cook County State’s Attorney Candidates


The two candidates aiming to replace Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez make their case in our latest candidate forum.

Daytime Exercise Could Be More Effective, Study Suggests

Muscles’ Internal Clocks Control Response to Activity

Research by Northwestern Medicine suggests humans may be better suited to exercise during the day. (Pixabay)

Working out during the day may be more effective than cramming in a late-night session, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

Chicago Cubs Head to World Series


They're still lovable, but they're not losers anymore! Previewing the Cubs vs. Indians World Series and what it all means for Chicago.

EPA to Shut Down 2 Chicago Vehicle Emissions Test Facilities


Motorists will be without a single testing center within Chicago city limits starting Nov. 1.

New Report Finds Student Debt on the Rise Across Illinois, US

Student debt for Illinois grads has increased by more than $5,400 since 2010, according to a new national report.

One Illinois state representative hopes to stem the tide of rising student debt by making public colleges and universities free for all in-state residents.

The Week in Review: Trump Continues Claims of Rigged Election


Donald Trump refuses to say he’ll concede the election as Hillary Clinton climbs in national polls. Chicago shootings continue at a record pace. And the Cubs take game five of the NLCS. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

New Program to Stem Chicago’s Violence Epidemic Starts in Jail


For many young men inside the Cook County Jail, violence on the streets is a daily reality. But a new program based at the jail aims to change that reality.