Inside the World’s Only Button Museum


We visit a Chicago museum that presents history in an unexpected way: as told by buttons.

Civil Rights Leaders React to Trump While Honoring MLK

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. speaks Monday.

On a day honoring a man devoted to racial harmony, many leaders and activists are reacting to assertions from President Donald Trump that he is not a racist.

Former Skinhead Writes of His Descent Into Hatred, and How He Got Out

(Courtesy of Christian Picciolini)

Christian Picciolini talks about his life within the white supremacist movement and his subsequent efforts to combat racism, as told in his new book “White American Youth.”

Can Apple and Facebook Make Their Products Less Addictive?


After a public call for Apple to make its smartphones less habit-forming, we take a look at internet addiction in a digital age.

Durbin, Trump Spar Over Vulgar Language Used to Describe Immigrants

“I stick with my original interpretation,” Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday. “I am stunned that this is their defense.”

Two GOP senators say it didn't happen, Sen. Dick Durbin says it did. More on the fallout from the president’s reported comments about Haitian and African immigrants.

Study: Brain MRI Predicts How Well Deaf Children Learn Language


Researchers have created a tool that can predict language learning in deaf children after they receive a cochlear implant. Prediction is just the first step, says Dr. Nancy Young. “We’re trying to create precision therapy.”

‘Rainbow’ Dinosaur Revealed in Field Museum Study

An illustration of Caihong juji, a newly discovered species of dinosaur from 161 million years ago that featured rainbow-colored feathers. (Illustration by Velizar Simeonovski / The Field Museum)

The colorful display of feathers common among hummingbirds has roots in a bird-like Chinese dinosaur from 161 million years ago, a new study finds.

Surfers Prepare to Sue US Steel Over Lake Michigan Pollution

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

A nonprofit group working with the University of Chicago is poised to sue U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution if a deal is not reached by Sunday between the company and environmental regulators.

CPS Adding 65 New Special Education Positions Amid Calls for Reform


As Chicago Public Schools faces a state-led public inquiry into its special education practices, it announces dozens of new positions to bolster its diverse learning supports at more than 50 schools across the city.

Gray Seal Pup Born at Brookfield Zoo

A male gray seal was born at Brookfield Zoo on Dec. 26. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Brookfield Zoo welcomed a newborn gray seal on Dec. 26. The male pup weighed 36 pounds at birth and is expected to weigh more than 120 pounds by the time he is weaned at three weeks. 

The Week in Review: Oprah Stirs Speculation


Is Oprah serious about a run for the White House? Will Garry McCarthy run for mayor? Karen Lewis laughs at a draft of her obit. And the Bears have a new head coach.  

Safety Tips for Exercising Outdoors in Winter


Don’t let frigid weather derail your outdoor exercise routine. With the proper precautions and gear, you can keep it up all winter long, says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Diego Villacis.

Early Voting for Illinois Primary Election Less Than a Month Away


The Illinois primary is March 20, but you don’t have to wait until then to cast your ballot.

Field Museum Scientists Help Protect 2 Million Acres of Rainforest

(Alvaro del Campo / The Field Museum)

A team led by Field Museum conservation ecologist Corine Vriesendorp has worked for 15 years to protect one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. This week, it was designated as a national park.

Art Institute Highlights Revolutionary Art from Soviet Union

El Lissitzky. “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge,” 1920. Ne boltai! Collection.

An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago features the artistic outpouring of Russian artists after the October Revolution of 1917, the coup that brought the Soviet Union into being more than a century ago.

Dick Simpson on His Life as a Chicago Progressive


He has seemingly been part of the Chicago political scene forever, first as an activist but then as an alderman, political science professor and twice as an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. Dick Simpson talks about his new book.