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.

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.

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.

With Amazon in Sight, Rauner and Emanuel Political Foes No More


After being political foes for months, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner are back to working together for a common cause: convincing Amazon to build its second headquarters in Chicago.

A Day with a Chicago Tugboat Crew


Chicago Tonight spends a day with a tugboat crew moving barges on the Calumet River.

How Chicago ‘Hacktivist’ Derek Eder Uses Public Data for Good


The man behind a weekly gathering of Chicago web developers tells us how they use their tech skills for good.

Ken Burns on ‘Vietnam War’ Series: ‘There Is No One Truth in War’

A still image from “The Vietnam War” series from documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

On Sunday, “The Vietnam War,” a new 10-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered on WTTW. Burns and Novick were in Chicago last week and sat down with “Chicago Tonight” to talk about the epic work.

Potential Candidates Scramble After Lisa Madigan Announces Retirement


Carol Marin talks about the latest in state politics with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times, Dave McKinney of WBEZ and Chicago Tonight’s Amanda Vinicky.

New Law Requires Illinois to Track Food Deserts

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Research shows that hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans live in food deserts. According to a 2006 report, most of those in Chicago were made up entirely of African-American residents. 

Chicago Says It Has Met 40 Percent of Paris Climate Agreement Goals

(Courtesy Chicago Mayor's Office)

A new analysis of citywide carbon emissions data shows that Chicago is 40 percent of the way to meeting emission reduction targets set under the Paris climate deal. 

#BackOffColonCancer Doctor Urges Colon Cancer Screening

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Albert rides home wearing a sign urging people to be screened for colon cancer after one of his patients died and another who had never had a colonoscopy was found to have a tumor. (Courtesy of Dr. Andrew Albert)

After losing a patient to colon cancer, a local doctor strapped a sign to his back urging people to get screened for the disease. The reaction to his unusual move was instant – and widespread.

Octopuses Might Not Be Loners, Study Shows

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While little is known about the typically solitary lives of octopuses, new evidence out of Australia suggests that octopuses can congregate and socialize under the right conditions.

Preckwinkle, Other Officials to Jump In Chicago River on Saturday

Ping Tom Memorial Park at the Chicago River (Courtesy Metropolitan Planning Council)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and about a dozen other elected officials will take part in a fundraiser aimed at boosting efforts to improve the quality of the river’s water.