Summit to Decrease Violence Addresses Kids’ Sense of Hopelessness


How can Chicago stem the surge of violence? Police, prosecutors, and judges offered ideas Thursday for dealing with troubled youth, some of whom offered ideas of their own. 

Behind the Scenes at Chicago’s Puppet Festival

Lookingglass Theatre presents "Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth" (Liz Lauren / Lookingglass Theatre)

Chicago Tonight goes behind the scenes at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to find out who is pulling the strings.

‘Hamilton’ Voices Rise at Women’s March on Chicago

Three Schuyler Sisters of Chicago’s “Hamilton” to Speak and Sing on Saturday


“Hamilton” may be the story of the Founding Fathers, but at its core are the Schuyler Sisters. Meet the actors who portray the three sisters in advance of their appearance Saturday at the Women’s March on Chicago.

What Past Presidents Tell Us About Trump’s Inaugural Speech


After a contentious campaign and a surprising outcome, how will President Donald Trump utilize his inaugural address?

Cullerton, Radogno Discuss Budget ‘Grand Bargain’


The Illinois Senate leaders join us to discuss their negotiations and fiscal plans for the state.

Long-Eared Owls ‘Invade’ Chicago

A long-eared owl (Courtesy of Rob Curtis)

Why are there so many long-eared owls showing up in Chicago this winter? Bird watchers call it an “eruption.”

Chicago Group Leaves Mark on Sundance Film Festival

Chicago Media Project has a hand in seven films debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. (Vancouver Film School / Flickr)

Chicago Media Project co-founders Paula Froehle and Steve Cohen are on a mission to put Chicago on the map as the next impact media hub. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 18-22

Anatomical Theaters of Mixed Reality (Courtesy of Grace Duval)

Donald Trump’s inauguration, experimental art, a massive women’s march and “Monty Python” star John Cleese usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Author’s Guide to Human Body Addresses Nagging Medical Questions


A fresh take on health from the author of a new guide to operating and maintaining your body.

Brother of Oscar Lopez Rivera Weighs in on Obama’s Commutation

Jose López, left, and Oscar López Rivera (Courtesy of Jose López)

Some say he was railroaded. Others call him a terrorist. Meet the brother of a former Chicagoan whose sentence was commuted this week by President Barack Obama.

Chief of New South Side Trauma Center Has Big Plans


Meet the doctor picked to lead a long-awaited new trauma center on the South Side.

U of C’s Crime Lab Report Examines Chicago’s Deadly Year


The statistics are stark: 762 people were killed in Chicago last year, a 58-percent increase from 2015. The University of Chicago’s Crime Lab studied the data behind the violence. We discuss the findings of its new report with WBEZ reporter Patrick Smith.

Inside ‘The View From Room 205’: A Q&A with Reporter Linda Lutton

WBEZ reporter discusses the year she spent inside a fourth-grade classroom in North Lawndale

(Andrew Gill / WBEZ)

WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton spent the 2014-15 school year examining the impacts of poverty on a fourth-grade class in North Lawndale for a new story published this week. She spoke with Chicago Tonight to discuss that process.

Ask Geoffrey: What Was a Manure Monger?


Before automobiles, Chicago basically ran on horsepower. Find out how the city kept its streets free of manure in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Drone Racing: Local Hero Excels at New International Sport


Explore the hot new sport of drone racing and meet the suburban man who is one of the best in the world.

State Receives Mixed Grade on Reproductive Rights Ahead of Women’s March

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As tens of thousands of individuals gear up for the Women’s March on Chicago, a report released by NARAL Pro-Choice America offers insight into one of the event’s focal points: where the country and state stand in terms of reproductive rights.