A Rowdy Good Time: Drag Boat Racing at Blarney Island

Boats fly by at speeds up to 150 miles per hour on an 800-foot course. There is drag boat racing every Thursday night all summer long at Blarney Island on Grass Lake. Chicago Tonight's Jay Shefsky goes to the races and takes a 94 mph ride on a race boat.

Rising Rent in Lincoln Square Drives Out Fine Wine Brokers

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Fine Wine Brokers co-owner Louise Rohr (Rebecca Palmore / Chicago Tonight)

Lincoln Square's Fine Wine Brokers, a 20-year neighborhood staple, will close Aug. 31, according to the shop’s co-owner Louise Rohr, who cited rising rent as the deciding factor in the store’s closure.

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Hurricane Katrina: Remembering the Storm 10 Years Later

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View of inundated areas in New Orleans following breaking of the levees surrounding the city as the result of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans. Photo was taken Sept. 11, 2005. (Lt. Cmdr. Mark Moran, NOAA Corps, NMAO/AOC)

Chicago Tonight marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with two storm survivors who moved to Chicago after the destructive storm ripped through the New Orleans area. Joining us to share their stories and memories are David Kaplinsky and Tovi Khali.

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Lessons Learned from Nieman Fellow Dawn Turner

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Dawn Turner

Awarding-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner is back in town after spending a year at Harvard University for the prestigious Nieman Fellowship. Turner joins Chicago Tonight on Thursday to discuss what she learned during her time away.

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Viewer Feedback: August 27

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We share what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read viewer feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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CPS Board Votes on Controversial Budget

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August 26, 2015 - CPS Board Votes on Controversial Budget

The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously today to pass a much-criticized $5.6 billion budget that includes almost $480 million from the state, $1 billion dollars in borrowing, and what teachers and parents are calling massive cuts to special education. Brandis Friedman joins us tonight with the latest from downtown.

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Corpse Flower Hours Away From Big Bloom at Chicago Botanic Garden

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August 26, 2015 - Corpse Flower Hours Away From Big Bloom

The Chicago Botanic Garden is on death watch. Officials there say the famed titan arum plant, more popularly known as the "corpse flower," could bloom in a matter of hours and emit its notorious foul odor. Chicago Tonight was on the scene on Wednesday. Also, watch a livestream of the famous plant called Spike.

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Octopus Genome Reveals Sea Creature's Secrets

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August 26, 2015 - Octopus Genome Reveals Sea Creature

This month in Nature, an international team of researchers released some of their key findings after a first-of-its-kind study of the genome of the California two-spot octopus. The team found a massive and unusually arranged genome, with many genes unique to the octopus that could provide clues to the unusual animals. One of the researchers, University of Chicago neurobiologist Cliff Ragsdale, joins Chicago Tonight to discuss the ongoing project.

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Ask Geoffrey: August 26

Who designed the Marshall Field’s clock?

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August 26, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: August 26

In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, viewers ask our local history expert about the Marshall Field’s clock, a World War II memorial in Lincoln Park and the Chicago Federal Building’s dome. 

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Weekend Events Around Chicago: Aug. 28-30

Ogle the Stanley Cup, Brush up on Film Noir and Catch The Psychedelic Furs

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John McDonough and the Stanley Cup (c/o 41st Ward website)

This weekend, you can hang out with the Stanley Cup, revisit new wave '80s band The Psychedelic Furs, walk through a garden in the city, take in a movie or two, and more.

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Shoreline Facelift Unfolds to Ease Fullerton Beach Traffic

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One of the most sizable redesigns of the Chicago lakefront is underway at Fullerton Avenue beach, and the change is predicted to be eye-popping. By next summer, everyone passing through the area will have a lot more breathing, sunning, and picnicking room. Chicago Tonight's Eddie Arruza has the story.

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Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews

‘Kurios,’ ‘October Sky,’ ‘Assassination Theater,’ and More

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Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reviews Kurios – the latest from Cirque du Soleil – and the world premiere musical October Sky, directed by Rachel Rockwell at Marriott Lincolnshire.

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Original 1893 World's Fair Paintings Discovered in Storage Facility

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Three original Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were discovered in a Park District storage facility (Photo c/o city of Chicago)

Three original Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were discovered in a Chicago Park District storage facility, the CPD announced Wednesday.

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Dealing With a Disgruntled Employee

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August 26, 2015 - Dealing With a Disgruntled Employee

A horrifying incident unfolded on live television this morning when a reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed by a man reported to be a former colleague. On Chicago Tonight, we'll look at what businesses can and should do to look for and address the potential dangers of a disgruntled employee.

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Put A Ring On It? What Ashley Madison Says About Modern Love

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August 26, 2015 - What Ashley Madison Says About Modern Love

The radioactive mushroom cloud of marital unhappiness set off by the hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison keeps growing. But what does the website and its popularity say about modern marriages? And how do Ashley Madison, dating websites, and smartphone apps affect how we build relationships? Tonight, we’ll hear from Eli Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University.

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A Rowdy Good Time: Drag Boat Racing at Blarney Island

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August 26, 2015 - A Rowdy Good Time: Drag Boat Racing

Boats fly by at speeds up to 150 miles per hour on an 800-foot course. There is drag boat racing every Thursday night all summer long at Blarney Island on Grass Lake. Chicago Tonight's Jay Shefsky goes to the races and takes a 94 mph ride on a race boat.

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State Budget Stalemate: Week 8

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August 25, 2015 - State Budget Stalemate: Week 8

Still no budget in Springfield and now the state's comptroller says Illinois is starting to fall far behind in paying its bills. We have the latest on this and other news out of Springfield on Chicago Tonight with Amanda Vinicky.

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