Michelle Obama’s Former Chief of Staff Returns to Chicago

Tina Tchen, center, speaks with Michelle Obama. (Pete Souza / The White House)

Tina Tchen shares her memories and unique perspective from working in the White House for eight years.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Grammy-Winning Violinist, Returns to Chicago

Anne-Sophie Mutter (Credit: Bastian Achard)

The world-renowned violinist joins us in conversation and performance.

In Pilsen, Monarch Butterflies a Source of Joy and Education


How a Chicago community organization cultivates the scientific and cultural aspects of monarch butterflies.

What the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Would Mean for Illinois

(Bjoertvedt / Wikimedia Commons)

GOP officials seem optimistic that the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare can succeed, but critics say it will kick millions off the insurance rolls and drastically spike premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. We discuss the bill.

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Drew Peterson Murder Conviction


The former Bolingbrook police officer had appealed his conviction in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Photos: Shedd Debuts Giant Sea Life Sculptures Made From Ocean Trash


Sea creatures made from flip-flops, beach toys, water bottles and other plastic garbage that washed ashore are part of a new exhibit illuminating the proliferation of pollution in the world’s waterways.

Brookfield Zoo to Unveil Statue of Beloved Cookie the Cockatoo

(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

The colorful bird who lived to the ripe old age of 83 had a global fan base and seemed to enjoy being the center of attention. A year after his death, Brookfield Zoo is set to unveil a statue in his honor.

Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State’s Leaders


A joint Chicago-Illinois delegation has returned from a scouting trip to Seattle, as the city and state attempt to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul Announces Bid for Attorney General

State Sen. Kwame Raoul

Lisa Madigan’s bombshell announcement that she won’t run for a fifth term has ignited the race to replace her.

Mueller Probe Intensifies as Former Trump Campaign Manager Targeted


The pressure rises on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller heats up.

Hyperloop One Develops High-Speed Pods, Big Plans for Chicago

(Courtesy of Hyperloop One)

Imagine traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh in under an hour. The company Hyperloop One is developing pods that would travel through tubes at speeds of over 600 mph.

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst


His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Former Northwestern Professor Facing Arraignment in ‘Shocking’ Murder Case

(Chicago Police Department)

Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren each face six counts of first-degree murder in the July stabbing death of a 26-year-old man inside Lathem’s River North home.

Why a Chicago Building Appears to be Cracked Like a Melting Iceberg

(Joel Wintermantle / University of Chicago)

A public art installation along the Chicago River aims to bring the realities of climate change in Antarctica to Chicago. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 21-24

(Courtesy of Goose Island Beer Co.)

Dueling West Town beer bashes, gourmet fare, Chicago comedians and free jazz concerts usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Mavis Staples Biography Selected as New ‘One Book, One Chicago’ Title

Mavis Staples (Ben Houdijk / Flickr)

We revisit a 2014  “Chicago Tonight” interview with Greg Kot, author of the book “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”