‘#AiWeiwei’ Exhibition Explores Art, Activism and Selfies

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Though best known for his multimedia contemporary art, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei is also a prolific photographer. We visit an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography showcasing his work.

Plan for North Lawndale to Tackle Vacant Lots, Economic Development

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Aerial view in 2011 shows parts of North Lawndale and East Garfield Park (Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

How grassroots organizing is increasingly shaping the West Side community, which is looking to develop a shared vision for economic development.

Northwest Side Residents in Affordable Housing Fight

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The fight to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park has residents polarized and leveling accusations of racism.

Durbin Asks Feds for Help with Gun Violence Prevention in Chicago

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After almost 40 shootings this weekend, and another potentially violent summer approaching, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on the federal government to lend Chicago a hand.

Collapse of Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Trigger Rapid Sea Level Rise

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(Photo credit: Becky Goodsell)

New research from climate scientists suggests that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could melt far more quickly than was previously thought.

City’s Expansion of HIV Services Sees Increase in Numbers Served

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More than 3,600 Chicagoans living with HIV received primary care services during the first year of a partnership between the Chicago Department of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago and Howard Brown Health. 

Business Group Recommends Tax Hikes, Governor’s Office Responds

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Eight billion dollars in new revenue. That’s part of the surprising prescription for Illinois’ fiscal troubles, outlined in a report by some of Illinois’ premier business leaders.

How One Chicago Public High School is Embracing Refugee Students

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Nearly 40 countries are represented at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park. We meet the head of the school’s English language program – and the reporter who recently wrote about the school.

Viewer Feedback: ‘The Greatest Museums In This Country Are Free’

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A new pricing structure at the Shedd Aquarium gets viewers talking.

Urban Nature: ‘A Coyote Comeback’

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Coyotes have made a remarkable comeback in Chicago. What are the secrets to their survival in a dense metropolis? Marcus Krahnforst hunts for clues with noted biologist Stan Gehrt in this “Urban Nature” episode.

3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Evolution of Human Spine

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University of Chicago professor Zeray Alemseged discovered the most complete spinal column of any early human relative. (Zeray Alemseged / DRP)

What the nearly complete skeleton of a 2 1/2-year-old child tells researchers about the history the human spine – and human evolution.

UIC Expands Rapid Water Testing at Chicago Beaches

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(Flickr / Eric Allix Rogers)

Same-day water testing conducted at UIC's School of Public Health will give Chicagoans more timely alerts about water quality at their favorite beaches this summer. 

The Week in Review: Tough New Guidelines for Chicago Police Officers

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Gov. Bruce Rauner gets a big gift from billionaire Ken Griffin. A rash of carjackings. Will the mayor find money to keep schools open? And a Cubs sweep reassures worried fans.

Shedd Aquarium to Replace Tiered Pricing with Flat Fee

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(© Shedd Aquarium / Brenna Hernandez)

Starting July 1, visitors to the Shedd can experience nearly all the aquarium has to offer for one price. And for Chicago residents, this means potential savings of nearly 50 percent.

Chicago Public Schools to Borrow $389 Million to Stay Open

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Chicago Public Schools is once again turning to its lenders, this time to keep doors open until the end of the school year on June 20.

‘Unbroken Glass’ A Personal Journey for Local Filmmaker

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When he was just 6 years old, Dinesh Sabu lost both of his parents. His documentary, “Unbroken Glass,” delves into his family history and how the trauma of loss shaped his own life and that of his siblings.