Weekend Events Around Town: July 31-August 2

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Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge

Celebrate the sun in Pilsen, indulge your taste buds with barbecue and Latin cuisine, and wash it all down with a few French films. Ooh la la: Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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The Future of Landmark Status for Chicago Buildings

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Blair Kamin

What is the landmark status of Marina City and other Chicago buildings? And is the Trump sign "classy" or in the words of Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin, is it "urban acne"? Kamin joins us on Chicago Tonight for the latest on Chicago architecture.

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Students Dig for Lost Treasures in the Gold Coast

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July 29, 2015 - Students Dig for Lost Treasures in the Gold

High-end treasures in Chicago's Gold Coast are usually found in pricey stores. But we'll tell you about some being uncovered at an archaeological dig on the grounds of a famous house.

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Life After Hate

Former Skinhead Leader Reflects on Personal Transformation

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Christian Picciolini was once a neo-Nazi skinhead leader in Chicago. Today he runs an organization called Life After Hate. Jay Shefsky tells the story of Picciolini's remarkable transformation.

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Art Institute Exhibition Draws Attention to 'Underappreciated' Artist

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'Whistler and Roussel' at the Art Institute of Chicago
The American-born artist James McNeil Whistler had a profound impact on his 19th century European contemporaries. An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago looks at Whistler's artistic vision – and his influence on a little-known French artist held in high regard by curators and collectors.

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Weekend Events Around Town: July 24-26

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Stock up on caffeine at CoffeeCon to keep you fueled for a weekend agenda that includes animal adoptions, cocktail celebrations, book browsing and commemoration of a defining moment in Chicago history. 

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Real-Life Ant Man Reviews 'Ant-Man' Movie

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July 23, 2015 - Real-Life Ant Man Reviews 'Ant-Man' Movie

Ant expert Sean Menke reviews Marvel Studios’ new superhero movie Ant-Man, which follows ex-con Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) as he saves the day by harnessing a super-secret particle that allows him to shrink. Menke joins us to talk about Ant-Man, the science behind the movie, and his extensive studies on the small insects.

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'Chi-Raq' Filming Over, But Debate Over Name Carries On

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July 22, 2015 -'Chi-Raq' Filming Over, But Debate Over Name

Filming for Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq has wrapped up, but the debate over the film’s working title rages on. Next week, the City Council is expected to hold hearings on the film's controversial moniker.

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Community Activists Use Bikes to Deliver Social Message

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Slow Roll Chicago founders with Jay Shefsky.

Chicago Tonight's Jay Shefsky talks with the founders of a local cycling movement that focuses on South and West Side neighborhoods. Meet the duo behind Slow Roll Chicago. 

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Comedy Writer From Winnetka Files Lawsuit Against Conan O'Brien

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Conan O'Brien. (Meghan Sinclair / Team Coco)

A freelance comedy writer from Winnetka accuses Conan O’Brien of using jokes he posted on Twitter and has filed a lawsuit against the late-night comedian. Tonight, we’ll talk about the ethics of comedy and how jokes are shared with comedian Dwayne Kennedy and Curtis Flagg, the director of operations at Chicago’s Laugh Factory.

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Ask Geoffrey

Auto Wash Bowl, Balbo Column & Baldwin Ice Cream

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Geoffrey Baer tells a sweet South Side success story, tests the waters at an unusual car wash, and finds the facts behind a fascist monument in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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John Dillinger Returns to Crown Point with Opening of New Museum

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July 28, 2015 - John Dillinger Returns to Crown Point with

Armed with a fake wooden gun, the infamous gangster John Dillinger made a daring escape from the Crown Point County Jail in Northwest Indiana in 1934. More than 80 years later, Dillinger has returned to Crown Point. Joining us to discuss the new John Dillinger Museum is Speros Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

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Writer Seeks Best Restaurants from Back Seat of Cab

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Layne Mosler. (Photo by Rumen Milkow)

When Layne Mosler hails a cab, she doesn't have a destination in mind. What her driver doesn't know is that Mosler's next stop will be his (or her) favorite restaurant. This strategy has led her to discover some of the best eats in cities across the globe, which she details on her blog Taxi Gourmet. Now, Mosler shares her adventures in her new book, Driving Hungry.

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50 Years Later, Fair Housing Movement on North Shore Marches On

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July 23, 2015 - 50 Years Later, Fair Housing Movement on

Fifty years ago, a number of white suburban residents started a fair-housing movement called the North Shore Summer Project, and their work caught the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chicago Tonight’s Brandis Friedman takes a closer look at the movement – then and now – to diversify the area.

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Renée Fleming on ‘Bel Canto,’ the Upcoming Season

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July 23, 2015 - Renée Fleming on ‘Bel Canto,’ the Upcoming

Renée Fleming, creative consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, discusses the upcoming season at the opera house which will feature an opera curated by her.

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Commemorating the Eastland Disaster: 100 Year Anniversary

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July 22, 2015 - Commemorating the Eastland Disaster:100 Year

One hundred years ago today, the SS Eastland sank in the Chicago River. Nearly 100 newly found photos from the Chicago Tribune offer a new look at Chicago's deadliest tragedy.  

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Second to None: Chicago Magazine Names 'Best Of' Winners

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July 21, 2015 - Second to None: Chicago Magazine Names 'Best

Need your car detailed or piano tuned? Whether you're looking for an event caterer or a portrait painter, dog groomer or furniture mover, Chicago magazine's just released list of the "Best of Chicago" highlights 72 shops, services, and activities that make the Windy City second to none.  

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