Park District Proposes Morgan Shoal Improvement Plan

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Community residents liked what they heard about plans to improve the lakefront along the Morgan Shoal on the city’s south side.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 2/27-3/1

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Enjoy a weekend of culture, comedy, cold beers, and even colder waters. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Second Eastland Disaster Archived Film Located by NIU Graduate

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This week, there was another new discovery of footage from Chicago's Eastland Disaster. 

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Is Islamophobia on the Rise?

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February 23, 2015 - Is Islamophobia on the Rise?

After the shocking murder of three Muslim Americans in North Carolina, we examine whether Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes are on the rise. In a post-9/11 world, is it inevitable that some people will always view Muslim Americans with suspicion? And what role has mainstream media and movies such as American Sniper and Zero Dark Thirty played in demonizing all Arabs and stirring anti-Muslim sentiment? We have analysis.

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President Obama Names Pullman Historic District a National Monument

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February 19, 2015 - Obama Visits Pullman Historic District

The president visits the Pullman neighborhood to commemorate its new National Monument Designation.

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A ‘Mockingbird’ Rediscovered

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February 19, 2015 - A ’Mockingbird’ Rediscovered

The author of The Mockingbird Next Door details her friendship with Harper Lee, the reclusive author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. We revisit the conversation.

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Ask Geoffrey: 2/18

Lake Forest & Streetcar Sandboxes

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February 18, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: 2/18

Geoffrey Baer looks into the history of the African-American community in Lake Forest and tells the sandy story of a streetcar secret in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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“The Italian Americans”

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February 17, 2015 - "The Italian Americans"

There's a new PBS documentary exploring the Italian American experience. We talk with the filmmaker.

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Jackie Robinson West Lawyer

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February 16, 2015 - Jackie Robinson West Lawyer

After the shocking decision to strip the Jackie Robinson West Little League team of its national championship for allegedly recruiting players outside the league's boundaries, we talk with the team's attorney Victor Henderson about his efforts to get the decision overturned.

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Blair Kamin on Pullman Historic District

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February 26, 2015 - Blair Kamin Pullman

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin talks about the Pullman Historic District's designation as a national monument.

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Prison Hospice

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February 24, 2015 - Prison Hospice

A local filmmaker was honored with an Academy Award nomination for the documentary, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall. Though the film buzz has ended, its creator is on a mission to bring more inmate-operated hospice care to prisons all over the country. We talk with him about his efforts and the prison hospice system in Illinois.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 2/20-2/22

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Chicago Volunteer Expo, Maker & Muse, and Free at First; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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A Half Century of Creative Musicianship with the AACM

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February 19, 2015 - A Half Century of Creative Musicianship

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) celebrates 50 years with Free at First, a new exhibition at the DuSable Museum.

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2015 Academy Awards

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February 18, 2015 - 2015 Academy Awards

The 87th Academy Awards are on Sunday and there is substantial buzz over who will win Best Picture. From the innovative film Birdman starring Michael Keaton to Richard Linklater's work Boyhood that spanned 12 years, the competition is stiff. Who made the cut and who got snubbed? Chicago film critics Jeanne Kaplan and Ray Pride join us to discuss the year's best films.

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Family to Contest Ernie Banks’ Will

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February 17, 2015 - Family to Contest Ernie Banks' Will

Three months before his death, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks signed a new will giving control of his assets to his caregiver, Regina Rice. Banks’ adult sons and estranged wife are accusing Rice of manipulating Banks to gain access to his estate. We discuss the dynamics of wills and the disputes that can arise from them.

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Jewelry Exhibition Crowns Historic Mansion

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February 17, 2015 - Jewelry Exhibition

The Driehaus Museum opens a new show, Maker & Muse, an extensive look at art jewelry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Gender Identity: Understanding and Empowering

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February 16, 2015 - Gender Identity

Those who identify themselves with the opposite gender still face discrimination within many subsets of society. However, portrayals of transgender people in media and culture have helped acclimate American audiences to their experience. What have been the advancements of the transgender cause and what obstacles still lie ahead?

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