Fourth of July Fireworks

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Celebrate Independence Day underneath a colorful display of fireworks. Chicago Tonight has your picks for shows in the Chicagoland area on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. 

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Summer Music in Chicago

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July 2, 2015 - Summer Music in Chicago

Chicago music fans have a lot to look forward to this summer with the Grateful Dead and Lollapalooza making headlines here. But Humboldt Park neighbors rejected the return of Riot Fest. Rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis join us to talk about the headliners and the headlines.

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Misty Copeland on ‘Life in Motion’

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October 2, 2014 - Misty Copeland on ‘Life in Motion’

Ballerina Misty Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday. In October, Copeland visited Chicago Tonight to talk about her recently published memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. We revisit her conversation with Brandis Friedman.

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“Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions”

Art Institute Links Work of American Artist James McNeil Whistler and His European Contemporaries

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June 30, 2015 - Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions

James McNeil Whistler and Theodore Roussel had linked artistic visions. Their decade of professional collaboration gets a fresh perspective in this look at the creative output of the American mentor and his European student.

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New Lives for Old Bikes

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June 29, 2015 - New Lives for Old Bikes

Each year, Chicago-based Working Bikes collects thousands of used bikes and sends them to partner organizations in Africa and Latin America. There, bike mechanics are trained, bikes are refurbished and local residents get critical personal transportation. Jay Shefsky visited Working Bikes and helped pack a shipping container.

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Chicago Pride Parade’s Safety, Future

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June 25, 2015 - Chicago Pride Parade's Safety, Future

Chicago celebrates its 46th annual Pride Parade on Sunday. We talk with the man behind the parade and Ald. Tom Tunney about the history, security, and future of one of Chicago's largest parades.

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“Chicago and Its Botanic Garden”

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June 24, 2015 - Chicago and its Botanic Garden

Chicago's Botanic Garden celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Author Cathy Jean Maloney joins us to share her new book about the Horticultural Society's illustrious history.

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Hall of China Opens at the Field

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June 24, 2015 - Hall of China Opens at the Field

The Field Museum of Natural History unveils its newest permanent exhibition, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China.

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Safety in Sanctuaries

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June 22, 2015 - Safety in Sanctuaries

A panel of local religious leaders joins us to talk about the racially motivated shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina and how they are addressing safety concerns from their congregations.

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Ask Geoffrey: 7/1

Fit Firefighters, Addison's Adventureland, and City Sailors

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July 1, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey

Geoffrey Baer digs into the history of handball in Chicago firehouses, rides the Cinderella Train at Adventureland, and sails away with the Rainbow Fleet.

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“The Fabulous Future? America and the World in 2040”

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June 30, 2015 - The Fabulous Future: The World in 2040

Inspired by Fortune Magazine's 1955 publication of The Fabulous Future in America in 1980, this new collection of essays opens a dialogue about what the U.S. and the world could be like in 2040. Will we live happier, longer lives? Where is higher education headed? How will journalism transform? We talk with the editors of the new book.

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Former Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Roper Dies

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Jerry Roper, the former president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has died. He passed Sunday night at the age of 74, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 6/26-6/28

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Break out your rainbow gear to show your pride; view the colorful artwork of former Playboy art director Art Paul; and get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Summer Reading Selections

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June 25, 2015 - Summer Reading Selections

If you're headed to a beach somewhere to bake on the sand for a while ... well, first of all, don't forget the sunscreen. But just as importantly, don't forget to bring a bag full of books to keep you company. 

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Ask Geoffrey: 6/24

Geoffrey Baer Heads to the Pier

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June 24, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey

It's finally summer! Geoffrey's headed for the lakefront with three questions about the area around Chicago's most popular tourist destination.

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The Artist Behind Playboy

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June 23, 2015 - The Artist Behind Playboy

The 90 year-old-artist, Art Paul, is perhaps best known as the original art director at Playboy and a champion of young artists. Now his own work is in the spotlight for a new show at a Ukrainian Village gallery.

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“The Subversive Copy Editor”

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June 22, 2015 - The Subversive Copy Editor

Carol Fisher Saller's principles of copy editing might surprise anyone who's ever tussled with an editor over a piece of writing. She argues communication and collaboration between writer and editor are key; style rules are useful guidelines, not the straps of a straitjacket; and that language's evolution isn't anything to rail against. She joins Chicago Tonight. 

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