Services for Cardinal Francis George

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Cardinal Francis George died at his residence Friday after a long battle with cancer. Services for Cardinal Francis George will be held this week at Holy Name Cathedral.

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From Chicago Girl to First Lady

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Author Peter Slevin has covered both Barack and Michelle Obama for many years. The former Washington Post reporter, who's now on staff at Northwestern University's journalism school, joins us to talk about his new book tracing Michelle Obama's family background, her upbringing and education, and her life with her husband.

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Remembering Cardinal Francis George

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April 17, 2015 - Remembering Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal Francis George has died at age 78 after years of battling cancer. Chicago Tonight looks back on his life and career.

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Spike Lee Film "Chiraq" Triggers Black-On-Black Violence Debate

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April 16, 2015 - Spike Lee Film "Chiraq"

A new Spike Lee film about black-on-black violence that is still in early production has already stirred up controversy just with its title: Chiraq. The mayor says he doesn't like it because it stigmatizes communities and gives the whole city a bad name. We talk with a local filmmaker with an anti-violence message, as well as experts on black-on-black violence to get their take on the controversy.

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Chicago Festival of Music and Movies Grows Up Fast

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April 16, 2015 - Chicago Festival of Music and Movies

CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, has quickly evolved into a spring destination. We'll speak with the new program director, who came from the Sundance Festival.

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Playing Games in Chicago

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April 15, 2015 - Playing Games in Chicago

Chicagoans are solving mysteries and playing games on date night and loving it! A panel of Chicago's gamers and puzzlers will talk about how geek has become chic -- and how you can get in on the play.

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The River Bridges of Chicago

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April 14, 2015 - The River Bridges of Chicago

The bridges spanning the Chicago River have played an intrinsic role in Chicago’s development as an epicenter of industry and transportation. It was here that a new kind of bascule bridge, or drawbridge, was innovated and engineered to perfection. Patrick McBriarty, author of Chicago River Bridges, joins us to discuss how the bridges shaped the city.

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America's Test Kitchen

"The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook"

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April 13, 2015 - America's Test Kitchen

Jack Bishop from the hit PBS television show America's Test Kitchen talks about the newest book, The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. Bishop will give us some recipes to try as well as talk about the 15th season of the hit series.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 4/10-4/12

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Listen to Debussy sonatas played by a violin virtuoso; watch a hybrid jazz and Hindu temple dance; and sample Latin America’s cinematic offerings. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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NFL Draft Comes to Chicago

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For three days starting April 30, the NFL Draft will be held in Chicago for the first time since 1964. The National Football League as well as Chicago organizers say the event will be a major extravaganza that will turn parts of downtown Chicago into professional football's second biggest event of the year. But the draft is arriving with some controversies. We hear why organizers believe the draft will be a major showcase for the city while some observers think it will be only be a showcase for the NFL.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 4/17-4/19

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Watch a Rodgers & Hammerstein classic; tour the largest waterwaste plant on earth; and celebrate and feast on America's favorite cured meat. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Inside Look: The Oprah Collection

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April 16, 2015 - Inside Look: The Oprah Collection

Oprah Winfrey is selling hundreds of items from her Chicago condo. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers gives us a guided tour of the lots before the auction takes place on April 25.

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Remembering Homaro Cantu

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Homaro Cantu, the talented chef and owner of Moto restaurant, has died.

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Inside Lincoln’s Funeral Car

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April 15, 2015 - Inside Lincoln’s Funeral Car

On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, we revisit a story about a man who built – from scratch -- a full-size working replica of the 1860’s steam locomotive that pulled Lincoln’s funeral train. When Jay Shefsky introduced us to Dave Kloke in July 2014, Dave and a team of volunteers had finished the locomotive and had begun work on replica of the Lincoln Funeral Car. Chicago Tonight takes a look at the nearly complete Funeral Car.

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Live Music from Lyric’s "Carousel"

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April 14, 2015 - Live Music from Lyric's "Carousel"

Lyric Opera presents its annual musical, Carousel. Singers will discuss and perform two songs from the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein show.

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Life Since "The Homestretch"

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April 13, 2015 - Life Since "The Homestretch"

The documentary The Homestretch premieres Monday at 9:00 pm on WTTW11. It follows three homeless young people in Chicago as they struggle to graduate high school and navigate their future. That's followed by a Chicago Tonight special edition at 10:00 pm, where host Phil Ponce sat down with three of the documentary subjects to talk about where their lives have taken them since the events of the film, and he also spoke with the filmmakers who spearheaded the project.

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Blair Kamin on Wrigley Changes

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April 9, 2015 - Blair Kamin on Wrigley Changes

Chicago Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin stops by to discuss the renovation efforts to iconic Wrigley Field, including the new video board.

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