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(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

From siblings with snowballs to wrestling chimpanzees, playful behavior is usually easy to spot. But the question of why we play – and whether we all play for the same reasons – is less apparent.

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Historic clocks from around the world and brilliant stained glass windows fill a new museum in Evanston. We go for a look.

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The longtime Chicago journalist talks about his new book “Murder in the News: An Inside Look at How Television Covers Crime.”

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The cast of “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

The Goodman Theatre marks its 40th year of presenting the holiday classic with some new actors, some new interpretations and new ways to bring in audiences.  

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For 70 years, hunters have been shooting waterfowl at Wolf Lake on the city’s Far South Side. It is the only state park within city limits, and one of the only places to hunt in Chicago. We go for a visit.

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From ostrich eggs to walnut shells: We explore a collection of unusual and traditional Nativity sets from around the world.

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Stefano La Colla in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

The up-and-coming Italian tenor is already being compared to the legendary Luciano Pavarotti. Stefano La Colla joins us in conversation and performance.

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Jamie Kalven appears in court Dec. 6. (Courtesy of WGN)

Jamie Kalven, the Chicago journalist who broke the story of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death, will not be compelled to turn over his sources or testify in open court, a judge has ruled. “To have it resolved, and definitive resolved, was a big relief,” Kalven said.

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For many years, sports fans in Chicago were welcomed to games by clean-cut and friendly Andy Frain ushers. Geoffrey Baer has the story of the man behind the house of ushers.

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Vintage love at the Randolph Street Holiday Market

Vintage gifts, irreverent reindeer, hot mulled wine, Japanese drummers and Mavis Staples usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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A new study looks at how young men view sexual interactions – and finds that some have difficulty understanding whether a woman is giving consent to have sex.

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A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

Surfer environmentalists and the University of Chicago intend to sue U.S. Steel over toxic Lake Michigan spills after it twice released more than the allowable quantity of a cancer-causing chemical into the waters this year.

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Audrey Jones of AB Art Window Painting (Chicago Tonight)

Around Chicago, windows decorated for the holidays are a sure sign that Christmas is on its way. Meet a local artist whose festive fancies could be swirling across a storefront in your neighborhood.

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(Brenna Hernandez / © Shedd Aquarium)

Over the past year, staff from Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team have come to the aid of animals across the globe. Here’s an update on how some of them are doing.

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Author Walter Isaacson talks about his comprehensive new biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” which delves into the staggeringly inquisitive and creative giant of the Renaissance.

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(Rendering courtesy of Wight & Company)

A local businessman who founded the Stellar Gospel Music Awards wants to create the nation’s first major gospel museum on site known as the birthplace of gospel music.

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