"Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea"

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April 7, 2014 - "Victura"

A new book, Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea, shows what a small sailboat meant to a famous first family. Author James Graham joins us. Read an interview, a book excerpt, and view a slideshow of photos.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 4/4 - 4/6

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A festival of colors, a spring craft show, and a canine carnival; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Comedian Jeff Garlin

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April 3, 2014 - Comedian Jeff Garlin

In town for standup shows at Zanies Comedy Club, Chicago native Jeff Garlin stops by to chat about his show The Goldbergs and his production work on the documentary Finding Vivian Maier about a mysterious Chicago nanny with a secret penchant for photographing the city and its residents from all walks of life. Watch the film trailer and Jay Shefsky's stories about Vivian Maier.

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Seth Goldberg

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April 2, 2014 - Seth Goldberg

Seth Goldberg has profound hearing loss and is developmentally disabled. When he was a baby, doctors said he might never speak or even sit up. But he performed with Josh Groban this summer at Ravinia. We revisit Jay Shefsky's inspiring profile. Watch video performances.

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White Sox Home Opener

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March 31, 2014 - White Sox Home Opener

The clouds have cleared, the weather is warm, and anything is possible. Does that include a winning season on the south side? Paris Schutz has the details on the White Sox' home opener against the Minnesota Twins. Watch a web extra interview with White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams.

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The Art of Edward Gorey

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March 31, 2014 - The Art of Edward Gorey

Who knew that the king of gothic cartoons came from Chicago? We revisit an in-depth exhibit of Edward Gorey -- who influenced everyone from Maurice Sendak to Tim Burton -- at the Loyola University Museum of Art. Read an Artbeat blog and view a slideshow of artwork.

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Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot”

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March 27, 2014 - Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot”

One of the most famous home runs in baseball history is also one of the most controversial. In the 1932 World Series between the Cubs and the Yankees, Babe Ruth came to bat with the score tied. As Cubs players and fans taunted him, Ruth is said to have pointed to centerfield and then hit a 500-foot home run to that very spot. Did he call his shot? If not, how did the story get going? Chicago sportswriter Ed Sherman has written a new book on the legendary baseball moment. He joins us. Read an interview with Sherman, an excerpt from the book, and watch a Chicago Stories episode about "The Called Shot."

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Sting on "The Last Ship"

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March 27, 2014 - Sting on "The Last Ship"

We revisit a conversation with Sting about his riskiest project to date – writing the upcoming musical The Last Ship, inspired by the shipyard in his hometown of Wallsend, England. Read a blog, watch a web extra video, and view a photo gallery.

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"Chicago’s River At Work And At Play"

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March 24, 2014 - "Chicago’s River At Work And At Play"

The Chicago River has long been thought of as Chicago’s second shoreline, overlooked by Lake Michigan. In Chicago’s River At Work And At Play, author Neal Samors and photographer Steven Dahlman explore the history and future of the Chicago River. Read an interview with Samors, view a slideshow, and read the preface of the book, written by former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Remembering Mickey Rooney

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April 7, 2014 - Remembering Mickey Rooney

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died at age 93. We look back at a clip featuring Rooney from our archives. Watch the full 1989 program about child stars called When We Were Young: Growing up on the Silver Screen.

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Owl Photographer

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April 3, 2014 - Owl Photographer

Jerry Goldner is crazy about owls. Illinois has nine species and Goldner has photographed them all, along with more than 200 other types of birds. Jay Shefsky tagged along with him recently as he photographed what may turn out to be Chicago’s last Snowy Owl sighting of the season. View an interactive graphic about the various owl species in Illinois.

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Ask Geoffrey: 4/2

"L" Cars, Catalpa Avenue, & Melody Mill Ballroom

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April 2, 2014 - Ask Geoffrey: 4/2

Geoffrey Baer tells us what's at the end of the line for old "L" cars and more in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Remembering Frankie Knuckles

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April 1, 2014 - Remembering Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles, Chicago's "godfather" of house music, died at age 59. Brandis Friedman has the story of his impact on Chicago's music culture. Watch a 2004 Artbeat special about Knuckles, and read thoughts and reflections from Chicagoans about the legendary DJ.

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Jeannie Morris

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March 31, 2014 - Jeannie Morris

In 1975, she became the first woman to cover the Super Bowl, and now she’ll be the first woman to receive a Ring Lardner Award. Jeannie Morris stops by to discuss women in sports, and how she was the woman who paved the way. Read what local female sports reporters had to say about Morris's impact on sports journalism.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 3/28 - 3/30

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A nature exhibit, a World's Fair Show and an iconic musical; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Architect Pier Carlo Bontempi

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March 27, 2014 - Architect Pier Carlo Bontempi

Geoffrey Baer's newest program -- A Taste for the Past: Architect Pier Carlo Bontempi -- is a profile of a little-known Italian architect who is this year's winner of the Driehaus Prize, a prestigious, Chicago-based award for architects who design classical and traditional buildings. It debuts on WTTW11 at 8:00 pm Thursday. Geoffrey joins us to tell us about his adventures in Italy. Watch an anecdote from Bontempi's childhood, read an interview with the documentary's producer and co-writer, and see behind-the-scenes photos from Ialy.

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Artist John Singer Sargent

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March 25, 2014 - Artist John Singer Sargent

We preview the surprisingly varied work of American artist John Singer Sargent through The Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. Known as the great American portrait artist, Sargent was a prodigy whose many talents extended beyond his reputation. View a slideshow of Sargent's artwork.

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