A truly inventive opera uses live actors, robots, and futuristic set design. It's called "Death and the Powers" and we'll talk to the composer -- a cellist and inventor whose technologies helped create Guitar Hero.
Will fiery pastor Father Michael Pfleger stay at St. Sabina, or move elsewhere as the Archdiocese has indicated? We get the latest on this and other religion stories. With his future at St. Sabina up in the air, Chicago Tonight takes a look back at Father Michael Pfleger's controversial tenure at the storied parish.
New York Times conservative Op-ed Columnist David Brooks has written on just about everything -- politics, war, class and beyond. We talk to him about his new book, where he reveals the power of our unconscious and its role in our development.
Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune in New York City, recently published her critically acclaimed memoir: Blood, Bones & Butter. We talk to the author, a self-described "reluctant chef."
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, aldermanic runoff candidates make their final push for City Council, while Rahm Emanuel asks if the number of aldermen should be cut in half. Gas prices soar, with experts wondering if $5 a gallon is just around the corner. The University of Illinois approves another tuition hike. Groupon's president surprises the business community and calls it quits. And in sports, Derrick Rose makes his case for MVP while the Chicago Bulls continue to surge.
Acclaimed architect Robert A.M. Stern helped resurrect New York's fabled 42nd Street. But that's not why he is being honored in Chicago this weekend. He's here to accept the Richard H. Driehaus prize for his classical style architecture. Geoffrey Baer gives us a sneak preview of a new WTTW documentary about Stern, debuting tonight.
We visit a Chicago school where visually impaired students are encouraged to throw their teachers to the floor. Jay Shefsky has the story.
Do you know what "Circus Peanuts" are? Apparently Alpana Singh and Phil Ponce didn't the last time Alpana was here. We attempt to correct a past misunderstanding in tonight's edition of Ask Alpana.
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Nearly every Friday morning for four and a half years, two Chicago nuns have led a vigil at the place where undocumented immigrants are processed before being deported. Jay Shefsky brings us their story.
This sport is all about moving from point A to point B over any obstacle. We'll show you how a group of Chicagoans are training in the harrowing discipline of Parkour.
We take another look at the amazing story of Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny who took more than 100,000 photos during her lifetime -- but never showed them to anyone. Now that she's gone and her photos have been discovered, some say she may rank among the top street photographers of the 20th century. Jay Shefsky has the story.
"Black Watch," an explosive drama about a historic military unit, is one of three new shows on local stages reviewed by Chicago Sun-Times theater critic, Hedy Weiss.
We hear what you had to say about recent stories when we read some of our viewer mail.
What happens when you mix puppets and opera? We go behind the scenes at one of the most technically sophisticated puppet shows in the country. Jay Shefsky has the story.
Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz -- best known for his musical "Wicked" -- revitalizes Studs Terkel's "Working" in a newly adapted musical exploration here in Chicago.
The origins of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade are explored in a new book. We speak with author Emily Lambert about the history of the Futures market.