Stories by Eddie Arruza

Early Voting Strong in Chicago, Suburban Cook County

Early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County entered its final day on Monday with more than 285,000 votes already cast in the city and nearly 400,000 additional ballots cast or mailed in from 30 surrounding townships.

Preservation Group Launches Ambitious Plan to Save House of Tomorrow

It was once the vision of the future. Now a major campaign is underway to save the House of Tomorrow from becoming a memory of yesteryear.

Alderman’s Plan to Extend 606 Trail Faces Numerous Challenges

Chicago’s 606 trail is only a little over a year old and already there is an ambitious proposal to extend it. 

Lyric Opera’s Season Off to a Full-Throated Start

Okka von der Damerau in "Das Rheingold." (Courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Lyric Opera’s principal conductor and one of the stars currently on stage join us in conversation and song.

Chicago Latino Music Festival Showcases Latin American, Spanish Music

The 11th annual festival is underway. Get a preview of this year's artists and hear a performance by guitarist Iliana Matos.

Library’s Artifacts Offer Behind-the-Scenes Look at Alexander Hamilton

The runaway hit musical "Hamilton" premieres Tuesday in Chicago, but the Founding Father has been well represented here for a long time. We show you some original artifacts pertaining to Alexander Hamilton.

Conservation Group Launches Project to Restore North Side Sanctuary

It's one of the most beautiful locations in one of the busiest areas of Chicago, but Lincoln Park's North Pond is not in good health. We revisit a proposal for a major makeover.

Superstar Designer of Lurie Garden Revisits his Masterpiece

Renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf pays a visit to his Chicago masterpiece and talks about its evolution over the last 12 years.

Port of Chicago Privatization Plan Draws Critics

The Port of Chicago is looking to privatize its operations. But while the site needs a massive infusion of cash and upgrades, is privatization risking another city asset?

Grad Students Get Green Light to Unionize at Private Universities

| Alexandra Silets
On its website, Graduate Students United says it’s been “working since 2007 to improve the lives of graduate students and gain recognition for the work we do.” (Graduate Students United / Facebook)

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board gave graduate students at private universities the go-ahead to form collective bargaining units. What local students and schools impacted by the ruling have to say.

Kenny Loggins on Being a ‘Moving Target’ Throughout His Career

The Grammy award-winning rock icon joins Eddie Arruza to reflect on his 40-year career in music. 

No Leniency for Rod Blagojevich, Judge Rules at Resentencing Hearing

Patti Blagojevich speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Rod Blagojevich must serve his full prison sentence. A stunning ruling at the ex-governor's resentencing Tuesday. Find out what Blagojevich said in his own defense.

Conservation Group Launches Project to Restore North Side Sanctuary

It's one of the most beautiful locations in one of the busiest areas of Chicago, but Lincoln Park's North Pond is not in good health. Learn about a proposal for a major makeover.

The Rise of Jon Secada: From Refugee to Top of the Charts

Jon Secada performs on "Chicago Tonight."

The singer-songwriter and two-time Grammy award-winner joins us in performance and conversation.

New Bronzeville Community Center Offers Much-Needed Gathering Place

The new Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park. (Eddie Arruza / Chicago Tonight)

After years of waiting, Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood gets a spectacular and much needed arts and recreation center.

Vintage CTA Trains, Buses Offer Peek at 1920s Transit

Get ready for a trip back in time: The CTA is rolling out some of its vintage trains and buses and you can soon get a sense of what Chicago transit passengers experienced nearly 100 years ago.

What’s in Store for Chicago from NY-Based Architects of Obama Library

Architects Billie Tsien, left, and Tod Williams.

After an extensive and highly competitive search, The Obama Foundation chose a New York-based architectural firm to design the Obama Presidential Center. Blair Kamin gives us some insights into the work of the architects and what Chicago might expect to see from them.

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter After 5-Year Voyage

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entering Jupiter's orbit. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Juno is set to uncover what Jupiter has been hiding. After a five-year, 1.75 billion mile voyage, NASA's spacecraft named after a Roman goddess successfully entered into orbit around the largest planet in our solar system Monday night. 

Reevaluating Chicago’s Industrial Corridors

All eyes are on the North Branch industrial corridor, once home to Finkl Steel, which could become the springboard of Chicago's manufacturing future.

Chicago Police Union Reacts to IPRA Release of Videos, Audio

| Meredith Francis

Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority has begun posting audio and video from police misconduct investigations. We hear what the head of the police union has to say about it.

Alzheimer’s Researchers Cautiously Optimistic in Fight Against Dementia

High hopes in the search to reverse or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. We'll tell you about two important medical studies being conducted in Chicago.

Delmark Records an Encore for Local Jazz, Blues Enthusiast Bob Koester

The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement. 

Astronomer Mike Brown on Discovery of 9th Planet, Killing Pluto

He's best known for having killed Pluto, but astronomer Mike Brown may have found a replacement planet in the outer reaches of our solar system and it forms the basis of a new Adler Planetarium show.

For Englewood Residents, Whole Foods Offers Optimism, Revitalization

A Whole Foods is under construction in Englewood at the corner of Halsted and 63rd Streets.

It's still months away from opening, but a new Whole Foods store in the beleaguered Englewood community has given residents and local entrepreneurs a lot to look forward to.

Photographer Art Fox Shares ‘Broken Journey’ of Migratory Birds

Canada warbler. (Art Fox)

The long voyage of some migratory birds ends in Chicago. How photographer Art Fox is raising awareness of what's called "window kill" at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.