Stories by Eddie Arruza

Studio Gang-Designed Writers Theatre Set to Open

Glencoe's Writers Theatre (Steve Hall (c) Hedrich Blessing)

The curtain is about to go up on a highly anticipated new theater on the North Shore designed by renowned architect Jeanne Gang. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the space.

O'Hare Noise Complaint Advocates Meet with Mayor

City and suburban residents have demanded that the Chicago Department of Aviation take steps to address the problem of O'Hare noise and today Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with members of one community group. Eddie Arruza has more on that meeting.

Interim Superintendent Escalante Addresses Chicago’s Recent Spike in Violence

Less than two weeks into the new year, Chicago has already had a dramatic spike in violence. This morning, Chicago's interim police superintendent said he is frustrated at the city's ongoing violent crime, calling it a daunting issue for his beleaguered police force. Eddie Arruza has the story.

Western-Belmont Flyover to be Demolished

Improvements to Start in February, Wrap Up Summer 2017

After several years of delays, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) says it will demolish the viaduct at the intersection of Western, Belmont and Clybourn avenues and create a new street-grade roadway. But will the new plan to replace it improve traffic conditions? Eddie Arruza has the story.

Arne Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in Final Speech as Education Secretary

Arne Duncan

The former head of the Chicago Public Schools gives an emotional final speech in Chicago as U.S. Secretary of Education. The subject of his talk and where he gave it may hint at his future.

South Side Nightlife Shines in Book of Photographs, Poetry

'Gotta Go Gotta Flow' Highlights 1970s Club Scene

There was once a club scene in Chicago that was something of a rarefied world. A photographer who was not part of the scene ventured into one of the clubs and captured a fantastic nightlife that is now long gone and preserved almost exclusively in his work. A new book pairs those photos with poems from an acclaimed poet. Eddie Arruza has the rap.

Loop Link Express Bus Service Makes its Debut this Weekend

Loop Link rendering (Courtesy Chicago Department of Transportation)

One of the most significant transit initiatives to launch in Chicago begins service this weekend. We take a preview spin around the city's first bus rapid transit line, called Loop Link.

Medical Marijuana Hits the Shelves at Chicago’s First Dispensary

| Sean Keenehan

State-approved medical marijuana has arrived in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. We get a look inside the first—and so far the only—dispensary to open in the city. 

'Bel Canto': Behind the Scenes of Lyric Opera's World Premiere

A world premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago is based on a true story with terrifying echos of today's troubled world. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Bel Canto."

How Illinois’ Budget Stalemate is Impacting Public Universities

Public universities in Illinois have received no state funding since the budget standoff began in July. We hear from four university presidents on the impact the budget crisis is having on their campuses.

Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book

On this Veterans Day we hear from two men who served their country and are now featured in a new book of remembrances by Chicago-area veterans. The book, “I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War,” features the memories of 50 veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Community Unites to Combat Violence on Chicago's West Side

The violence in Chicago continues to spark rage and national headlines. Last week it was the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, then 20-year-old Kaylyn Pryor, an aspiring model, was gunned down. This weekend 14-year-old J-Quantae Riles was killed. Eddie Arruza reports on steps being taken on the city’s West Side to combat the violence.

In Chicago, President Obama Talks Criminal Justice and Racial Profiling

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks guns, crime and policing in Chicago at a gathering of police chiefs from around the country. But he acknowledges the growing the violence in his hometown and being a victim of racial profiling. 

Chicago-Area Native Wins Bronze Medal at Prestigious Chopin Piano Competition

Kate Liu at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, 2015.

Winnetka native Kate Liu, 21, has become the bronze medalist and recipient of a nearly $23,000 cash prize at the 17th Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

Illinois' Public Universities Pressure Lawmakers to End Budget Stalemate

(Vince Smith / Flickr)

Lawmakers get a visit from protesters demanding an end to budget cuts. We discuss how the standoff is affecting higher education with Governors State University President Elaine Maimon.

Opera is 'Second Nature' for This 25-Year-Old Composer

Matthew Aucoin (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

He's a composer, conductor, poet and instrumentalist. And he's already being compared to Mozart. We revisit the 25 year old whose children's opera–written for Chicago–is getting another hearing. 

State Comptroller Munger: 'Illinois Is Out of Money Now'

A dire report from Illinois' comptroller today: The state budget stalemate has reached an alarming point in the state's ability to make a significant pension payment and pay bills. 

Gov. Rauner Puts Thompson Center Up for Sale

The Thompson Center is for sale. Gov. Rauner says the iconic building has become a costly and inefficient albatross for Illinois. Just how much can the state get for it, and what does the renowned architect who designed it have to say about its future?

Special Ops Photographers Offer Unfiltered Look at 'Faces of War'

Recon by Fire, 1967. A member of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Brigade in Quảng Ngãi Province uses his M16 rifle to conduct reconnaissance by fire. Photo by Specialist 5 Robert C. Lafoon, U.S. Army.

A new exhibition in Chicago showcases a collection of rare images and films from Vietnam, and the cameramen–many of whom were enlisted soldiers– who captured them. Three such veterans join us to discuss their experiences documenting that war.

Mission Impossible? 'The Martian' Aims for Realism in Outer Space

Ridley Scott's film 'The Martian'

The new Matt Damon movie "The Martian" rocketed to the top of the box-office this past weekend, but how accurate is its rocket science? Our panelists give us their review of the physics and psychology of the cinematic trip to Mars.

NASA Says Liquid Water on Mars Could be Evidence of Life Beyond Earth

| Sean Keenehan

Last week NASA said it would be making a major announcement today about a discovery on Mars. While some space fans might have been hoping it was about finding life, the announcement was about something almost as significant. Adler Planetarium astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz joins us to discuss the latest on the Red Planet.

Mayor Emanuel Defends 'Last Resort' Budget Proposal

Emanuel: ‘I’m here to fix these challenges’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins us for his first extended interview since proposing his so-called "last resort" budget.

Chicago Aldermen React to Mayor's Budget Proposal

Mayor Emanuel unveils his much anticipated doomsday budget proposal. How much pushback will it get from residents and aldermen? We ask four of them.