Stories by Evan Garcia

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 3

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waving to the crowd as they exit the stage. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

President Barack Obama electrified a packed Wells Fargo Arena with his speech, but things got even more exciting the moment he finished and Hillary Clinton walked on stage to embrace him. 

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 2

Hillary Clinton made history on the second night of the Democratic National Convention while former President Bill Clinton told a rapt audience how he met his wife. Elsewhere in the city, protests raged on.

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 1

Former Democratic presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers the final speech of the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Although plenty of Bernie Sanders supporters made their voices heard, Hillary Clinton's former presidential opponent stressed for unity, declaring Clinton "must become the next president of the United States."

Bernie Sanders Supporters March Through Heat on Eve of DNC

Kimmie Knapp, Penny Neiman and Kristie Sollins travelled from southern Indiana to Philadelphia to support Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A heat wave that struck Philadelphia on Sunday didn’t keep Bernie Sanders supporters from marching the city’s streets on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 2

Eric and Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's children, watch speakers on the second night of the Republican National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Scenes from day two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, both inside the convention center and on the streets outside.

Don King at RNC Despite Being Turned Down to Speak

Don King behind the scenes at the RNC. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Despite reports that he'd been turned down from speaking at the event due to his criminal history, boxing promoter and Cleveland native Don King was in attendance at the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 1

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole seated with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016. (Evan Garcia)

Speakers on Monday included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Melania Trump, who is facing allegations of plagiarism after similarities were noted between her speech and that of first lady Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Delegates on Guard at GOP Convention After Baton Rouge Police Shootings

Cleveland police officers outside of the Quicken Loans Arena. (Evan Garcia)

Breakfast for Illinois delegates at the Republican National Convention on Monday opened with a moment of silence for the police officers killed in shootings in Baton Rouge on Sunday and Dallas earlier this month.

Study: Male Fish Growing Female Eggs in Chicago-Area River

Scientists have found female eggs growing in the testicular tissue of some male largemouth bass taken from the Des Plaines River. (Jonathunder / Wikimedia Commons)

We speak to the co-author of a newly published study in which scientists dissected 51 male largemouth bass and found that 21 – some 41 percent – had grown female eggs in their testicular tissue.

Stargaze at Ravinia with New NASA Film and Live Music

An event combining rousing orchestral music with high-definition NASA footage of the cosmos is coming to Ravinia Festival in Highland Park this week.

Endangered Turtles Reintroduced into Wild with Help from Illinois Zoos

Ornate box turtles are a threatened species in Illinois due to habitat loss, but they've recently been released onto a wild sand prairie. (USFWS)

Thanks to an experimental program started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009, a wild population of threatened turtles has been established in northwestern Illinois. Find out how local institutions helped the agency reach its goal.

Mayor Lauds City’s Gains Over Tree-Trimming Backlog

The mayor announced Thursday the city's Bureau of Forestry would plant 3,000 new trees this year. (Streets and Sanitation Department)

Amid public outcry over police oversight, rising crime and uncertainty surrounding the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had some good news for city residents on Thursday.

Birds Saved from Extinction Living in Chicago Zoos

A Guam kingfisher at Lincoln Park Zoo. This type of bird now only exists in captivity. (Heather Paul / Flickr)

In the mid-1980s, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo set up critical captive breeding populations of two bird species native to the Pacific Islands. A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity underscores the impact of such programs.

How to Keep Pets Calm During Fireworks Displays

Fireworks can be a lot of fun for humans, but frightening for some pets. Learn what you can do to ease your pet's stress when the celebrations start.

More Mobility for Shedd Lizard, Thanks to 3-D Printer

Hiss Majesty, a 16-year-old Caiman lizard at the Shedd Aquarium, was fitted for a new prosthetic limb on Wednesday.

Hiss Majesty, a 16-year-old Caiman lizard at the Shedd Aquarium, was fitted for a new prosthetic limb on Wednesday.

Bobcat Trapping Ban Still on the Table, Says Lawmaker

While bobcats are seldom seen by humans due to the species' elusive nature, wildlife experts say their numbers have increased in Illinois. (Don DeBold / Wikimedia Commons)

An Illinois senator is renewing his call for a proposed ban on bobcat trapping and the sale of the animals' pelts after a reported deal with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources fell through.

Zip Line and Treetop Obstacle Course Opens in Cook County

A new zip line and obstacle course is the first of its kind in the Chicago area. (Go Ape)

Starting Saturday, thrill-seekers and nature lovers will get the chance to swing, soar and climb through a new zip line and obstacle course nestled in the treetops of a Cook County forest preserve.

Endangered Zebra Born at Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed the birth of a female Grevy's zebra on Saturday. (Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo)

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed the birth of a female zebra on Saturday. It's the first zebra birth at the zoo since 2012.

Unanimous Vote Gives Waukesha Access to Lake Michigan Drinking Water

| Paris Schutz

The city of Waukesha on Tuesday was given a green light to divert water from Lake Michigan for its drinking water supply after eight representatives from the states that border the Great Lakes voted unanimously to allow the diversion.

Strawberry Moon Caps off Summer Solstice on Monday

Monday marks a rare celestial event for stargazers: For the first time in decades, the full moon falls on the summer solstice.

Find the Shedd's Frog Hopping Around Chicago This Week

Don’t be alarmed if you spot a large, colorful frog hopping around the city this week.

Urban Explorer Photographs Chicago’s Abandoned Sites and Buildings

Photographer and urban explorer Rick Drew. (Rick Drew)

Rick Drew has been exploring and photographing abandoned sites in and around Chicago for a decade. But the hobby is considered by some as simple trespassing. "Chicago Tonight" asked Drew about his eccentric – and sometimes dangerous – pastime.

Lincoln Park Zoo Announces $125M Campaign, Major Exhibit Plans

The Lincoln Park Zoo unveiled plans Thursday for major renovations to the Kovler Lion House and the construction of a new polar bear exhibit.