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In April, Chicago Tonight got a behind-the-scenes look at a school of comic book and sequential art that started in Italy in 1979. When Italy's International School of Comics opened its first North American location, they chose a quiet block of Hubbard Street on the near West Side.  We revisit that story.

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Credit: David Sampson

Chicago-based rock critic Jessica Hopper has earned a reputation as a sharp observer and a fearless firebrand of the form. She joins us to discuss her newest book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden's Eliza Fournier joins Chicago Tonight with tips and demonstrations on how to make the most of your garden in July.

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In the wake of the Grateful Dead's final shows, we reflect on the weekend with a music industry professional and a dedicated Deadhead.

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Ballerina Misty Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday. In October, Copeland visited Chicago Tonight to talk about her recently published memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. We revisit her conversation with Brandis Friedman.

Art Institute Links Work of American Artist James McNeil Whistler and His European Contemporaries

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James McNeil Whistler and Theodore Roussel had linked artistic visions. Their decade of professional collaboration gets a fresh perspective in this look at the creative output of the American mentor and his European student.

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The Field Museum of Natural History unveils its newest permanent exhibition, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China.

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The 90 year-old-artist, Art Paul, is perhaps best known as the original art director at Playboy and a champion of young artists. Now his own work is in the spotlight for a new show at a Ukrainian Village gallery.

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Multi-Grammy Award winner, singer Dianne Reeves, visits Chicago Tonight to perform and discuss the scholarship Gala that brings her to town.

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A 1970s project to bring public art to Chicago is investigated in this look at enamel painting in Chicago, its influence and legacy.

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We revisit our story about the Swedish National Museum’s Vikings -- an exhibition that challenges stereotypes of the Norsemen who lived, traded, and raided a millennium ago --at The Field Museum. Take our quiz to test your Vikings knowledge!

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We revisit our story about the Driehaus Museum’s show, Maker & Muse, which takes an extensive look at art jewelry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Lakland Guitars has made an impact in their 20 years in Chicago. Their instruments are played by U2 and the Rolling Stones. Chicago Tonight goes behind-the-scenes to find out what it takes to make an electric bass that can bring a bottom-heavy sound to a band's rhythm section.

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Doris Salcedo, A Flor de Piel, 2011–12, Rose petals and thread; photo: Photo: Hugo Glendinning

An artist revered in her home country of Colombia has made a strong impression on the international art world. We revisit our story about the MCA Chicago exhibition of Doris Salcedo's first-ever retrospective. 

Treasures of Contemporary Art Gifted to Art Institute

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The Art Institute of Chicago last week announced a historic gift -- 42 works of pop and contemporary art have been given to the museum. We'll speak with museum President Douglas Druick about this unprecedented windfall of art.