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This is Chicago’s first year cracking the top 10 of the ParkScore Index, an annual ranking of park systems in the nation’s 100 biggest cities.

Of the five most populous cities in the country, only the Windy City saw a population drop in 2017, according to U.S. census data. But the city still has an edge over Houston.

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Could the Midwest soon be connected to a futuristic transit option? We visit one company’s hyperloop test site in the Nevada desert.

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The state is one step closer to legalizing the production of industrial hemp after a 106-3 vote in the Illinois House this week. 

Strong words from the president about kneeling in the NFL as a new policy is unveiled. We get local reaction to the rules.

In 1908, boxer Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title – at a time when whites and blacks rarely entered the same ring.

Lessons learned from a joke that goes viral – and the backlash that follows. We speak with Northwestern University professor Viorica Marian.

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Chicago comic artist Ed Siemienkowicz died before he could complete his 246-page graphic novel. More than 130 artists donated their time and skills to bring his story to life. 

Phil Andrew and Chicago-area students discuss gun violence Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (Courtesy Phil Andrew)

A shooting last week at Santa Fe High School in Texas is the latest in a string of school shootings this year. The Archdiocese of Chicago and local students are now teaming up to address the problem.

Watch the May 24, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Chicago teens and young adults now have until Monday to submit applications for any one of 32,000 summer employment opportunities.

Chicago’s beaches – more than two dozen of ‘em – opened for the season Friday. Here are 10 things you may not know about the city’s sandy side.

As Illinois heads into the home stretch of its legislative session, lawmakers intimately involved in budget negotiations have an eye on reaching a bipartisan deal by next Thursday’s deadline. 

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