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Friends Remember Elizabeth Brackett’s Energy, Adventurous Outlook

(Courtesy Sharone Aharon)

She was an award-winning journalist and an internationally recognized triathlete. A wife, mother, sister, friend and inspiration. Four people who knew Elizabeth Brackett well share their memories with us.

Revisiting Elizabeth Brackett’s Award-Winning Profile of Barack Obama


When state Sen. Barack Obama decided to run for U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Brackett produced one of the first television documentaries about his life story.

2 Newborn Leopard Cubs ‘Doing Well’ at Brookfield Zoo

(Cathy Bazzoni / Chicago Zoological Society)

Brookfield Zoo welcomed two newborn Amur leopards in April. The male cubs are scheduled to make their public debut in mid-July. 

Northwestern Trustees Revoke Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

(Rdsmith4 / Wikimedia Commons)

The university’s board unanimously approved a resolution Monday removing the comedian’s honorary degree – the first time it has taken such action in its 167-year history.

CPS Partnering With Children’s Advocacy Center to Better Protect Students

“This really is an opportunity to improve the culture within our district,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Monday, June 18, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced Monday the school district will launch an “extensive” partnership with a local nonprofit to help build safer and more responsive school environments for children.

Family Announces Funeral Services for Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackett

Funeral services for the Emmy Award-winning journalist and world-champion triathlete will be held Wednesday in Kenilworth, Illinois.

2018 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

(Courtesy of Wicker Park Fest)

Up next: Pride Parade, World’s Largest Block Party, Ruidofest, Mamby on the Beach, Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest, Ravenswood on Tap, Logan Square Arts Festival and more.

Elizabeth Brackett, Award-Winning Journalist and Triathlete, Dies at 76


Elizabeth Brackett, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and internationally decorated triathlete who for two decades served as a “Chicago Tonight” host and correspondent for WTTW, died Sunday evening at Stroger Hospital, surrounded by family.

CSO and Yo-Yo Ma Explore the Foreboding Sounds of 20th Century Russian Masters

Yo-Yo Ma is soloist with Music Director Riccardo Muti and the CSO in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

The often stormy and repressive nature of life in the Soviet Union clearly infused the music of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich.

CPS Takes ‘Unprecedented Step’ of Redoing Employee Background Checks


Tens of thousands of adult employees who interact with students must undergo background rechecks this summer as Chicago Public Schools works to improve safety and restore community trust after a sexual abuse scandal.

The Week in Review: Musk Promises 12-Minute O’Hare Express


Elon Musk’s Boring Company wins a bid to build high-speed transportation from downtown Chicago to O’Hare. How technologically and economically feasible is the plan? That story and more with Paris Schutz and guests Steve Daniels, Derrick Blakley, Becky Vevea and Rick Telander.

Family Hopes to Learn Identity of Good Samaritans Who Helped Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackett

Veteran “Chicago Tonight” correspondent Elizabeth Brackett remains in critical but stable condition at Stroger Hospital following an incident Wednesday morning while riding her bicycle.

Chicago is Dancing Up a Storm

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in “Decadance/Chicago” by Ohad Naharin. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Recent performances by a number of major Chicago dance companies suggest that in a city renowned for its theater scene, an impressive component of drama also can be found in the work of its dancers.

New Arts Club Show Explores Chicago as ‘A Home for Surrealism’

Harold Noecker. “The Genius?” c. 1943. (Collection of Bernard Friedman, Chicago)

An unusual new art show looks at fantastic and strange paintings made by Chicago and Midwestern artists in the mid-20th century. We visit the Arts Club of Chicago.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company on Track to Build O’Hare Express Train

Each pod would hold 8-16 people. (Credit: The Boring Company)

The concept sounds like it was lifted straight out of science fiction, but billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk says he is going to make it happen.

No Arrest in 74 Percent of Chicago Homicides, Analysis Finds


Chicago has one of the worst homicide arrest rates in the nation, according to a Washington Post analysis. What the effect of that low rate is – and how it can be improved.