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Black Sailors in Chicago Chart a New Course

Producer Jay Shefsky and cameraman Felix Mendez pose with the crew of Mise en Place at Jackson Park Harbor.

Sailing is a mostly white, male sport. On the eve of the Race to Mackinac, we visit one crew that bucks both of those trends. 

Trump to Test Emergency Alert System That Contacts Every Cell Phone

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An effort by FEMA to better warn U.S. residents of major emergencies and threats raises concerns about privacy and how the system could potentially be abused.

Argonne National Laboratory Assists Hurricane Florence Response


The important role computer models play in predicting the impact of hurricanes. We speak with David Brannegan of Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.

Windy City Times’ Tracy Baim Named New Publisher of Chicago Reader


The struggling alt-weekly brings in a longtime Chicago journalist as publisher. Can she keep it afloat?

Physician: ‘We Can All Do Something’ to Address Gun Violence

Northwestern University medical students and professors pose for a picture Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 following a panel discussion about gun violence. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

All health care providers can play a role in addressing the epidemic, says Dr. Dan Evans. “I’m an average primary care doctor. I’m here to say it doesn’t matter what you are or what you’re going to do, we can all do something.”

Could Another Daley Become Mayor of Chicago?

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff Bill Daley appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2018.

It’s official: Bill Daley is running for Chicago mayor. The former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff made his candidacy official at 12:01 a.m. Monday. He joins us in discussion.

2018 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

(Courtesy of Wicker Park Fest)

Up next: 312 Block Party, World Dumpling Fest, Apple Fest, Windy City Blues Fest, World Music Fest, Harvest Pow Wow and more.

Shedd Aquarium Welcomes 24 Endangered Blanding’s Turtle Hatchlings

(Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium)

As part of a new partnership aimed at preserving the endangered Great Lakes species, the turtles will remain at Shedd until they are big enough to be released back into the wild at a protected site in DuPage County.

Van Dyke Opts for Jury Trial as Venue Decision Looms

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to court arguments during a hearing Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A 12-person jury will decide Jason Van Dyke’s fate. That decision comes only days before opening arguments are expected to begin in the high-profile murder trial.

The Week in Review: The Rapidly Changing Mayoral Race


More candidates mull a run for Chicago mayor while others remove themselves from the race. An agreement on a federal consent decree is reached. And Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke opts to have a jury trial. 

Illinois National Guard Deployed to Assist Hurricane Florence Response

Sgt. Andres Salazar inspects an internal hoist on the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at the Kankakee Army Aviation Support Facility on Sept. 12, 2018. (Sgt. Stephen Gifford / Illinois National Guard)

Ten soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard have been deployed to North Carolina to support relief efforts during and after Hurricane Florence. 

‘Strange Worlds’ First Solo Show for Late Chicago Artist Todros Geller

(Courtesy Spertus Institute)

Industry in Chicago and old world traditions in a rare show by a 20th century Chicago artist at Spertus Institute. We go for a look.

Third Coast Festival, a ‘Sundance of Radio,’ Returns for 17th Year


Podcasters and radio producers descend on Chicago for the annual Third Coast International Audio Festival. We get a preview with founder and executive director Johanna Zorn.

Recent Police Suicides Prompt Advocates’ Call for Increased Resources

The Chicago Police Department’s Calumet District station on the city’s Far South Side. (Chicago Tonight)

A look at mental health resources available to Chicago police officers following the department’s third suicide in the last two months.

New Home and Vision for Chicago Architecture Foundation


After more than 25 years on Michigan Avenue, the cultural organization has moved into a spectacular new space on East Wacker Drive, expanding its mission and its footprint on the city.

Aretha Franklin’s Chicago-Based Music Director Remembers the Queen of Soul

Fred Nelson III, right, served as Aretha Franklin’s music director and conductor from 2011 until her death on Aug. 16, 2018. (Courtesy Fred Nelson III)
Meet Fred Nelson III, the Chicago man who performed with Aretha Franklin more than 200 times in the last years of her life.