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Stories by Eddie Arruza

Journalists Express Admiration for Elizabeth Brackett

We celebrate the career of Elizabeth Brackett with journalists who worked alongside her at WTTW: retired “Chicago Tonight” correspondent Rich Samuels, along with Carol Marin, Phil Ponce and Paris Schutz.

Broadway Actor Len Cariou Reminisces About Sondheim, ‘Sweeney Todd’

The legendary Broadway actor brings his one-man show “Broadway and the Bard” to Chicago. Len Cariou joins us in discussion.

Karen Lewis Undergoes Brain Surgery, Source Says

Karen Lewis appears on Chicago Tonight on Sept. 5, 2017.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis reportedly told friends “the cancer is back” before undergoing surgery Wednesday.

‘Race’ Exhibition Challenges Visitors to Rethink the Concept

Chicago History Museum curator Joy Bivins

What does race mean to you? An exhibit at the Chicago History Museum asks visitors to consider how much we focus on race every day, whether we realize it or not.

Shedd Aquarium’s New Exhibit is All About Beauty

The saddled puffer is one of 100 species that can be seen in “Underwater Beauty.” (Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)

If, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder is given a lot to admire at the Shedd Aquarium’s newest exhibit, “Underwater Beauty.” We get a preview.

‘Chasing New Horizons’ the Untold Drama Behind Pluto Mission

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015.

Meet the authors of a new tell-all book that reveals the incredible story behind the little spacecraft that was the first to explore Pluto.

Women-Only Coworking Spaces Get Red-Carpet Welcome in Chicago

An organization in New York City that doesn’t allow men is under investigation for discrimination. But in Chicago, women-only coworking spaces are on the rise.

Harvard Scientist: Climate Change May Be Worse Than We Think

Daniel Schrag (Credit: Stu Rosner / Harvard Magazine)

“While climate change may not yet have had its huge impact on biodiversity, just wait,” says Harvard professor Daniel Schrag. “What’s coming is really extraordinary.”

Conservative Author David Frum on the US as a ‘Trumpocracy’

Prominent conservative author and commentator David Frum talks about his new best-selling book “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of The American Republic.”

Newly Rediscovered Historic House in Wilmette Faces Uncertain Future

An historic house from the 1933 Century of Progress is among the buildings on Landmarks Illinois 2018 most endangered list. We revisit our tour of the long-forgotten house.

Adler Planetarium Opens Vault, Reveals Astronomical Treasures

From Chicago’s first major telescope, to the most sophisticated scientific instrument of the 12th century, a look at some seen and unseen treasures at the Adler Planetarium.

Apollo 8 Astronauts Recount Historic Mission at ‘Rocket Men’ Book Launch

Commander Colonel Frank Borman leads the way as he, Command Module Pilot Captain James A Lovell Jr., and Lunar Module Pilot Major William A. Anders head to the launch pad for humanity’s maiden voyage around the moon and its first aboard the Saturn V vehicle, developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Image credit: NASA)

The Apollo 8 astronauts reunite in Chicago as a new book by local author Robert Kurson celebrates the historic first human flight to the moon.

Election Officials: Early Voting Sets Record, Andrea Raila on Ballot

A record-setting early voting period did not extend through primary election day. A look at voter turnout in Chicago and the suburbs.

Early Voting Surges in Chicago and Suburban Cook County

“It used to be there was one day when you’d vote, and nowadays we’ve been voting for a long time,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The Chicago Board of Elections says nearly 86,000 city residents cast ballots between Feb. 21 and March 18, surpassing the number of early voters in the 2010 and 2014 midterm primary elections combined. 

Kate Baldwin Celebrates Leonard Bernstein at Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special concert this weekend featuring among others, the Broadway star, Tony Award nominee and Evanston native who joins us.

Assessor’s Office Officials in Hot Seat Over ‘Regressive’ System

Thomas Jaconetty speaks Thursday at a hearing.

After a highly critical independent report finds Cook County property taxes punish the poor, officials from the assessor’s office are put in the hot seat.

Flipping Out in Chicago on National Pancake Day

(Michael Stern / Flickr)

Chicago eateries are ready to sate your sweet tooth on National Pancake Day – and any other day of the year. Learn how some of the city’s artisan cakes are made, and get recipes for your own DIY batch.

Newly Rediscovered Historic House in Wilmette Faces Uncertain Future

On a street where homes sell for well over $1 million, one house has been hiding in plain sight for decades. It has been a welcome surprise to preservationists, but not to the developer who now owns it.

Rare Triple Lunar Treat Includes Eclipse, Blood Moon

“Chicago Tonight” viewer J. Scott Sykora shared this photo of a harvest supermoon eclipse on Sept. 27, 2015.

If the skies over Chicago cooperate over the next 12 hours, the moon will offer a very rare triple feature. 

Courtroom Artist Tom Gianni Has His Day in a Gallery Exhibition

Away from the courtroom, local artist Tom Gianni employs his talents in far different and impressive ways. We explore his solo show, “Art that Works for a Living.”

Local Soprano Janai Brugger Makes Lyric Opera Debut

Janai Brugger

She is taking the opera world by storm, and she’s here to show us why. Janai Brugger of Darien joins us in conversation and performance.

Bannon Slams Trump: Republicans React to Claims of West Wing Chaos

An explosive new book pits President Donald Trump against former adviser Steve Bannon. Local Republicans assess the turmoil in Washington.

In Maria’s Wake, Young Puerto Rican Family Now Calls Chicago Home

It’s been three months since Hurricane Maria dealt a devastating blow to Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territory is still struggling.  How one young mother and her sons are restarting their lives in Chicago.

Tenor Stefano La Colla Makes American Debut in Lyric’s ‘Turandot’

Stefano La Colla in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

The up-and-coming Italian tenor is already being compared to the legendary Luciano Pavarotti. Stefano La Colla joins us in conversation and performance.

The Nuclear Age at 75: Remembering Chicago’s Role

Eric Isaacs, EVP for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at UChicago

The nuclear age was triggered in Chicago 75 years ago this week. We remember that fateful day, the man behind it and the lingering implications.