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10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 21-24

(Mike Lyons)

A celebration of pride, a massive block party, vintage baseball and scores of strawberries usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Most Breast Cancer Patients Can Forgo Chemotherapy, Study Finds

Meet a Loyola University Chicago oncologist who co-authored a new study on breast cancer and chemotherapy – and a patient already benefiting from its findings.

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.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 14-17

(Anthony Meade)

Celebrations of pride, feats of athleticism, art fairs and global fare usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 7-10

(Ribfest Chicago / Flickr)

Finger-licking festivals, dance music and a bounty of books usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Illinois Ranked No. 2 in Road Safety, Says WalletHub

(Chicago Tonight file photo)

When it comes to road safety, Illinois is one of the top states in the country, according to a report from personal finance website WalletHub. But the state got poor marks in other safety categories.

Study Links Breast Cancer Rates with Neighborhood Factors

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

Many studies on breast cancer have shown racial disparities in diagnosis and survival rates. New research suggests characteristics of a woman’s neighborhood could be contributing to those disparities.

UChicago Trauma Center Treats 274 in First Month

UChicago Medicine began offering level-one adult trauma care on May 1—something it hadn’t offered since 1988. 

Tobacco 21 Bill Heads to Rauner’s Desk

Illinois will become the sixth state in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, if legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Valerie Jarrett: Roseanne Barr’s Tweet Should be a ‘Teaching Moment’

Valerie Jarrett speaks at the Chicago Network Women's annual Women in the Forefront lunch in 2017. (Courtesy of The Chicago Network)

In response to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama said, “We need to turn it into a teaching moment.”

10 Things to Do This Weekend: May 31-June 3

(Courtesy of St. George Greek Orthodox Church)

Global fare, gospel choirs, craft beer and outdoor art fairs usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

FDA Approves Non-Opioid Drug for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

(The Javorac / Flickr)

Opioid withdrawal symptoms have typically been treated with another narcotic, but a newly approved drug offers what a local doctor calls a “clean break” for patients.

Free Summer Workouts in Millennium Park Return June 2-Sept. 1

(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Get fit this summer with free outdoor yoga, Pilates, cardio, strength and Zumba classes on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park.

130-Million-Year-Old Fossil Provides New Insight on Pangea Division

Life restoration of the new mammaliaform species Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch.  The animal is estimated to have weighed 2.5 pounds and probably grew to be about the size of a small hare. (Jorge A. Gonzalez illustration)

The discovery of a fossilized skull in Utah suggests the divide of the ancient supercontinent, Pangea, occurred 15 million years later than previously believed, according to a new study. 

130 Artists Unite to Complete Chicagoan’s Graphic Novel

(Courtesy of F*cking Forty)

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. 

Chicago Population Drops for 3rd Straight Year

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.

12 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24-28

(Special Events Management)

Summer festivals, cycling on Lake Shore Drive, global fare and Chicago Dogs baseball usher in the weekend. Here are a dozen things to do in and around Chicago this long holiday weekend.

Memorial Day Recipes from the Chefs of ‘Dishalicious’

(Courtesy of Dave Park)

Memorial Day is synonymous with grilling. In anticipation of the long weekend of cooking out with friends and family, Chicago Tonight asked local chefs for their favorite Memorial Day recipes. Dig in!

Millennium Park Film Series Returns Tuesdays, June 5-Aug. 21

(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Highlights of this year’s free outdoor movie series include Oscar nominees “Get Out” and “Coco,” plus the iconic 2000 music movie “High Fidelity.” Check out the full 2018 schedule.

30 Chicago Statues to Keep Talking Through 2020

(Johnny Knight / Statue Stories Chicago)

The public art exhibit Statue Stories Chicago was slated to end this August. But Abe Lincoln, Leif Erikson and Cloud Gate won’t fall silent anytime soon.

Wearable Device Seeks to Objectively Measure Parkinson’s Symptoms

The PKG provides clinicians with objective measurements of Parkinson’s symptoms. (Courtesy of Global Kinetics Corporation)

Treating the progressive degenerative disease can be difficult. Researchers are hoping a wearable device can provide clinicians with more objective data to inform their treatment decisions.

State Bill on Dense Breast Notifications Advances

 (Army Medicine / Flickr)

A bill that would require mammogram providers to notify women whose test results show they have dense breast tissue, a risk factor for breast cancer, unanimously passed the Illinois House and Senate. 

Polish President to Visit Chicago on Friday

Polish President Andrzej Duda

Polish President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to have meetings with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his two-day visit to Illinois.

Study: Researchers Devise Approach to Stop Cancer from Spreading

A newly identified compound that acts like a “dirty time bomb” against metastasizing cells “could potentially result in a better outcome” for some patients, said Dr. Sui Huang of Northwestern University.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: May 17-20

(Courtesy Special Events Management)

Wine, chocolate-covered treats, food trucks, nerdy comedians and cultural performances usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.