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In Porchlight’s ‘Gypsy,’ a Mama Rose of Hurricane Force

E. Faye Butler as Rose in “Gypsy” from Porchlight Music Theatre. (Photo by Michael Courier)

With her force-of-nature personality, powerhouse voice and galvanic emotional range, E. Faye Butler was clearly was born to play Mama Rose.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 18-21

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A Halloween parade, costumed canines, a zombie apocalypse and international films usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Nearly 50 Years Later, Highwood Bocce Club Members Still Having a Ball


You may know it as bocce ball, bocci or bocce. But however you say it (or spell it) this ancient Italian sport is gaining in popularity with U.S. players. We visit north suburban Highwood for a look – and a lesson.

Manufacturing, Optimism Rising Nationwide as Illinois Lags Behind

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A new survey finds Americans are optimistic about manufacturing. But with a looming trade war and uncertainty over a new deal with Canada and Mexico, there’s still some concern for the future.

Field Museum Offers Free Entry in Exchange for Help Digitizing Collections

A taxidermy mount of the foot of a Cooper’s hawk at the Field Museum (Courtesy The Field Museum)

From Thursday through Sunday, volunteers who help transcribe labels from the museum’s massive collection of physical specimens get free admission for the day and a behind-the-scenes tour.

Pritzker Campaign Staffers Allege Racial Discrimination


Ten minority staffers working for J.B. Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign have filed suit in federal court for racial discrimination and harassment, alleging they were subject to less favorable treatment than their white counterparts.

Find Pumpkin Patches in Chicago and the Suburbs

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Sure, you could go to your local grocery store and grab a gourd – but what’s the fun in that? We share a bounty of spots for plucking a pumpkin.

Judy Woodruff on President Trump and the State of Journalism

Judy Woodruff appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 16, 2018.

How has covering the White House changed under President Donald Trump? We talk with Judy Woodruff of the “PBS NewsHour.”

Polio-Like Acute Flaccid Myelitis Strikes Northern Illinois

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A 10th case of a polio-like illness is diagnosed in Illinois. We discuss acute flaccid myelitis – and what parents should be on the lookout for – with Dr. Nirav Shah of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Turbulent Time for Stocks as Investors Eye End of Historic Bull Run

President Donald Trump: “I think the Fed has gone crazy.”

A market that has grown used to cheap money over the past decade is becoming increasingly concerned that the Federal Reserve will aggressively raise benchmark interest rates.

Meet Some Small But Mighty Miniature Therapy Horses


Their effectiveness can’t be judged by their size: We visit the Barrington nonprofit Mane in Heaven to discover the therapeutic mission of these miniature horses.

Ask Geoffrey: Neptune’s Follies Make a Splash at Century of Progress


Geoffrey Baer takes a peek at a 1930s burlesque-style show and remembers the Chicago Daily News sporting events of yesteryear in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Inside Wrightwood 659, a New Home for Art and Architecture

The facade and interior of Wrightwood 659 (Credit: Jeff Goldberg)

A Chicago apartment building from the 1920s has been radically reimagined. It is now an unusual art gallery designed by a world-renowned architect. 

COPA Releases Footage of Off-Duty Officer Shooting Unarmed Teen

A still image from surveillance footage released Tuesday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability shows the shooting of an 18-year-old by an off-duty Chicago police officer in August 2017.

New video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed, developmentally disabled teen as he stood outside a Far South Side home late last summer.

Pritzker, Rauner Release Partial 2017 Tax Returns

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J.B. Pritzker is on track to spend his entire 2017 income on his gubernatorial campaign, while Bruce Rauner has spent roughly half his annual income on the race, tax forms show.

Chicago-Area Gymnastics Coach Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

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More than two decades after first being accused of sexual abuse, a longtime Chicago-area gymnastics coach was arrested Monday on charges of sexually assaulting at least one teenage girl who trained with him in the far southwest suburbs.