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Irving Berlin’s ‘Holiday Inn’ Becomes Newly Minted Gem on Marriott Stage

Will Burton and Kimberly Immanuel in “Holiday Inn” at the Marriott Theatre. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

The recent Broadway musical based on the hit 1942 film is an old-fashioned charmer on every level, with just enough of a sardonic bite to make it feel fresh, and just enough nostalgia to pierce your heart.

Lincoln Park Zoo Opens New $9.3 Million Visitor Center

Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Searle Visitor Center (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

A movie theater-sized screen highlighting daily programs, plus gardens and a member center will provide additional comforts and services to visitors, the zoo says.

Teen Charged After Fireworks Incident Inside Morgan Park High School


An Instagram video that captured the incident Tuesday morning shows students yelling and running through smoke-filled hallways after the fireworks were set off. A 16-year-old now faces a felony charge.

What Social Media Posts Can Tell Us about Gang Violence

(Courtesy Desmond Upton Patton)

Gang violence in Chicago has been researched, debated and battled for years. What role might artificial intelligence play in preventing violence?

Illinois Rolls Out New Savings Program for Workers Without Retirement Plans


We learn about a new state-sponsored savings program aimed at more than one million Illinois workers not already covered by a retirement plan.

Chicago Park District Fails to Background Check Many Volunteers, Investigation Finds

Maggie Daley Park is one of 597 parks operated by the Chicago Park District. (joestoltz / Pixabay)

Investigators described the Park District’s procedures for vetting volunteers as “outdated” and “under-resourced,” with a single employee responsible for managing the entire volunteer program.

Turnover and Turmoil at USA Gymnastics

In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Kerry Perry, president of USA Gymnastics, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)

Scandals plague USA Gymnastics in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse catastrophe. USA Today columnist Nancy Armour has the latest.

A New Approach to Addressing Hunger in Higher Education

City Colleges student Shabaka Verna

Food pantries are popping up in a surprising, new location: colleges and universities. How City Colleges of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository are providing for local students.

Prosecutors Seek Witness Immunity as McDonald Conspiracy Case Heads to Trial

From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Special prosecutors believe it will take less than a week to present their case against a trio of current and former Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald.

Biography Explores ‘Love and Strife’ of Legendary Author Saul Bellow


He is widely considered one of the greatest American novelists. Saul Bellow’s anger, appetites and enormous talent are captured in a newly released biography by Zachary Leader, who joins us in conversation.

Photographer Donates His Talents to Help Dogs Get Adopted

(Photo credit: Josh Feeney)

More than 6,000 dogs were taken in by the city’s animal shelter last year. How one local animal lover is focusing his lens on the challenge of finding them permanent homes.

Retired Police Commander Allegedly Stole $360,000 in Social Security Funds

Retired police Commander Kenneth Johnson speaks to “Chicago Tonight” during an interview on May 4, 2017.

Kenneth Johnson spent more than three decades with the Chicago Police Department, but federal prosecutors allege the former commander stole $360,000 in Social Security funds over the course of 23 years.

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza Running for Chicago Mayor

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 14, 2018.

She’s officially in. One week after winning re-election as comptroller, and after weeks of speculation and leaks, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza will run for mayor of Chicago. 

Former First Lady Comes Home to Kick Off International Book Tour

Michelle Obama discusses life in the White House at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 as part of her “Becoming” book tour.

Two of Chicago’s most famous women sit down for an intimate chat. What Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey – and 18,000 of her closest friends – to kick off her book tour.

Responding to Hate Speech in Schools

Anthony Clark and Joylynn Pruitt-Adams appear on “Chicago Tonight.”

A recent spike in hate incidents at Oak Park and River Forest High School leads to a community march – and a criminal charge. A teacher and administrator tell us how they’re responding.

Where Do Illinois Republicans Go From Here?

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his concession speech on Nov. 6, 2018 after being defeated in the general election by Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

President Donald Trump has been vocal on the topic of where the GOP stands, but where do Republicans in Illinois think they’re headed?