When It Comes to Heated Divorce, Pets Aren’t People Too

A couple walks their dog in Los Angeles, on Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes, File)

In the eyes of the law, pets are property when it comes to divorce, but new ways of working out custody of the dog, cat or parrot have sprung up with special mediators and “petnups” to avoid courtroom disputes.

In Humboldt Park, Anti-Violence Groups Work Toward Healing, Prevention

Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. (WTTW News)

Two people were fatally shot and another 10 were injured this weekend on the city’s West Side. How a local anti-violence group is working alongside the community to prevent further violence.

Riding High and Low: Exploring Chicago’s Vibrant Custom Bike Culture

Malcolm Langford, 14, rides a tall bike at a Logan Square Park meetup organized by the custom bike club Rat Patrol on June 11. (WTTW News)

Have you ever thrown out a broken bike or any of its spare parts? There’s a chance a local bike club scooped up that trash to make a work of art on wheels. We visit Logan Square to learn about the city’s bustling custom bike culture.

High Court Sides With Ex-Athletes in NCAA Compensation Case

This June 8, 2021, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday the NCAA can’t limit education-related benefits that colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory for athletes that could help open the door to further easing in the decades-old fight over paying student-athletes.

Chicago Cop Who Owns House Where 5 Killed Disciplined

Crime scene tape hangs outside a house where multiple people were shot, some fatally, inside the Englewood building, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago’s police superintendent said Monday that his decision to strip an officer’s police powers was tied in part to the officer’s ownership of a house on the city’s South Side where gunmen killed five people and injured three others. 

Crain’s Headlines: American Airlines Cuts July Flights


A cutback in flights for a major airline. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more business news.

Father’s Day Tornado Was a Severe EF3, Winds Up to 165 mph: National Weather Service

Cleanup efforts are underway Monday, June 21, 2021 in suburban Woodridge following a tornado and severe storms Sunday night. (WTTW News)

After conducting a preliminary survey of Sunday’s tornado site in the western suburbs, the National Weather Service said it has determined the twister was an EF3, the strongest to touch down in the Chicago metropolitan area since 2015.

Nature Museum Invites Visitors to ‘Wonder With Us Again,’ Sets Reopening for July

The Nature Museum will reopen July 8. (Courtesy of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum / Facebook)

Though many Chicagoans found refuge in nature during the pandemic, the physical Nature Museum in Lincoln Park has been shuttered since spring 2020. 

Demand for Rental Assistance in Chicago Outstrips Available Funds as End to Eviction Ban Looms

A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Approximately 26,850 Chicagoans who lost their jobs or found their paychecks scaled back because of the COVID-19 pandemic applied for $137 million in grants designed to stave off a wave of evictions and keep the lights on across Chicago, officials said Monday.

Most Major Metropolitan Areas Have Become More Racially Segregated, Study Shows

Chicago’s Woodlawn community. (WTTW News)

Some of the nation’s largest metropolitan regions have become increasingly segregated in the last 30 years, underscoring racial inequalities that have led to poorer life outcomes in Black and brown neighborhoods, according to a study released Monday.

An Estimated 2,600 Latinos Were Killed by Police or in Custody in Past 6 Years, Preliminary Report Says

A memorial of candles and flowers for 13-year-old Adam Toledo sits near the alley where he was killed March 29 by a Chicago police officer. (WTTW News)

A report released last week indicates that deaths of people of color are severely undercounted and much more needs to be done to produce an accurate database that collects ethnicity information.

June 21, 2021 - Full Show


Cleanup is underway following massive storms in Chicago’s suburbs. Anti-violence efforts in Humboldt Park. The Supreme Court deals a blow to the NCAA. Nightclubs reopen. The world of “freak bikes.”

Tokyo Olympics to Allow Local Fans — But with Strict Limits

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, greet each other during a five-party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin / Pool Photo via AP)

The decision comes as opposition among Japanese to holding the Games in July remains high, though may be softening, and as new infections in Tokyo have begun to subside.

2021 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

The Taste of Lincoln Avenue returns July 24-25, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Neighborhood street festivals, art shows, outdoor concerts — including Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago — are returning this summer as the Chicago area reopens. Here’s your guide to summer fun. 

Space to GRO: New Organization Supports Black Women at U of C

The University of Chicago campus. (WTTW News)

In 1921, Georgiana Rose Simpson became America’s first black woman to graduate with a Ph.D. How her trailblazing achievement is being honored at her alma mater through the new group GRO.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, June 20, 2021 - Full Show


We celebrate Juneteenth by tracing history through a cemetery of prominent Chicagoans, remembering one of the first Black women to receive her Ph.D. and sitting down with an award-winning chef.

Rabid Dog Imported into US Sparks Multi-State Investigation

In this Monday, April 22, 2019 file photo, a plane flies over the south air traffic control tower at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato, File)

The dog was one of 34 animals — 33 dogs and one cat — imported by an animal rescue organization from Azerbaijan to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on June 10. 

Can You Mix and Match COVID-19 Vaccines?

(AP Illustration / Peter Hamlin)

The short answer: It’s likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure.

La Ultima Palabra: CAUSE Chicago

Chicagoans Isabela Ávila and Francisco Villaseñor give us la ultima palabra on how they say anyone – even teenagers – can create the change they want to see in their communities. (WTTW News)

Chicago high school students Isabela Ávila and Francisco Villaseñor give us the last word on creating meaningful change in local communities.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, June 19, 2021 - Full Show


A fight to save historic city housing. Capturing a changing Logan Square. The life and work of renowned artist Frida Kahlo. And two high schoolers on making a difference in their communities. 

Chicago Flats Initiative Aims to Preserve Affordable Multifamily Housing

(WTTW News)

As the state’s eviction moratorium winds down, a housing crisis looms in Chicago. Now, a coalition of community organizations is trying to keep at-risk families in their homes and save the multifamily housing stock that helped build Chicago.

National Museum of Mexican Art Prepares to Reopen Its Doors

Mexican painter Carmen Chami's work is featured at the National Museum of Mexican Art (Courtesy NMMA)

When it reopens its doors July 1, the National Museum of Mexican Art will be kicking off operations with a major financial boost after it received an $8 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Juneteenth, Recalling End of Slavery, is Marked Across US

Selena Quinn, from left, LaVon Fisher-Wilson and Traci Coleman perform during a free outdoor event organized by The Broadway League as Juneteenth's celebrations take place at Times Square Saturday, June 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery.

Federal Holiday Pressures Companies to Give Juneteenth Off

FILE - In this June 17, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden hands a pen to Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File)

Hundreds of top companies had already pledged last year to observe Juneteenth in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and the national reckoning on racism that followed.

Amid Reform Movement, Some GOP States Give Police More Power

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, file photo, protesters rally in Phoenix, demanding the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department, following the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo / Matt York, File)

After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their authority to crack down on demonstrations.

The Week in Review: Civilian Oversight of Chicago Police Stalls in City Council

A line of Chicago police officers watch a demonstration at Division and Larrabee streets on June 2, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Mayor Lightfoot pushes for changes to the elected school board bill that already passed. City violence spikes again. Aldermen battle the mayor over liquor sales. And renaming Lake Shore Drive.

Declaration of Juneteenth Holiday Sparks Scramble in States

FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo, demonstrators march through downtown Orlando, Fla., during a Juneteenth event.  (AP Photo / John Raoux, File)

This year alone, legislation to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday died in Florida and South Dakota and is stalled in Ohio, all states controlled by Republicans. But even in Maryland, where Democrats control the Legislature, a Juneteenth bill passed one chamber only to die in the other.

Biden’s Silence on Executions Adds to Death Penalty Disarray

FILE - This March 22, 1995, file photo shows the interior of the execution chamber in the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo / Chuck Robinson, File)

President Biden hasn’t said whether he’d back a bill introduced by fellow Democrats to strike the death penalty from U.S. statutes. He also hasn’t rescinded Trump-era protocols enabling federal executions to resume and allowing prisons to use firing squads if necessary, something many thought he’d do on day one.

Boeing’s Newest Version of the 737 Max Makes First Flight

The final version of the 737 MAX, the MAX 10, passes other 737 MAX planes as it takes off from Renton Airport in Renton, Wash., on its first flight Friday, June 18, 2021. The plane will fly over Eastern Washington and then land at Boeing Field. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

U.S. regulators cleared the way for Max jets to resume flying late last year after Boeing made changes, including overhauling flight-control software that played a role in the crashes. This spring, about 100 new Max jets were idled for several weeks because of an unrelated problem with electrical grounding of cockpit instruments.

Lightfoot Holds Off Revolt on CPD Oversight as Allies Block Vote on Elected Board

Supporters of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety plan call for more police accountability during a rally April 21, 2021. (WTTW News)

A long-stalled plan to put an elected board of Chicago residents in charge of the Chicago Police Department remains mired in limbo after a razor-thin vote Friday.

Blue Angels Set to Soar, Even as Air and Water Show is Canceled

The Blue Angels are a fan favorite of Air and Water Show observers. (Courtesy of Blue Angels)

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will perform from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 after practicing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 20. 

What You Need to Know About At-Home COVID-19 Tests

(Annie Spratt / Unsplash)

Dozens of different at-home COVID-19 tests are now available from big-box retailers and pharmacies. But before you run out and buy one, a few words of caution from Dr. Emily Landon, an infectious disease specialist at UChicago Medicine.