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Mike MacDonald

A breathtaking new book of photos captures the wild and natural wonders of Chicago. Meet the photographer and see some of his stunning work.

Ivan Albright. Self-Portrait (No.13), 1982. The Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of Mrs. Ivan Albright. © The Art Institute of Chicago.

In honor of its 150th anniversary, the School of the Art Institute teamed up with the Art Institute for a show that highlights the many influential American artists who received instruction at the school and later became part of the permanent collection of what has been called the "world’s best museum.”

A new high-tech analysis of the fossilized jaw bone of Haramiyavia clemmenseni, one of our earliest ancestors, is shedding new light on the mammalian family tree. University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin was one of the lead authors of the study and he joins us in studio to talk us through the findings.

After a decade of volatility, national home prices rose a steady 4 to 5 percent in 2015. Unfortunately, that was not the case in the Chicago market, where single family home prices rose by a meager 1.3 percent. Real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin has more on the state of the local market.

(Rafael Matsunaga / Flickr)

After a big sell off Monday, international markets appeared more settled today. What's causing the concern, and how will the Fed's rate hike affect the U.S. economy in 2016? Two local economists join us to discuss the global markets and last month's long-awaited announcement of a U.S. interest rate hike.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, Gov. Bruce Rauner

Mayor Rahm Emanuel had some harsh words for Gov. Bruce Rauner today over a plan to have the state relieve $500 million in pension costs for CPS, one day after Rauner said he was "very disappointed," in the mayor. Paris Schutz brings us the latest.

The Skokie museum designed by Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman is now offering architectural tours. Here's what you can expect.