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Honors for Carl Grapentine and his work at WFMT at a special “Goodbye to Carl” event at Ravinia Festival on July 14, 2018. (Courtesy 98.7 WFMT)

A very familiar voice on our classical music sister station is retiring. A look at the on- and off-air musical life of WFMT’s Carl Grapentine. 

Val Camilletti at her record store, Val’s halla, in 2005. (WTTW News)

The legendary owner of Val’s halla, which celebrates 46 years in business this weekend, died Monday after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

District requiring students take writing course by 5th grade after state law change

Chicago Public Schools is updating its teaching policy around the handwriting form to meet new state law requirements.

The SamurAI sorting robot, manufactured by Canada’s Machinex Technologies. (Courtesy Lakeshore Recycling Systems)

Chicago-based Lakeshore Recycling System is the first company in the U.S. to install a new “self-aware” machine that sorts through recycled materials. 

Renowned paleontologist and University of Chicago graduate Steve Brusatte tells us about his new book, “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.”

The Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston on Tuesday announces plans for an anti-violence protest Aug. 2 along Lake Shore Drive. (Chicago Tonight)

On the heels of an anti-violence demonstration that closed down the Dan Ryan Expressway, another group of activists announces plans to shut down a busy roadway on Chicago’s North Side.

The latest on a major city infrastructure project that officials say was made necessary because of climate change.

Pauline Simon (American, 1898-1976), “Untitled (woman with book),” 1968. Collection of Karl Wirsum and Lorri Gunn.

We visit the local gallery and museum that preserves and promotes unusual art made by unusual people.

Watch the July 24, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Knute Rockne (Stef Tovar) fires up the Notre Dame football team. (Credit: Justin Barbin)

In spinning the tale of Knute Rockne and his prize athlete, the creators of this terrific show have tapped into much grander themes than the nature of intensely competitive college football.