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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to court arguments during a hearing Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A new judge won’t be brought on to decide whether the high-profile murder trial of a Chicago police officer will be moved out of Cook County despite a “novel” argument by defense attorneys.

Promontory Point (John Picken / Flickr)

Despite its moniker as “The City that Works,” Chicago features plenty of places to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Here are 10 spots to zen out in the city this summer.

University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno, right, in Niger. (Credit: Mike Hettwer)

What a leading paleontologist in Chicago is doing to help the country of Niger save and display its rich cultural heritage.

(Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017)

The annual music festival gets underway Thursday in Grant Park. Why this year’s four-day event comes with tightened security measures.

Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (Chicago Tonight file photo)

A for-profit company that contracts with Chicago Public Schools comes under fire in a new report for its connections to convicted former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

A waterfall at River Park in Chicago. (Courtesy One City Films)

Chicago is losing its last waterfall. We follow up on an earlier story to see the beginning of its demolition in River Park.

Watch the July 31, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

The GMT will consist of seven mirrors, each eight meters in diameter, to make a single optical surface that’s 24.5 meters wide. (Giant Magellan Telescope – GMTO Corporation)

There’s a telescope under construction in Chile, and it’s slated to be the world’s largest – if it’s completed in time.

Retired University of Chicago astrophysicist Eugene Parker speaks with Chicago Tonight on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Next week, the retired University of Chicago astrophysicist, 91, will watch as a probe named in his honor is launched from the Kennedy Space Center and catapulted to the sun’s corona.

(Charles Reagan Hackleman / Lollapalooza 2017)

A massive music festival, local talent, craft brews and thought-provoking plays usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Archaeologists are nearing the end of a monthlong dig in the city’s Old Irving Park neighborhood. What they’re looking for – and what they’ve turned up.