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Valentijn Dhaenens in “BigMouth,” on stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater through Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo by Maya Wilsens)

However you describe “BigMouth,” the virtuosic, one-of-a-kind, one-man show created and performed by Valentijn Dhaenens – its impact is undeniable.

Runners participate in the 2012 Chicago Marathon near the intersection of Clark Street and Diversey Parkway. (Benjamin Lipsman / Flickr)

Since the launch of #SheddTheStraw last spring, businesses across Chicago have taken steps to eliminate their use of single-use plastic straws. Now, one of Chicago’s biggest events is getting involved.

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, right, stands with attorneys during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jurors spent hours Wednesday staring at graphic autopsy photos and hearing explicit details about where and how each of the 16 bullets fired by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke struck the body of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. A recap from the day’s proceedings.

Jon Burge (Chicago Tonight file photo)

His name will forever be associated with police brutality in Chicago, yet he never faced criminal charges for the torture he allegedly ordered and took part in. Jon Burge died Wednesday at his home in Florida.

Gery Chico appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 19, 2018.

A former Chicago mayoral candidate who lost to Rahm Emanuel in 2011 is back in the race now that his former foe has withdrawn.

In 2016, Illinois was targeted by Russian hackers who obtained private information from some 76,000 voters. How local election boards hope to ensure every vote is safe this November.

Meet the Chicago-area native who is the songwriter behind some of pop music’s biggest hits.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti joins Hedy Weiss in conversation.

A jewel of a museum in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village has emphasized contemporary art for more than 40 years. We visit the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art for a look at its past – and future.

Watch the Sept. 19, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

Speaking before a group of law enforcement officials in Waukegan, the nation’s top law enforcement official pulled no punches when speaking about the police reform process taking place in Chicago.

Little Kids Rock (Courtesy of DCASE)

Young artists, apple pies, dashing dogs and craft beer usher in the fall weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.