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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to closing arguments Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

After nearly three weeks of witness testimony from police officers, medical and law enforcement experts, and police Officer Jason Van Dyke himself, the 12-person jury began deliberations in the high-profile murder case.

(Eric Molina / Flickr)

The U.S. attorney’s office charged a dozen people Thursday with federal drug offenses for allegedly conspiring to sell heroin on Chicago’s West Side. 

A mother and daughter explore Shedd’s Sensory-Friendly App, designed for guests with autism or a sensory processing disorder, in front of the aquarium’s Caribbean Reef exhibit. (Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium)

On Oct. 16 and Nov. 14, registered guests will be able to explore all of Shedd’s exhibits in a “comfortable and accepting environment” as part of a new “Calm Waters” program.

DeRay Mckesson appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

We speak with the prominent Black Lives Matter activist about his new memoir, “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.” 

From left: Prosecutor Joseph McMahon, defense attorney Daniel Herbert and Jason Van Dyke approach the judge’s bench on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jason Van Dyke faces 19 counts in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. With jury deliberations underway, we break down the charges, the evidence and closing arguments.

From TV commercials to a legendary South Side art center, a new four-part series explores the creative movements, people and institutions of Chicago over the last 125 years.

A colorful fall harvest from the WTTW organic garden.

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan explains how to manage the arrival of cooler fall weather while still enjoying a bounty of vegetables.

Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members Francis Guinan, left, and K. Todd Freeman in the world premiere of “Downstate.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Hedy Weiss reviews a provocative new play about sex offenders at Steppenwolf Theatre, plus a new musical based on the movie “Tootsie.”

Watch the Oct. 4, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”