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As the polar vortex moves out, groundhogs, cocoa-inspired treats, craft brews and experimental theater usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown announces her endorsement of Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor.

In announcing her endorsement of Amara Enyia, Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown called Enyia “a breath of fresh air” that will give Chicagoans hope.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow called the historic decree “an important first step toward needed reforms of the Chicago Police Department and its policies.”

This image provided by the Chicago Police Department and taken from surveillance video shows two people of interest in an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett walking along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood early Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Courtesy of Chicago Police Department via AP)

Chicago police are asking for help identifying two persons of interest captured in surveillance images in the area of the Tuesday morning attack of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

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More than 90 percent of the 16,000-plus animals sheltered by Chicago Animal Care and Control last year were either adopted, transferred to a rescue group or returned to their owner, according to city data. 

Chicago scientists Scott Collis (courtesy Scott Collis), left, and Yarrow Axford (photo by Alex P. Taylor).

Subzero temperatures in Chicago are not unlike Arctic parts of the globe. Local scientists Scott Collis and Yarrow Axford share their experiences working on the edges of the world.

In Illinois, medical marijuana can now be used as a painkiller to replace opioids. We hear from a co-sponsor of the new law.

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We discuss the latest science headlines with Rabiah Mayas, associate director of the Science in Society program at Northwestern University.

Watch the Jan. 31, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Randy Duncan

The unlikely story of how a beloved local TV show inspired the career of a beloved dancer, choreographer and teacher. 

The bone-chilling temperatures may have subsided – a little – but that doesn’t mean Chicago is out of the woods, Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned Thursday.

Our reporting on the bitter cold prompts reactions to Paris Schutz’s wardrobe. What viewers had to say about a certain blue turtleneck.