Archival footage from "Jackie Robinson" documentary. (PBS)

More than 2,300 Negro Leagues players from 1920 to 1948 were added to the online database — a historical correction that’s four years in the making. It was announced in December 2020 that the MLB would be “correcting a longtime oversight.”

Sports betting has become popular among Illinoisans since the market launched in 2020. But the state has also benefitted from taxing sportsbooks, netting nearly $415 million so far — a figure that’s set to rise even higher under a tax hike Democrats pushed through the General Assembly last week. (Amit Lahav / Unsplash)
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Sports wagering and video gambling have developed into two of the most robust markets in the nation; Illinois’ sportsbooks collectively have the fourth-largest handle among all states, while Illinois’ video gambling industry is by far the largest of any state.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog hosted a “Jeopardy!”-style game show at the Den Theatre on June 3, 2024. (Marc Vitali / WTTW News)

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog hosted a “Jeopardy!”-style game show in Chicago this week with celebrity contestants, including ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, actor Samm Levine and ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.

 “Pink Dish and Green Leaves,” 1928–29, by Georgia O’Keefe. (Courtesy of Private collection, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Photograph by Bruce M. White.)

The exhibit, which opened on June 2 and runs through Sept. 22, explores the artist’s connection to New York City. For some visitors, “My New York” may feel like a departure from her famed Southwest landscapes.

The cover of “My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two.” (Provided)

Following the release of “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” in 2017, graphic novelist Emil Ferris was dubbed “one of the most important comics artists of our time.” Now Ferris is back with “My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two,” which continues the tale of Karen Reyes, a 10-year-old misfit who thinks of herself as a werewolf.

Guaranteed Rate Field is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

Chicago Sports Network (CHSN) is set to launch in October and will broadcast Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks games along with other content through traditional cable providers, streaming services and over-the-air broadcasts, according to a Monday announcement.

Robert Smigel as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. (Credit: Exploring the Right Brain)

Robert Smigel may be best known as the breeder behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the crass canine puppet whose jokes make Don Rickles look housebroken. We sit down with him before his Chicago show. 

FILE - Revelers participate in the NYC Pride March, Sunday, June 25, 2023, in New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AP Photo, File)

Pride Month, the worldwide celebration of LGBTQ+ culture and rights, kicks off Saturday with events around the globe. But this year’s festivities in the U.S. will unfold against a backdrop of dozens of new state laws targeting LGBTQ+ rights, particularly transgender young people.

CSO principal percussionist Cynthia Yeh in the CSO-commissioned, world-premiere performance of Jessie Montgomery’s “Procession” with conductor Manfred Honeck and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (Todd Rosenberg)

Cynthia Yeh, who has been the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal percussionist since 2007, can make wonderfully expressive music by playing on nothing more than a bunch of clay flowerpots, writes WTTW News theater critic Hedy Weiss.

The Apollo’s 2000 Theater in Little Village is being designated a Chicago landmark. (WTTW News)

Javier Galindo and Lidia Galindo Corral have welcomed artists from all over the world to the Apollo’s 2000 Theater in Little Village for nearly 35 years. The building is now being designated a Chicago landmark.

Chicago Sky's Angel Reese (5) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Sparks' Dearica Hamby defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Angel Reese is ensuring some of the glare from the bright spotlight on the WNBA shines squarely on the Chicago Sky. The seventh overall draft pick will remind anyone who will listen that there is a group of rookies helping boost soaring WNBA ratings, attendance and revenue, not just the one who plays in Indiana.

Andrew Bird performs at the Green Mill in Chicago on May 29, 2024. (Marc Vitali / WTTW News)

Andrew Bird migrated back to Chicago last night, launching his new tour with a pair of shows at the Green Mill Lounge in Uptown. He led a trio of musicians performing jazz standards and a few favorites from his catalog.

Val Gray Ward (Provided archive photo)

The life and legacy of Val Gray Ward, founder of a pioneering Black theater company, was remembered this past weekend.

A rendering of the proposed new stadium for the Chicago Bears on a redesigned Museum Campus. (Credit: Chicago Bears)
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While financing for the Chicago Bears’ proposed new lakefront stadium remains in doubt, opponents of the plan have sent an unequivocal “hands off” message regarding any use of lakefront property for private interests.

The Winnetka home best known as the “Home Alone” house is now listed for sale. (Credit: Coldwell Banker Realty)
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With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the Georgian-style property, built in 1921, has plenty of space to accommodate hijinks like those from the iconic 1990 film.

A necklace and a piece by Lalique are on display at the Driehaus Museum. (Credit: Michael Tropea)

A new exhibition illuminates the jewels in city collections, both private and institutional. There are enough gorgeous gems and decorative art objects here to fill a whole season of “Antiques Roadshow.”