Man Whose Family Died in Boeing 737 Max Crash: Scrap the Jet

In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife and three young children in the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford, File)

A man who lost his wife, mother-in-law and three young children in the crash of a 737 Max in Ethiopia says Boeing should scrap the plane and top executives should resign and face criminal charges.

Coyotes’ Cries Herald a Ferocious New Steppenwolf Take on ‘True West’

Jon Michael Hill, left, and Namir Smallwood in Steppenwolf’s production of “True West” by Sam Shepard. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Steppenwolf’s fabled 1982 production of Sam Shepard’s darkly comic tale is a foundational part of Chicago theater history. And now, two of the company’s “next generation” of actors are bringing their own high-octane intensity to the play.

ICE Raids Rattle Chicago’s Immigrant Communities


Immigration raids in Chicago and around the nation stoked fear, but there were very few reports of mass detentions and deportations. We discuss the ICE deportation operations with Ruth Lopez-McCarthy and Randy Ramey.

House Hunting: Design Competition Selects Bungalow for the 21st Century

A design by Greg Tamborino, winner of the “Disruptive Design Chicago” competition. (Rendering courtesy Neighborhood Housing Services)

Bungalows have served Chicago families for a hundred years. Could this new design by Greg Tamborino be the bungalow of the future? Blair Kamin weighs in.

At Museum of Science and Industry, a Brave New World of Wearable Tech

Richard Browning of Gravity Industries demonstrates his Jet Suit as he takes off from the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. (Courtesy of MSI Chicago)

The exhibition “Wired to Wear” aims to lift the veil on clothing and accessories that can boost your health and wellness – or just express your creativity.

Chicago Corruption Walking Tour Begins Final Season


A Chicago walking tour enters its final season of investigating the city’s corrupt past – and present. Local journalist Paul Dailing, who started the tour in 2016, join us in discussion.

From Oil and Gas to CBD, Northbrook-Based UL Combats Explosion Hazards

Bill Hoffman, laboratory leader for UL (Underwriters Laboratories) hazardous locations facility in Northbrook. (WTTW News)

A facility at safety certification company UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is working to keep potentially explosive environments safe. But you might be surprised how prevalent those environments can be – and the common things that might trigger a safety hazard.

Here’s a Fact: We Went to the Moon in 1969

This July 21, 1969 photo made available by NASA shows the U.S. flag planted at Tranquility Base on the surface of the moon, and a silhouette of a thruster at right, seen from a window in the Lunar Module. (NASA via AP)

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, some people insist it never happened and was all a big hoax by the U.S. government. Here’s a look at some of the most common claims and how they're explained away.

Florida Expert Flies to Chicago to Help Catch Alligator

Half of Humboldt Park closes as search enters second week

An alligator floats in the Humboldt Park Lagoon on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Chicago. Officials couldn’t say how the creature got there, but traps are being placed around the lagoon in hopes the animal will swim into one and be safely removed. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Sections of Humboldt Park are closed Monday while the search continues for the elusive gator, which is at least 4 feet long. 

Judges to Decide on Bond Hearings for R. Kelly Indictments

In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

A federal court hearing for R&B singer R. Kelly has been pushed back a day and will instead be held Tuesday when the singer was expected to be arraigned.

Stay Hydrated, Cool to Prevent Heat Exhaustion, Says Health Official

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Rising temperatures and humidity in Chicago this week could make it feel as hot as 105 degrees outside. If proper precautions aren’t taken, you could experience heat exhaustion or heatstroke. 

A Healthy Lifestyle May Offset Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s

In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, an elderly couple walks past the Berlaymont building, the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco, File)

People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with low genetic risk and good habits, researchers reported Sunday. 

Churches Jump Into Action With Threat of Immigration Sweeps

Thousands of people, including immigrants and their supporters, rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies as they march from Daley Plaza to the Chicago field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune via AP)

As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities.

2019 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Special Events Management)

Up next: Pitchfork Music Fest, Taste of River North, Ben Fest, Tacos y Tamales, Silver Room Block Party, Taste of WVON, Craft Beer Fest, Sheffield Garden Walk, Chinatown Summer Fair and more.

The Week in Review: Chicago Braces for ICE Raids


Chicago prepares for stepped-up deportation raids. R. Kelly is nabbed by federal agents. Mayor Lori Lightfoot halts water meter installations over lead concerns. And an alligator evades capture at Humboldt Park Lagoon.

Fiercely Immersive ‘Recommendation’ Explores Privilege, Justice and Moral Relativism

Brian Keys, left, and Julian Hester in “The Recommendation” at Windy City Playhouse. (Photo credit Michael Brosilow)

With its volcanic staging of Jonathan Caren’s intensely physical play, Windy City Playhouse has carved out a unique niche for itself in Chicago with a style dubbed “immersive theater.”