Yes, There is Still a Formidable Audience for Classical Music

Audience members enter Symphony Center on opening night of Verdi’s “Aida.” (Credit: Todd Rosenberg)

Despite the dire warnings about “the demise of the audience for classical music,” there is a significant audience in Chicago that values this incomparable art form. Two recent, radically different CSO concerts are prime examples.

Chicago Remains in Limbo as Trump Stalls Immigration Raids

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Could Chicago see an uptick in immigration raids as President Donald Trump spars with Congress over border funding?

Even with a Budget, Illinois Still Owes Billions in Unpaid Bills

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 25, 2019.

Here to talk about the state’s $6.5 bill backlog is the person who cuts the checks: Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

Morton Arboretum Builds Connections to Nature, Brick by Lego Brick


The new exhibition “Nature Connects” adds colorful creatures to the arboretum’s grounds using more than half a million Lego bricks.

Neil Shubin on Coyotes, Dog Stress and More from the World of Science

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The University of Chicago paleontologist takes us behind some of the most recent science stories making headlines.

Some Gardens Thriving Despite Cold, Near-Record Rainfall


Near-record rainfall has left many farms and gardens underwater, but some area gardens – including our WTTW organic garden – appear to be thriving. Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan explains why.

CPS Taking New Look at Punishments for Marijuana, Substance Abuse


As Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, Chicago Public Schools is looking to rewrite portions of its student bylaws on pot and other controlled substances.

Trump Signs Order That Aims to Reveal Real Health Care Costs

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony where he will sign an executive order that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down, at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down.

AbbVie Makes $63B Bid for Botox Maker Allergan

This Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, shows the exterior of AbbVie, in Lake Bluff, Illinois. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

The two pharmaceutical companies have little in common, save for a desire to reinvigorate growth that has sputtered. 

Police Release Hundreds of Files From Smollett Investigation

A still image from video footage released by Chicago police Monday, June	24, 2019 shows the “Empire” actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose.

Chicago police on Monday released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two men, including releasing video footage for the first time of the “Empire” actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck.

Blackhawks Executives Plot a Return to Glory

Blackhawks top draft pick Kirby Dock.

Blackhawks top draft pick Kirby Dock wants to help bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago. Hawks executives John McDonough and Stan Bowman tell us how they plan to make that happen.

Steven Nasatir Reflects on 4 Decades at Jewish United Fund

Steven Nasatir, CEO of the Jewish United Fund, appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The head of Chicago’s largest Jewish organization reflects on 40 years of leadership and a renewed rise of anti-Semitism. 

Trump Tries Economic Sanctions on Iran After Backing Off Military Strike

“I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us. A lot of restraint. That doesn’t mean we’re going to show it in the future,” President Donald Trump said Monday, June 24, 2019 in announcing new economic sanctions against Iran.

New economic sanctions on Iran: will they prevent a military showdown? Robert Pape, director of the University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats, offers his insight.

UIC Launches Guide for Communities Facing Pollution, Health Risks

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Responding to increasing public concern over environmental health threats, researchers have published a guide designed to help residents of Great Lakes communities determine if air, water or soil contamination is affecting their health. 

Brendt Christensen Found Guilty in Kidnapping, Death of Yingying Zhang

Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 9, 2017. (University of Illinois Police Department). Inset: Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff’s Department)

Brendt Christensen has been found guilty in the kidnapping and death of Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, setting the stage for what could be the first death sentence handed down within Illinois since the state abolished capital punishment in 2011.

Paddle Up! Chinatown’s Dragon Boat Race Hits the Chicago River

Team UCAN, a North Lawndale-based nonprofit, used the chant “UCAN!” (or “You can!”) to paddle in sync with each other. (Evan Garcia / WTTW)

Thirty-four teams competed Saturday in the Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in Chinatown’s Ping Tom Park – the most competitors in the event’s 19-year history.