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Eating the Parks: Foraging in Chicago’s Urban Landscape

Manijeh Bonshahi forages flowers from a maple tree in Lincoln Park. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Tours like Dave Odd’s “Eat the Neighborhood” one in Lincoln Park introduce Chicagoans to local plants that are edible or can be used for medicinal purposes. 

Chicago-Area Congressmen Discuss Mueller Report, 2020 Census

In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated at FBI Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo / Charles Dharapak, File)

U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Sean Casten join us to discuss the latest headlines out of Washington D.C., including the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report and the 2020 census. 

Hillary Clinton: Mueller Report Is Beginning, Not The End

Hillary Clinton speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo / Richard Drew)

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is only the beginning of a reckoning on election meddling, not the end, and “raises some serious questions,” Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

National Park Photographer Completes His Portfolio with Visit to Indiana Dunes

Photographer QT Luong at Kings Canyon National Park in California. (Courtesy QT Luong)

QT Luong is renowned for his photos of all 60 national parks. Now he's come to photograph our newest national park: the Indiana Dunes. 

As Sri Lanka Mourns, Islamic State Claims Easter Bombings

Family members mourn Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the burial of 7-year-old Dhulodh Anthony, a victim of an Easter Sunday bomb blast, at Methodist cemetery in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo / Gemunu Amarasinghe)

As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers.

Smollett Case Could Undermine Foxx’s Reform Efforts

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 20, 2018.

Anger about the decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett could undermine Kim Foxx’s efforts to overhaul the nation’s second-largest district attorney’s office, which for decades has been seen as too aggressive.

Bob Dylan’s Legendary Electric Guitar on Display in Chicago


The first electric guitar Bob Dylan played live in performance – a legendary instrument which sparked uproar – is on public display at the American Writers Museum. We go for a look.

UIC Receives $65M to Commercialize New Drugs

(Arek Socha / Pixabay)

The University of Illinois at Chicago and Deerfield Management, a health care investment management firm, are launching a new company to accelerate the commercialization of therapeutics developed at UIC.

‘Cambodian Rock Band’ Traces a Musical Line Back to Genocide of 1970s

Cast of “Cambodian Rock Band.”  (Photo by Liz Lauren)

Lauren Yee thrillingly fuses her writing with music that links two cultures and two eras in the richly theatrical “Cambodian Rock Band.” 

Mother of Missing Crystal Lake 5-Year-Old Not Talking to Police

JoAnn Cunningham, mother of missing 5-year-old child Andrew “AJ” Freund, stands with her attorney George Kililis outside of the Freund home as he speaks on her behalf and pleads with the public to help find AJ on Friday, April 19, 2019 in Crystal Lake. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The mother of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy who went missing last week is refusing to cooperate with detectives, police said Monday.

100 Days In, Gov. Pritkzer's Biggest Challenges Are Just Ahead


Illinois' new governor cites a list of early accomplishments. But the fate of his biggest plans, including overhauling how the state taxes its residents, is still up in the air.

Meet the Artist Behind ‘The Obama Paintings’ As They Debut in Chicago

Artist Rob Pruitt compiled a display of 2,922 images of former President Barack Obama, one for each day of Obama’s presidency.

Artist Rob Pruitt created a painting for each of the 2,922 days of Barack Obama’s presidency. His project is now on display in Chicago. 

Who Might Be Responsible for the Sri Lanka Attacks?

Sri Lankans carry a dead body at St. Sebastian's Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Chamila Karunarathne)

The deadly attacks in Sri Lanka are likely the result of an international terrorist group, says Robert Pape, director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago.

New Research Downplays Importance of Counting Calories for Weight Loss

(Matt Madd / Flickr)

The idea of the calorie was developed nearly 200 years ago and has proven to be a poor measuring tool for the speed-driven American diet. 

A Look at the Massive ‘One Central’ Development Proposed Near Soldier Field

A proposed $19 billion development could transform the area near Soldier Field. (Rendering courtesy Landmark Development)

A new study estimates that the proposed One Central development near Soldier Field would create 210,000 permanent jobs and generate $120 billion in taxes over 40 years. 

Developer Wants Obama Presidential Center to Spur South Side Regeneration

This illustration released on May 3, 2017 by the Obama Foundation shows plans for the proposed Obama Presidential Center with a museum, rear, in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. (Obama Foundation via AP, File)

Ghian Foreman, a South Side resident and developer, says the Obama Presidential Center can benefit all residents in Jackson Park and beyond.