Lessons of Deadly 1995 Heat Wave Echo in 2020 Chicago

Mayor Richard M. Daley shares his skepticism about heat-related deaths in the summer of 1995. (WTTW News)

A look back at Chicago’s deadly heat wave — and how it compares to the coronavirus pandemic — with Eric Klinenberg, author of the 2002 book, “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.”

Trump Pressures Schools to Reopen But Many CPS Teachers Fearful of Classroom Return

(Brandis Friedman / WTTW News)

President Donald Trump is pressuring schools to fully reopen in the fall. But as many teachers, parents and even some students are expressing fears over returning to school, cases of COVID-19 are rising across the country.

Infectious Disease Expert: Better National Leadership Needed to Fight COVID-19

Dr. Emily Landon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, July 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

COVID-19 numbers are rising nationally to startling new highs. Cases in the city and state are also climbing. What’s going on? We check in with Dr. Emily Landon of UChicago Medicine.

‘Noble Army’ Makes Thousands of Face Shields for Health Care Workers

Employees of the Dr. Lucy Lang-Chappell Housing Complex in Chicago wear face shields provided by the “Noble Army.” (Courtesy of Rob and Susan Parks)

Personal protective gear is often in short supply, but a group of people in the Chicago area have made a serious dent in that shortage. And, as we found out, they were inspired by “Chicago Tonight.”

A Virtual Visit to a Luminous Collection of Spiritual Art

A scene inside the Loyola University Museum of Art. (WTTW News)

A private tour of a collection of artistic treasures with a spiritual focus. Our latest “virtual visit” is a look at artwork designed to inspire. 

Newly Discovered Comet NEOWISE is Streaking Across the Sky and Giving Us Life

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe shows greater detail in the twin tails of comet NEOWISE, as seen on July 5, 2020. The lower, broader tail is the comet’s dust tail, while the thinner, upper tail is the comet’s ion tail. (NASA / Johns Hopkins APL / Naval Research Lab / Parker Solar Probe /Guillermo Stenborg)

The newly discovered comet has been delighting sky gazers across the globe. Catch it now, because it won't swing back our way for another 6,800 years.

Chicago Police Add Language Access Coordinator to Better Engage Non-English Speakers

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To better communicate with residents who have limited English proficiency, the Chicago Police Department has hired Roxana Cortes, a former Chicago Public Schools translation specialist.

Washington’s NFL Team Drops ‘Redskins’ Name After 87 Years

Signs for the Washington Redskins are displayed outside FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

Who’s Got the Best Garden in Chicago’s Bungalow Belt? You Be the Judge

2019 front garden runner-up. (Chicago Bungalow Association)

Voting is open through Wednesday for the annual Chicago Bungalow Association’s garden contest.

Police: 64 Shot, 11 Killed as Weekend Violence Continues in Chicago

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Chicago’s top cop David Brown is again calling for community partnerships and additional investments in South and West Side neighborhoods after yet another violent weekend that saw dozens of people shot.

US Grapples with Pandemic as Its Origins Are Traced in China

Pedestrians wear masks as they cross a street amid the coronavirus pandemic Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The United States was grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world on Monday. Meanwhile, two World Health Organization experts went to China for a mission to trace the origin of the pandemic.

Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say

In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan’s father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.

Chicago’s ‘Top Teen’ in 1962 Recalls Hardships That Led to Life’s Work

Diane McCoy Lee (Facebook photo)

When Diane McCoy Lee was named “Top Teen in Public Housing” in a 1962 Chicago Housing Authority contest, she was a straight-A student. But just a few years later, she was a college dropout in an abusive marriage.

954 New COVID-19 Cases as Illinois Tests Nearly 39K in Single Day

New statewide totals: 153,916 cases, 7,187 deaths

(WTTW News)

As Illinois nears the 2 million mark in total COVID-19 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic, health officials reported an additional 954 cases of the virus on Sunday — and a record number of specimens tested in a single day.

Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust Ask Community to Make #AMENDS

Handwritten messages on yellow ribbon comprise the installation “Dirty Laundry” on the lawn at Carl Schurz High School. (Erica Gunderson / WTTW News)

On Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood, reflections on race and racism adorn bright yellow ribbons that rustle in the breeze across from Facility, the creative space and gallery behind a community-based art project.

Trump Wears Mask in Public for First Time During Pandemic

President Donald Trump wears a mask as he walks down the hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time he has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials during the pandemic.

New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Top 1,000 for Third Straight Day

New statewide totals: 152,962 cases, 7,168 deaths

(WTTW News)

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported an additional 1,195 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since Friday, and 24 more deaths. The positivity rate in Illinois remains relatively stable at 3%.

Station Closures Ahead: CTA Red Line Modernization Moves Forward

(Sarah A. / Flickr)

The CTA’s ambitious Red and Purple Line modernization program will impact service for riders on the North Side for a four-week period starting next Friday. And the agency’s plan to relocate a historic building takes a step forward.

Trump Commutes Longtime Friend Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence

In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president’s own conduct.

Chicago’s ‘Movies in the Parks’ Series Returns — But Keep Your Distance

(Credit: Chicago Park District)

Chicagoans will get their yearly fix of cinema under the stars despite the coronavirus, the Chicago Park District announced late Friday. The city’s annual “Movies in the Parks” series is a go, with some key public health restrictions in place.

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Unveils Recovery Plan

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An uptick in COVID-19 cases. Will public schools open in the fall? Who Chicago’s top cop is blaming for rising violent crime rates. And Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth takes heat from President Trump.

Pandemic, Racism Compound Worries About Black Suicide Rate

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

Health experts have warned of a looming mental health crisis linked to the coronavirus outbreak, and the federal government rolled out a broad anti-suicide campaign. But doctors and researchers say the issues reverberate deeper among Black people.

Push to Legalize Coach Houses, Granny Flats Stalls Amid Opposition From Aldermen

A row of coach houses on Meyer Avenue in Chicago. (Eric Allix Rogers/Flickr)

An effort to ease Chicago’s affordable housing crisis by permitting basement, attic and coach house dwellings stalled Friday amid opposition from aldermen concerned they would not be able to stop unwanted units from being built in their wards.

Have You ‘Herd?’ It’s National Bison Month. Here’s Where They Roam, Close to Home

Bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. (USDA Forest Service)

July is National Bison Month — who knew? Here’s where you can catch buffalo roaming, close to home, in Illinois and Indiana.

Chicago Must ‘Safeguard’ Progress Fighting Coronavirus to Allow Schools to Reopen: Officials

(Don Harder / Flickr)

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said she “broadly” feels confident that schools will be able to offer “some” in-person classes starting in September.

US Bets on Untested Company to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a patient receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect Systems America, but its injector is not approved by federal health authorities and the company hasn’t yet set up a factory to manufacture the devices.

Most Stocks Drift Higher on Wall Street; Tech a Rare Downer

Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Most of Wall Street is drifting higher Friday, though a rare pullback for some of the year's biggest winners in the stock market is tamping down the gains.

‘Green Lady’ Rises From the Ashes in Jackson Park as the Latest Chicago Tree Sculpture

"Green Lady" in Jackson Park is the latest sculpture to breathe new life into one of Chicago's dead ash trees. (Chicago Sculpture International)

Since 2014, the Chicago Tree Project has commissioned more than two dozen sculptures across the city, bringing new life to dead ash trees. The latest is a work by artist Gary Keenan.

Lightfoot Orders Bars, Restaurants to Close at Midnight, as Coronavirus Cases Tick Up

Amaru restaurant in Wicker Park (Credit: Lori Sapio / Lori Sapio Photography)

The new restrictions, which aim to reduce a slight increase in the number of coronavirus cases among young Chicagoans, took effect immediately, the Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office announced Friday morning. 

Ask Geoffrey: The Scoop on Chicago’s Brick Ice Cream


Geoffrey Baer has the scoop on some Chicago ice cream history.

Learning in Limbo: Summer Bridge Programs Go Online

(Nenad Stojkovic / Flickr)

Summer education enrichment programs have taken to Zoom. Are they working?

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Lincoln Square


The North Side neighborhood gets its name from the 16th president, but much of its community’s cultural heritage comes from the German immigrants who founded the area in the 1840s.