Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride


A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

IPRA Chief on Police Accountability, New Oversight Agency

Sharon Fairley

Sharon Fairley, the head of the city's Independent Police Review Authority, is here to talk about the new police oversight agency set to replace it.

Field Museum Offers to Ink Visitors for $250

A sign spotted at the Field Museum’s new “Tattoo” exhibition. (Chicago Tonight)

In conjunction with “Tattoo,” the museum's latest exhibition on the history of the tattoo which opens Friday, it has opened a pop-up shop. Learn more.

Challenge and Change at The Second City

Peter Kim performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” (Todd Rosenberg / The Second City)

Second City cast members report racist audience outbursts, and some cast and management have left the venerable theater. We take a closer look at recent changes with theater critic Chris Jones.

SUPES Co-Owner Pleads Guilty in Byrd-Bennett Bribery Scandal

Courtroom sketch from October 2015 depicts Gary Solomon, right, and Thomas Vranas, left, in federal court. (Thomas Gianni)

SUPES Academy CEO Gary Solomon pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court Tuesday, opening the door for co-defendants Tom Vranas and Barbara Byrd-Bennett to be sentenced for their bribery scheme.

Paralyzed Man Regains Sense of Touch with Robotic Arm

U of C Research Provided ‘Blueprint’ for Study

Rob Gaunt from the University of Pittsburgh prepares Nathan Copeland, who was paralyzed in 2004, for a brain computer interface sensory test using a robotic arm. (UPMC / Pitt Health Sciences Media Relations)

A paralyzed man is able to experience the sense of touch through the use of a robotic arm controlled by his brain. The breakthrough was made possible, in part, by years of research by a University of Chicago professor.

Eighth Blackbird Takes Flight at Arts Club of Chicago

(Saverio Truglia / Eighth Blackbird)

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird performs this weekend at the Arts Club of Chicago. We hear from them in conversation and performance.

Alderman’s Plan to Extend 606 Trail Faces Numerous Challenges


Chicago’s 606 trail is only a little over a year old and already there is an ambitious proposal to extend it. 

Strike Deadline Looms for UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Union


The city narrowly missed a massive teachers’ strike last week, but another is brewing for parents at a major charter school operator.

Yoko Ono Unveils ‘Sky Landing’ in Jackson Park

Yoko Ono unveils “Sky Landing” in Chicago’s Jackson Park on Monday. (Chicago Tonight)

Yoko Ono on Monday morning debuted her first public art installation in the Americas on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island.

U.S. High School Grad Rate Reaches Record Mark

(AKS.9955 / Wikimedia Commons)

Illinois students are outpacing the U.S. average, while Chicago Public Schools says its graduation rate is growing at three times the national rate.

Local Crafting Group Knits Refugees, Immigrants Together

Bahra Puskar

Immigrant and refugee women find joy, companionship and healing in knitting. Jay Shefsky takes us to their workshop.  

Last of Summer Crops Come Out, Winter Planting Begins


It's time to harvest the last of the summer crops in the WTTW garden before the first frost.

Toni Preckwinkle on 2017 Budget Goals, Soda Tax


A penny-per-ounce soda tax could be coming to Cook County. We talk with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about that and her 2017 budget goals.

Inside Out: New Book Spotlights Great Chicago Interiors


A new book gives the inside scoop on some of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Horror Flick or a Crime Thriller?’


Just what genre is the new movie about House Speaker Michael Madigan? Hear what viewers had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.