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Lincoln Park Zoo Lion Sahar Died of Encephalitis Caused by Fungal Infection

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Sahar, Lincoln Park Zoo's 9-year-old male lion, died Sept. 27 while living temporarily at a zoo in Kansas. (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

Sahar, a 9-year-old African lion, arrived in Chicago in 2012 and became a favorite among staff and visitors. He died unexpectedly last month while living at a zoo in Kansas. 

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Sahar, Lincoln Park Zoo's 9-year-old male lion, died Sept. 27 while living temporarily at a zoo in Kansas. (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

‘Southern Exposure’ Expands Chicago’s Architectural Canon

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Lee Bey’s new book explores architectural gems on Chicago’s South Side, such as the University of Chicago’s Law School. (Lee Bey / Northwestern University Press)

In his new book, architecture critic and photographer Lee Bey highlights visually striking and culturally significant sites on Chicago’s South Side that have gone mostly overlooked, he says. 

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Lee Bey’s new book explores architectural gems on Chicago’s South Side, such as the University of Chicago’s Law School. (Lee Bey / Northwestern University Press)

October 17, 2019 - Full Show

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Watch the Oct. 17, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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UK, EU Reach Tentative Brexit Deal; Still Needs Ratification

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks out to greet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

Despite the tentative agreement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must now sell the deal to Parliament. Johnson’s political rivals and even a key ally have already rejected the agreement. 

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks out to greet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings Has Died

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In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. U.S. Rep. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Cummings, who was 68, had been chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. He died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems, according to his office. 

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In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. U.S. Rep. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Chicago Public Schools Teachers to Strike Thursday

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CTU President Jesse Sharkey speaks during a rally Wednesday.

It's official: Chicago Public Schools teachers are going on strike after CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach a contract agreement. Teachers and support staff planned to hit the picket lines at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. 

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CTU President Jesse Sharkey speaks during a rally Wednesday.

Time For Winter Prep in The WTTW Garden

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With winter right around the corner, home gardeners should harvest whatever fruit and vegetables that remain in their garden as soon as possible. Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan shares tips to get your garden ready for the cold season. 

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Front Lawn Art Installations Pay Tribute to Late Chicago Artist

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Late Chicago artist Sabina Ott created the nonprofit Terrain Biennial, a public art event that invites participants to display site-specific exhibits in their front yard. 

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Chicago Zoological Society Honors Wildlife Conservation Leaders

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Lion populations have plummeted in Africa since 1950 as a result of habitat loss and poaching. (Courtesy Susan McConnell)

Colleen and Keith Begg founded an organization that helps maintain the wildlife in the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique, one of the last remaining strongholds for lions in Africa. 

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Lion populations have plummeted in Africa since 1950 as a result of habitat loss and poaching. (Courtesy Susan McConnell)

Parents of CPS Students Sound Off on Teachers Strike

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“Chicago Tonight” speaks with four parents of CPS students who have different opinions about the negotiations between the city and its teachers union. 

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Ask Geoffrey: Sites to See at Open House Chicago

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Northeastern Illnois University’s El Centro campus in Avondale (World Architects / Facebook)

More than 350 buildings open their doors to the public this weekend. Geoffrey Baer takes us behind the scenes of several unique buildings featured as part of Open House Chicago.

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Northeastern Illnois University’s El Centro campus in Avondale (World Architects / Facebook)

Crain’s Headlines: Departed Exelon CEO Gets $7.7M Retirement Package

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Former Exelon CEO Anne Pramaggiore, who retired Tuesday (Exelon / Facebook)

Former Exelon CEO Anne Pramaggiore is in line for $7.7 million in benefits after her abrupt resignation Tuesday amid a federal investigation of the company’s Springfield lobbying practices. 

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Former Exelon CEO Anne Pramaggiore, who retired Tuesday (Exelon / Facebook)

Stardom and Mortality Battle It Out in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

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Hollis Resnik as Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” from Porchlight Music Theatre. (Photo by Michael Courier)

A musical-opera hybrid, “Sunset Boulevard” captures the dual face of Hollywood as a dream factory and a dream destroyer. And it spins the haunting tale of Norma Desmond, an aging, once fabled star.

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Hollis Resnik as Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” from Porchlight Music Theatre. (Photo by Michael Courier)

For First Time in 30 Years, Vinyl Records Being Made in Chicago

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Smashed Plastic in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Ten years ago, less than 2 million records were purchased in the U.S. But last year, nearly 17 million were sold. And now there are records being made in Chicago for the first time in decades. We stop by to see how it’s done.

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Smashed Plastic in Chicago. (WTTW News)

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 17-20

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(Photo by James Richards IV)

An evening parade, baked goods, architectural gems and a paranormal conference usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Photo by James Richards IV)

Joe Maddon Returns to Los Angeles Angels as New Manager

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In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, then-Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar, File)

Maddon agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels’ manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former manager of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career.

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In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, then-Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar, File)

‘There Will Not Be School Tomorrow’: Lightfoot Believes CTU Will Strike

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey appear on “Chicago Tonight,” separately, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2019.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said they believe the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates will vote to go on strike Wednesday evening.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey appear on “Chicago Tonight,” separately, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2019.
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