High-end designers have always been eager to dress the superstar soprano for both stage roles and concert performances. Renée Fleming tells us about those one-of-a kind creations.
Stories by Eddie Arruza
FoodQ Pilot Program Delivers Healthy Meals to Chicago Food Deserts
Mar 28, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
How a new meal delivery pilot program is trying to reduce hospital and doctor visits in Chicago neighborhoods where healthy eating is out of reach.
40th Ward Candidate Forum: Incumbent Ald. O’Connor vs. Vasquez
Mar 25, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
In 2015, 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O’Connor easily won re-election. But the second-longest-serving member of the Chicago City Council is now in one of the most contentious runoff races in the city. He and challenger Andre Vasquez join us.
Renée Fleming Reflects on 25 Years with Lyric Opera
Mar 20, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
One of the world’s most renowned opera singers is marking a landmark anniversary in Chicago. We speak with superstar soprano Renée Fleming.
Striking CSO Musicians Get Superstar Support
Mar 12, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
Instead of being in rehearsal Tuesday morning with their superstar conductor Riccardo Muti, most of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 106 musicians joined forces with him on the sidewalk outside the concert hall.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Goes on Strike as Contract Talks Collapse
Mar 11, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
While saying their negotiations have been “respectful and cordial,” the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and their management dug in Monday in what could be a prolonged strike.
Desert Plant Raising the Roof of its Chicago Home
Mar 4, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
For more than half a century, a plant at the Garfield Park Conservatory has been growing slowly and imperceptibly. Until last fall. We visit the rapidly ascending century plant.
Chicago Aldermanic Races Yield Some Stunning Upsets
Feb 27, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
Several incumbent aldermen were voted out of office and others are headed into a runoff. And despite scandals and investigations, some others prevailed.
Chicago Election Has Potential to Change Face of City Council
Feb 26, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
With 160 candidates running for alderman, the Chicago City Council could be seeing a major makeover in May.
There Are 150-Plus Aldermanic Candidates. Here Are 6 Wards to Watch.
Feb 25, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
In addition to the very competitive and crowded mayoral contest, voters in all 50 wards are voting for alderman as well. We highlight some of the races to watch.
Venezuelans in Chicago Hope for Change in Their Homeland
Feb 13, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
A growing number of Venezuelans fleeing the turmoil in their country are finding a new life in Chicago. But they’re keeping a close eye on their homeland, with the hopes that change is about to take place.
‘Missing’ Uptown Chandeliers to Make Their Way Back Home
Feb 7, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
After decades of neglect and decay, Chicago’s historic Uptown Theater is finally being brought back to life. And some of the original light fixtures – painstakingly restored – will soon make their way back to the 1925 movie palace.
The Dangerous Beauty of ‘Chiberia’
Jan 30, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
Chicago is seldom brought to its knees by brutal weather conditions, but Wednesday was a rare exception. And while subzero temperatures made the outdoors dangerous, they also created extreme beauty.
Snowstorm Likely a Prelude to More Dangerous Weather
Jan 28, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
How Chicagoans handled a snowy start to the week – and how the city is preparing for worsening conditions.
Federal Courts in Chicago in Triage Mode as Shutdown Trudges On
Jan 22, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
The chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois speaks out on the effect the shutdown is having on the federal courts.
Federal Employees in Chicago Turn to Food Pantries for Help
Jan 21, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
A growing number of federal workers in Chicago are turning to food pantries as the government shutdown enters its second month.
Historic Black Marines in Danger of Losing South Side Veterans Hall
Jan 15, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
They were among the first African-Americans to be accepted into the U.S. Marines Corps. Now, surviving members of the Montford Point Marines fear they could lose their veterans hall in Englewood.
Rediscovered 15th Century Songbook Produces ‘New’ Songs
Jan 10, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
Nearly 50 short love songs, all handwritten in the tiny Leuven Songbook, were apparently lost for centuries until their fateful rediscovery in 2014. Now, some of the songs are being brought back to life in Chicago.
No Signs of Sickout Among Chicago TSA Agents
Jan 8, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
The federal shutdown is causing a lot of worries among government employees, including TSA agents. How workers in Chicago are reacting.
Farthest Object Ever Explored Comes into View on New Year’s Day
Jan 2, 2019 | Eddie Arruza
Ultima Thule, the relatively tiny object in the outer solar system, is now the farthest cosmic body to be reached by humans. We hear from the lead scientist behind the farthest flyby ever.
Apollo 8 Astronauts Recount Historic Mission at ‘Rocket Men’ Book Launch
Dec 20, 2018 | Eddie Arruza
A Chicago reunion of the Apollo 8 astronauts as a new book by local author Robert Kurson celebrates the historic first human flight to the moon.
New Chicago Ordinance Aimed at Encouraging, Regulating Pop-Ups
Dec 17, 2018 | Eddie Arruza
The concept of pop-up businesses is not new, but a city initiative to regulate them is. We visit several Chicago pop-ups that are open for business in this new era of retail.
NASA Reaches New Heights: Mars, Asteroid Bennu and Ultima Thule
Dec 13, 2018 | Eddie Arruza
From amazing new vistas of Mars to a little rover bouncing on a distant asteroid, an exploration of recent achievements in outer space with Adler Planetarium astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz.
Chicago’s Historic Newberry Library Unveils New Look, Exhibition
Dec 12, 2018 | Eddie Arruza
As one of Chicago’s oldest and most prestigious institutions unveils a new look, it also looks back at an event that transformed the city.
Illinois’ Bicentennial: People, Places and Things to Celebrate
Dec 3, 2018 | Eddie Arruza
From its majestic rivers to Lake Michigan, and sky-high architecture to vast, fertile prairies, there really is no other state like Illinois.
Chicagoans Celebrate Landing of Latest Mars Probe
Nov 26, 2018 | Eddie Arruza
It took six months, a voyage of 300 million miles and a final “seven minutes of terror,” but NASA’s InSight spacecraft on Monday touched down on Mars in a landing the craft’s chief engineer called “flawless.”