Stories by Dan Andries

Battling COVID-19: Filmmaker Spends Month in Hospital, Weeks in Rehab

Documentary filmmaker Gordon Quinn was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent a month in the hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator multiple times. He shares his story.

Live Music Venues Find Innovative Ways to Reach Audiences During Pandemic

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They must remain closed to the public under the governor’s stay-at-home order, but live music venues in Illinois can now allow small numbers of musicians and staff inside to record and livestream performances. 

Can’t Stop the Comedy: Performers Adapt to COVID-19

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It’s said laughter is the best medicine, and while that might not be part of the CDC’s official guidelines, comedians everywhere are reaching out to audiences online, hoping for some connection and a lot of laughter.

How Area Hospitals are Maintaining Their Supply Chains

Swedish Hospital in Chicago (WTTW News)

The global economic shutdown has impacted industries across the board, but hospital supply chains have been hit especially hard — and months into the pandemic, it remains a day-to-day challenge.

A Preview of New PBS Documentary ‘Asian Americans’

A still image from the PBS series “Asian Americans.”

From stories of Chinese railroad workers to the success of politicians and activists, the new five-part series highlights the stories of people from India and Turkey as well as China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.

Meet Margaret Storey, Illinois’ Mother of the Year

(Photo courtesy Margaret Storey)

Many moms have been feeling the brunt of the pandemic, managing child care and home-schooling on top of full-time jobs. One local mom’s ability to care for her daughter while helping families across the state has gotten special notice.

How Will the Chicago Arts Scene Survive the Pandemic?

Theater seats are empty across the city in the age of COVID-19. (WTTW News)

The pandemic has put a record number of people out of work. How are artists making ends meet, and what are the city’s arts groups doing to survive the stay-at-home order and the economic downturn?

High School Students Share Lessons Learned from Staying Home

Crowded hallways are a thing of the past in the era of remote learning. (WTTW News)

What are high school students really learning during this time of stay-at-home orders and remote learning? Maybe more than lesson plans intended.

Tech Giants’ Plan to Track COVID-19 Raises Privacy Concerns

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As governors grapple with the question of when to reopen their states, the need for a wide-scale contact tracing effort is at the top of many experts’ lists. Help may be on the way, but it’s getting a lot of scrutiny.

Chicago Film Critics Weigh in on Oscars 2020, CFCA Awards

Angelica Jade Bastién and Alejandro Riera appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 6, 2020. (WTTW News)

Brad Pitt is expecting to grab his first Oscar ever this Sunday night. Two local film critics share their predictions for this year’s awards.

Stanley Tigerman, Renowned Chicago Architect, Dies at 88

Stanley Tigerman, a Chicago architect and director of Archeworks, a school he co-founded with interior designer Eva Maddox, addresses graduates. (ChicagoEye / Flickr)

Stanley Tigerman was as famous for his personality as he was for his buildings, private homes and public buildings that showed post-modernism’s tendency for humor, irreverence and invention. 

Innovative Duo Made Big Impact on Chicago’s Advertising Landscape

(Credit: Dorothy and Otis Shepherd)

Husband-and-wife designers Dorothy and Otis Shepard brought a fresh, modern look to billboards, subway cards, advertising – and even the Chicago Cubs.

What’s In a Name? At Buffalo Grove High School, Grief – and Solace

Buffalo High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Bennett

A suburban high school struggling with the death of three teachers commissions an orchestral work to help the healing process.

Art Institute Highlights Revolutionary Art from Soviet Union

El Lissitzky. “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge,” 1920. Ne boltai! Collection.

An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago features the artistic outpouring of Russian artists after the October Revolution of 1917, the coup that brought the Soviet Union into being more than a century ago.

Art Institute Highlights Revolutionary Art from Soviet Union

El Lissitzky. “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge,” 1920. Ne boltai! Collection.

An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago features the artistic outpouring of Russian artists after the October Revolution of 1917, the coup that brought the Soviet Union into being more than a century ago.

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Goodman Theatre Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The cast of “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

The Goodman Theatre marks its 40th year of presenting the holiday classic with some new actors, some new interpretations and new ways to bring in audiences.  

Floating Museum Begins its 3-Month Journey Up the Chicago River

There’s a new floating attraction along Chicago’s Riverwalk. We go for a look.

A Walk in the Woods? Try a Flying Leap at New Zip Line Course

There's something new to do in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, but it will test the upper body strength of anyone brave enough to try it–and it might put a dent in your pocketbook.

Chef Rick Bayless Talks Mexican Wine, New Restaurant and Recipes

Chef Rick Bayless joins us to talk about the wines of Mexico, his latest restaurant, and new dishes and drinks.

Pinball Resurgence Keeps Elk Grove Village Factory Humming

Pinballs from Stern's company are destined for spots across the U.S. and around the world. (Dan Andries / Chicago Tonight)

An inside look at the world of pinball machines with the president of the world's largest pinball company, Gary Stern. 

Old Main Post Office: Troubled Giant on Brink of Transformation

Chicago's old main post office. (Brianbobcat / Creative Commons)

The building that thousands of cars drive under every day will be turned into commercial office space. Looking at the future of a building that's been empty since 1997. 

Community Activists Share Expectations for Obama Library

The site for the Obama Presidential library has been chosen and now community activists tell us what they expect as the project moves forward.

Cartoonists of the Gilded Age on Display at Driehaus Museum

Revisit the wry cartoons of the turn of the century satirical magazine, Puck.

Tips for Midsummer Gardens, from Planting to Pruning to Harvesting

Jeanne Nolan, the Organic Gardener

The WTTW organic garden is growing at an astonishing pace, with sweet corn towering over the plot and many vegetables ready for the grill. But if your own garden–like ours–is looking a little too lush, not to worry: There are easy ways to tame it, says Jeanne Nolan, the Organic Gardener.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Poised to be Donald Trump’s Running Mate

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump (Trump photo by Michael Vadon / Flickr)

It's almost official: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is reportedly going to be Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate. WBEZ fills us in on what it means for Indiana and the nation.