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Stories by Eddie Arruza

Lyric Opera Orchestra Ratifies New Contract

Members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra strike on Oct. 9, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Following a five-day strike that forced the cancellation of three performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the company’s orchestra ratified a new contract Sunday.

Behind the Scenes with ‘Tootsie’ Stars Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper

Lilli Cooper and Santino Fontana

A song-and-dance version of the 1982 movie “Tootsie” has its pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago. We speak with two of the show’s stars.

Chicago’s Historic Newberry Library Unveils New Look, Exhibition

As one of Chicago’s oldest and most prestigious institutions unveils a new look, it also looks back at the event that transformed the city.

Plan for National Museum of Gospel Music in Bronzeville Moves Forward

Organizers say they are making progress on a new museum of gospel music planned for the former Pilgrim Baptist Church site in Bronzeville. 

Jon Burge, Disgraced Former Police Commander, Dies at 70

Jon Burge (Chicago Tonight file photo)

His name will forever be associated with police brutality in Chicago, yet he never faced criminal charges for the torture he allegedly ordered and took part in. Jon Burge died Wednesday at his home in Florida.

Country’s Only Mosaic School Pieces Together New Home in Edgewater

Mosaic work on display at the Chicago Mosaic School. (Eddie Arruza / Chicago Tonight)

One of the oldest forms of art is still practiced throughout the world, but there is only one school in the United States where it’s taught. We go for a visit.

On 50th Anniversary, New Photos Shed Light on Tumult of Chicago DNC

Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

Remembering the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, as captured by two local photographers.

Hardworking Canines at O’Hare Sniff Out Drugs, Contraband

Rusty, an agriculture detection dog, sits next to contraband found on July 24, 2018 at an Air France cargo warehouse at O’Hare International Airport. (Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The opioid crisis in the United States is being fought on many fronts. And one is at O’Hare airport. Meet some of the best four-legged customs enforcers in the world.

Country’s Only Mosaic School Pieces Together New Home in Edgewater

Mosaic work on display at the Chicago Mosaic School. (Eddie Arruza / Chicago Tonight)

One of the oldest forms of art is still practiced throughout the world, but there is only one school in the United States where it’s taught. We go for a visit.

Jamie Bernstein Recalls Life with ‘Lenny’ in ‘Famous Father Girl’

Jamie Bernstein (Credit: Steve J. Sherman)

Jamie Bernstein on her new book and Ravinia performance remembering her famous father, Leonard Bernstein.

Major Transformation Coming to Chicago’s 75th Street Train Corridor

Chicago is the crossroads of rail traffic in the U.S., but the area’s railroad infrastructure has failed to keep up with increasing traffic. How a new project will address one of the biggest problems in Chicago’s antiquated rail system.

Fatal Police-Involved Shooting Prompts 3rd Night of Community Protests

A still image taken from body camera footage released Sunday, July 15, 2018, by the Chicago Police Department shows a fatal police-involved shooting one day earlier.

Chicago police release body camera video of a fatal shooting by one of their own, but it’s not enough to stop more community protests. A live report from the South Shore neighborhood.

Apollo 8 Astronauts Recount Historic Mission at ‘Rocket Men’ Book Launch

Commander Colonel Frank Borman leads the way as he, Command Module Pilot Captain James A Lovell Jr., and Lunar Module Pilot Major William A. Anders head to the launch pad for humanity’s maiden voyage around the moon and its first aboard the Saturn V vehicle, developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Image credit: NASA)

The Apollo 8 astronauts reunite in Chicago as a new book by local author Robert Kurson celebrates the historic first human flight to the moon.

Shedd Aquarium’s New Exhibit is All About Beauty

The saddled puffer is one of 100 species that can be seen in “Underwater Beauty.” (Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)

If, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder is given a lot to admire at the Shedd Aquarium’s newest exhibit, “Underwater Beauty.”

Journalists Express Admiration for Elizabeth Brackett

We celebrate the career of Elizabeth Brackett with journalists who worked alongside her at WTTW: retired “Chicago Tonight” correspondent Rich Samuels, along with Carol Marin, Phil Ponce and Paris Schutz.

Broadway Actor Len Cariou Reminisces About Sondheim, ‘Sweeney Todd’

The legendary Broadway actor brings his one-man show “Broadway and the Bard” to Chicago. Len Cariou joins us in discussion.

Karen Lewis Undergoes Brain Surgery, Source Says

Karen Lewis appears on Chicago Tonight on Sept. 5, 2017.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis reportedly told friends “the cancer is back” before undergoing surgery Wednesday.

‘Race’ Exhibition Challenges Visitors to Rethink the Concept

Chicago History Museum curator Joy Bivins

What does race mean to you? An exhibit at the Chicago History Museum asks visitors to consider how much we focus on race every day, whether we realize it or not.

Shedd Aquarium’s New Exhibit is All About Beauty

The saddled puffer is one of 100 species that can be seen in “Underwater Beauty.” (Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)

If, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder is given a lot to admire at the Shedd Aquarium’s newest exhibit, “Underwater Beauty.” We get a preview.

‘Chasing New Horizons’ the Untold Drama Behind Pluto Mission

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015.

Meet the authors of a new tell-all book that reveals the incredible story behind the little spacecraft that was the first to explore Pluto.

Women-Only Coworking Spaces Get Red-Carpet Welcome in Chicago

An organization in New York City that doesn’t allow men is under investigation for discrimination. But in Chicago, women-only coworking spaces are on the rise.

Harvard Scientist: Climate Change May Be Worse Than We Think

Daniel Schrag (Credit: Stu Rosner / Harvard Magazine)

“While climate change may not yet have had its huge impact on biodiversity, just wait,” says Harvard professor Daniel Schrag. “What’s coming is really extraordinary.”

Conservative Author David Frum on the US as a ‘Trumpocracy’

Prominent conservative author and commentator David Frum talks about his new best-selling book “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of The American Republic.”

Newly Rediscovered Historic House in Wilmette Faces Uncertain Future

An historic house from the 1933 Century of Progress is among the buildings on Landmarks Illinois 2018 most endangered list. We revisit our tour of the long-forgotten house.

Adler Planetarium Opens Vault, Reveals Astronomical Treasures

From Chicago’s first major telescope, to the most sophisticated scientific instrument of the 12th century, a look at some seen and unseen treasures at the Adler Planetarium.