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Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks Legend, Dies at 78

Stan Mikita appears on “Chicago Tonight” in 2011.

The Chicago Blackhawks legend played 22 seasons with the team, and is the franchise leader in assists, points and games played. He died Tuesday.

Joel Weisman Throws Out 1st Pitch at White Sox vs. Yankees on Monday

Former “Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review” host Joel Weisman throws out the first pitch Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

After more than six months of anticipation, the former “Week in Review” host throws out the ceremonial first pitch as the White Sox took on the New York Yankees.

Loyola Ramblers’ 1963 NCAA Win Also a Story of Racial Justice

Jerry Harkness, Loyola basketball (1960-1963)

Loyola University Chicago’s NCAA Cinderella story has put the Ramblers in the national spotlight once again. We remember the 1963 championship team.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Keep Up With the Times Chicago’

Your thoughts on a new model of car-sharing that may come to Chicago called “free-floating” car-sharing.

Viewer Feedback: ‘These Cages Must be Outlawed Across the U.S.’

Viewers react to our story about where Trader Joe’s gets some of its pork products.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Sitting Here Sobbing’

Your heartfelt reaction to Jay Shefsky’s story about five men with intellectual disabilities living together in Park Ridge.

Viewer Feedback: ‘We Must Develop Public Transportation’

Our story about so-called “congestion pricing” has a lot of you talking. We read comments from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Week in Review: Celebrating Joel Weisman

| Alexandra Silets

A special hourlong presentation celebrates Joel Weisman’s 40th anniversary as host – and his final appearance at the helm of the show he helped create. “For four decades, Fridays have always been my favorite day of the week,” he says.

Joel Weisman Looks Back on 40 Years as Host of ‘The Week in Review’

“Chicago Week in Review,” 1980 (Chicago Tonight)

The award-winning journalist talks about his astonishing four decades at the helm of his groundbreaking show on WTTW.

Chicago Bears’ Luck Runs Out: Coin Toss Winning Streak Ends at 14

U.S. Army officers oversee a coin toss on Nov. 16, 2014 between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

You could say it was flipping amazing while it lasted, but at Soldier Field on Monday night, the Bears coin toss winning streak ended at 14 in a row.

Chicago Bears’ Winning Streak Advances to 14 … Coin Flips

U.S. Army officers oversee a coin toss on Nov. 16, 2014 between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

The likelihood of correctly calling 14 coin tosses in a row is 1 in 16,384—or about as likely as Bears fans longing for the return of Rex Grossman. In light of the Bears’ current streak, we crunch the numbers.

Colorful White Sox Broadcaster, MLB Vet Jimmy Piersall Dies

Photo of Maury Wills, Milton Berle, Jimmy Piersall and Willie Mays in a salute to baseball on the television program “The Hollywood Palace.”

When Jimmy Piersall joined the Chicago White Sox broadcast booth in 1977, no one had ever heard anyone like him on the air. Colorful and brash, Piersall took the concept of “telling it like it is” to a new level.

Bulls, Cubs Lose Key Architects of Past Success

Jerry Krause, Dallas Green Ushered in New Eras for Chicago Teams

Jerry Krause died Tuesday. He was 77 years old. (Courtesy of Chicago Bulls)

There was a time when Chicago sports teams were synonymous with losing. This week, the city lost two men who helped change that perception.

Chicago Cubs to Battle Rival St. Louis Cardinals in Historic NL Division Series

| Sean Keenehan

There were celebrations on the field last night in Pittsburgh—and on the streets of Wrigleyville. But in order have a repeat of those parties, the Cubs now need to get by the 100-win, archrival Cardinals, starting tomorrow night in St. Louis. How did the Cubs manage to shut-out the Pirates? And what are the chances that they can keep it going all the way to the World Series? Joining us to ponder those questions is Lester Munson, a senior writer for

Chicago Cubs Playoff Scenarios: North Side Believers or Overachievers?

| Sean Keenehan
Kris Bryant

It's been a magical season for the Chicago Cubs: a Sunday night no-hitter added to one of the best records in baseball, and a likely playoff appearance. Joining us to take a closer look at what's been going right on the North Side–and what's ahead–is Chicago Tribune baseball writer Paul Sullivan.

Stanley Cup Hat Trick

| Kristen Thometz

For the third time in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup Champions. Duncan Keith is the playoff MVP and scores the game-winning goal in the decisive Game 6. Associated Press National Sportswriter Jim Litke joins us to talk about how they did it, put the team's accomplishments in historical perspective, and look at whether or not they could do it again next year.

Blackhawks’ Quest for the Stanley Cup

| Kristen Thometz

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. We break down the first three games of the series and look ahead to Wednesday's Game 4 in Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks Gear Up for Stanley Cup Final

For the third time in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. The Western Conference champions face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. We discuss the matchup with a former Blackhawks player.

Cubs Hire Maddon

He’s considered one of the best managers in baseball. Today, the Cubs introduced Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history. Maddon replaces Rick Renteria, who was hired just one year ago. 

Web Extra: Cubs First Night Game

On Aug. 8, 1988, 25 years ago tonight, history was made at Wrigley Field with the first scheduled night game in the history of the storied ballpark. Watch Chicago Tonight's coverage of the event in this web extra video from our archives.

Blackhawks President & GM on Stanley Cup Win

The Stanley Cup visits WTTW studios! Blackhawks President John McDonough and General Manager Stan Bowman join us. View a behind-the-scenes slideshow.

Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

For the second time in three years, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup Champions. They beat the Bruins in dramatic fashion late in the third period last night in Boston. We recap the wild series clincher and the historic Hawks season.

Recap of Blackhawks OT Win & Preview of What's Ahead

The Blackhawks survive a wild night in Boston, emerging with a 6-5 overtime victory. What's next in this back and forth Stanley Cup Finals series? We preview Saturday's Game 5 at the United Center.