Stories by wttw news

June 11, 2024 - Full Show

Prosecutors push for prison time for Chicago’s longest-serving alderperson. One on one with the founder of the animal rights group PETA. And cruising the Chicago River on a kayak conservation tour.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

June 10, 2024 - Full Show

A controversial push to make Chicago’s downtown curfew for teens even earlier. How updating identifying documents could become easier for transgender people. And a look at Illinois’ gun laws in our latest installment of WTTW News Explains. 

Chicago Pride Fest, 2022. (Steven Koch / Northalsted)

2024 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, June 6, 2024 - Full Show

Officials say more than half of the migrants forced to leave city shelters immediately returned. How Latino communities are celebrating Pride. And meet the first Mexican-born woman to travel to space.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, June 5, 2024 - Full Show

Evanston’s groundbreaking reparations program is facing a legal challenge. And Major League Baseball makes a historic move by adding Negro Leagues stats to its records.

June 4, 2024 - Full Show

CPD’s plans to handle mass protests ahead of the DNC. How will Chicago spend the millions in remaining COVID-19 relief dollars? And an uncommon path to law school.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

June 3, 2024 - Full Show

One-on-one with Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch. And upcoming deregulation for locksmiths has some consumer advocates worried. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 30, 2024 - Full Show

A historic Little Village Theater gets landmark status. A child tax credit passes as part of Illinois’ new budget. And meet a group of Latinos embracing the entrepreneurial spirit.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 29, 2024 - Full Show

Residents push back on a proposed trucking hub in North Lawndale. A landmark study seeks to know more about cancer risks and outcomes in Black women. And remembering the founder of a pioneering Chicago theater company.

May 28, 2024 - Full Show

What the state’s $53 billion budget plan could mean for taxpayers. A push to establish a statewide public defender system. And the cicada invasion is here — what to know about our new neighbors.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 23, 2024 - Full Show

School funding and a crackdown on THC — the latest from Springfield. And ahead of Memorial Day weekend, we hear stories from Latinos who served in the military.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 22, 2024 - Full Show

Chicago City Council backs a plan to keep ShotSpotter. And Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s new plan for gun and drug charges tied to traffic stops.

May 21, 2024 - Full Show

Reaction to dramatic changes in how Chicago will fund its public schools going forward. And our Spotlight Politics team on the looming deadline to pass a state budget.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

May 20, 2024 - Full Show

Law enforcement is sounding the alarm on guns that are still in the hand of residents who shouldn’t legally have them. A City Council battle around ShotSpotter. And the cicadas are finally here — what you need to know.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 16, 2024 - Full Show

What’s behind the city’s joblessness rates among Black and Latino youth. Meet the powerful women of an ancient Mexican civilization. And Sueños Music Festival returns.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 15, 2024 - Full Show

Takeaways from Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first year in office. Three Chicago journalists win Pulitzer Prizes. And after 25 years in prison, one man says he’s still fighting to prove his innocence.

May 14, 2024 - Full Show

What’s behind the mass felling of trees at a suburban forest preserve. And eyes are on the Chicago Sky as the WNBA regular season tips off.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

May 13, 2024 - Full Show

A controversial migrant shelter closes on the South Side. The invasion of cicadas is coming soon. And world-renowned opera star Renée Fleming.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 9, 2024 - Full Show

How a funding mishap could impact local after-school programs. And more Latinos are pursuing advanced degrees — we meet a few who are celebrating their graduation this month.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 8, 2024 - Full Show

One on one with the new leader of the state’s embattled Department of Children and Family Services. And uncovering the little-known history of Black ballerinas.

May 7, 2024 - Full Show

A big change to the school funding formula — what it could mean for students and teachers. And how Chicago police are responding to pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

WTTW News Explains political conventions. (WTTW News)

WTTW News Explains: What’s Chicago’s History as a National Political Convention Host?

Chicago is set to host the Democratic National Convention this summer. It will be the city’s 27th time hosting a national political convention. Chicago conventions have been some of the most memorable, raucous and consequential in American history.

Skull of archaeopteryx embedded in rock

Chicago’s Archaeopteryx

A piece of evolutionary history has made its way to the Field Museum. A remarkably preserved Archaeopteryx fossil has been acquired, offering an astonishing window into the transition between dinosaurs and modern birds. This rare and scientifically significant find sheds new light on the origins of flight and the incredible journey of evolution.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

May 6, 2024 - Full Show

Meet Chicago’s first chief homelessness officer. Birds are modern-day dinosaurs — the Field Museum says it now has a rare fossil to prove it.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 2, 2024 - Full Show

In the latest in our “A Safer City” series, we explore the many challenges facing survivors of gun violence and what resources are available on their journeys toward healing.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 1, 2024 - Full Show

Addressing homelessness in the Black community. And Chaz Ebert says it’s time to give a FECK — her new book tells us how.