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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.

April 30, 2024 - Full Show

Hundreds rally at local universities to support Palestinians amid the war in Gaza. And our Spotlight Politics team unpacks a plan that would merge the Chicago area’s public transit agencies.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

April 29, 2024 - Full Show

Lawmakers pitch a bold plan to merge CTA, Metra and Pace. Pushback to the Bears’ new stadium plans. And Asian American organizers plan a political action day. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 25, 2024 - Full Show

Advocates say huge warehouses and constant truck traffic are hurting Black and Brown communities. And the “physician magician” is here with a new trick up his sleeve.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 24, 2024 - Full Show

Plans for a new Bears stadium on the lakefront. What’s behind changes at Rainbow PUSH. And we look back at the very first “Chicago Tonight” — which aired 40 years ago tonight!

John Callaway interviews then Mayor Harold Washington on “Chicago Tonight” on April 24, 1984. (WTTW News)

‘Chicago Tonight’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary. See How It All Began With Harold Washington Interview

Forty years ago, John Callaway went on the air with the very first edition of “Chicago Tonight.” Watch him interview then Mayor Harold Washington on April 24, 1984.

April 23, 2024 - Full Show

In the latest in our “A Safer City” series, we meet teens working to change the narrative around gun violence and hear from local organizations empowering youth.

April 22, 2024 - Full Show

How much are taxpayers spending to settle lawsuits alleging police misconduct from the 2020 protests? Safety concerns over a swimming event in the Chicago River. And protesters blocking roadways could soon be charged with a felony.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 18, 2024 - Full Show

Cook County suburbs have until tomorrow to apply for funds set aside for migrant assistance. Exploring the health impacts of food deserts. And why repairing Chicago sidewalks may not be as straightforward as you think.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 17, 2024 - Full Show

The history of housing segregation. The latest from today’s Chicago City Council meeting. And a new book on the unraveling of America’s suburbs.

April 16, 2024 - Full Show

The divide widens between Chicago’s top cop and the agency investigating police misconduct. A new WTTW documentary explores “Chicago Mysteries.” And what you need to know about the upcoming cicada invasion.

Amanda Vinicky (WTTW News)

April 15, 2024 - Full Show

The chief medical examiner on supporting the loved ones of missing persons. Navigating neuro-divergence and the path to a diagnosis. And exploring Chicago’s gospel music history. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 11, 2024 - Full Show

Johnson is preparing to call on City Council for additional funds for migrant care. What’s behind increasing suicide rates among Black and Latino Chicagoans. And grab your popcorn — the Chicago Latino Film Festival kicks off today.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 10, 2024 - Full Show

A look at when Chicago police officers are allowed to use force. And community reaction to the police killing of Dexter Reed following the release of graphic body camera footage.

April 9, 2024 - Full Show

Police body camera footage is released in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Dexter Reed. We hear from Reed’s family and the head of the police oversight agency.

Paris Schutz (WTTW News)

April 8, 2024 - Full Show

Crowds gather across the country for the celestial show of the year. And how to have conversations across political divides.

Karen Yarbrough (WTTW News)

Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough Dies at 73

Yarbrough was elected as clerk in 2018 and previously served as a state representative and Cook County’s recorder of deeds.

The 2017 solar eclipse. (Credit: NASA)

Watch Live: NASA Livestream of Solar Eclipse Sweeping Across the US

A total solar eclipse is set to move across the United States Monday afternoon with the path of totality sweeping from Texas up to Maine. Watch as it unfolds with NASA scientists. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 4, 2024 - Full Show

What Chicago is doing to combat a spike in measles cases. Everything you need to know about the solar eclipse that’s just days away. And a Venezuelan artist captures his journey to America.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 3, 2024 - Full Show

Anti-violence programs could be seeing more federal dollars. Exploring country music’s roots in Black culture. And the ex-chair of the state Prisoner Review Board speaks out after a tragic death.

April 2, 2024 - Full Show

Johnson makes a change to his administration. A meeting of two WWII veterans more than 80 years in the making. And we explore the surge of interest in women’s basketball.