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On this date, 35 years ago, “Chicago Tonight” was born. Watch the premiere episode, featuring an interview with John Callaway and Mayor Harold Washington.

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As we approach the 30th anniversary of his death, a discussion about the legacy of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington with local filmmaker Joe Winston and former news anchor Robin Robinson.

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(Courtesy of N’DIGO)

From the obvious game changers to the surprising—and controversial—a new book by the publisher of N’DIGO profiles the biggest Chicago icons.

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Whether it was dancing with a polka queen or meeting with protesters, Mayor Harold Washington was always smiling. We celebrate Chicago’s first and so far only African-American mayor with the signature drink, How’s Harold?

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David Adjaye

“Buildings can transform. They can change places. They can change the perception of places." That was architect David Adjaye’s message to a group of about 20 community leaders he met with on Tuesday at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

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As the city grapples with issues of race and equality in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video, today marks the 28th anniversary of the death of Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington.

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In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we revisit John Callaway’s interview with Harold Washington on April 24, 1984—the very first episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Chicago’s premiere live, nightly news program turns 30 today. We look back at the inaugural show and 30 years of keeping you connected with the city and its community.  

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On Chicago Tonight’s 29th birthday, travel back to April 24, 1984 to watch our very first episode.

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We take a look at the political career and legacy of Chicago's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington.

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Harold Washington in a January 29, 1985 interview with John Callaway on Chicago Tonight.

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Harold Washington and John Callaway in the very first episode of Chicago Tonight on April 24, 1984.

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Mayor Harold Washington answers audience questions in Chicago Feedback, hosted by John Callaway on January 17, 1984.

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Mayor Harold Washington discusses the city budget with John Callaway on Nov. 16, 1983 in an episode of Callaway Magazine.

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John Callaway moderates Round 3 of the 1983 mayoral debate between Harold Washington, Jane Byrne and Richard M. Daley.

 

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Harold Washington and John Callaway in a March 14, 1977 episode of John Callaway Interviews.

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