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    Tomatoes that taste like mid-summer in early spring

    If you love tomatoes, you know how hard it is to get good ones this time of year. Well, not anymore. About an hour-and-a-half west of Chicago, there are summer tasting tomatoes growing on Illinois farmland, as far as the eye can see.  Tomato connoisseur Micah Materre has that story. You can find MightyVine tomatoes in most major grocery stores. And, they’re working with the city of Chicago to get them into farmers’ markets this spring and early summer.  There are […]

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    Toronzo Cannon: Blues man by night, bus driver by day

    Here in the city where Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Buddy Guy electrified the blues, there’s a player on the scene who’s putting a new charge in the old sounds.   And yet this talented artist and songwriter is also just another working stiff.  WGN’s Steve Sanders introduces us to Toronzo Cannon.     Alligator Records artists like Toronzo, Shemekia Copeland, and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials will open this years blues fest on June 10th at Grant Park. […]

  • 2015 Chicago Blues Fest Tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon

    CHICAGO — Chicago Blues Festival starts tomorrow in Grant Park. Blues greats Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters performed at Chicago’s very first blues fest in 1969. And as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, family and former band mates are converging on the city for a centennial tribute. (Harmonica solo) It’s mid-day on a Wednesday; a time many blues musicians sleep. But not today. “In my opinion, blues is the most powerful music on the planet. It’s the most universal.” Billy Branch, […]

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    Chicago’s Very Own Buddy Guy, a living legend

    If there’s such a sound as “authentic” Chicago blues, there’s one player, one man, one artist who still delivers that musical genre like no one else. Steve Sanders give us the story of living Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy. Plus, watch Buddy Guy and Steve Sanders rock out together: From the WGN archives, January 2012

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    Tom Skilling looks ahead to spring weather

    Forecasters were spot on with the Chicago area’s winter outlook last fall that predicted milder than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.  With a relatively easy winter, what might spring bring? WGN’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling has been looking at what the science is saying about March, April, and May. Spring doesn’t officially begin until Sunday, March 20th. But, we typically think of all of March, April, and May as the months of spring. Long range forecasting is still a […]

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    Are surveillance cameras making Chicago safer?

    The number of surveillance cameras in Chicago has grown from just 30 in 2003 to tens of thousands now. The city says it has access to some 26,000 cameras, while the ACLU estimates it could be almost double that number. What impact are these cameras having on crime in Chicago? And what protections and policies are in place to make sure they're not being misused? WGN's Gaynor Hall reports in tonight's Cover Story.

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    Chicago children of gun violence, in their own words

    Nearly every day, we tell you about the shootings plaguing Chicago. But after the crime scene is cleared and the cameras are gone, what happens to the children who’ve survived gun violence? In tonight’s Cover Story, Gaynor Hall tells us how helping these children could shape the city’s future. Young survivors in their own words. One of the kids you’ll hear from tonight we first told you about in March after a shooting ripped his family apart. We talked with him, […]

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    Angels among us: A suburban Chicago man’s heroic acts unite two faith communities

    The heroic acts of a suburban Chicago man have united two faith communites.

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    Preventing suicides in the black community

    CHICAGO — Shame, isolation, embarrassment. These are just some of the emotions facing families who have lost loved ones to suicide.  It’s tough to talk about. But in tonight’s Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to a mother who says it’s a conversation that has to happen, especially in the Black community. On Elm Street in south suburban Flossmoor, behind the picture, there is pain. Elizabeth Gerald lost a child to suicide this summer. “When my daughter died, my […]

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    War Stories from Vietnam Combat Photographers

    All week we’ve been telling “Untold Stories” as a salute to veterans of the Vietnam war. Virtually all of those stories contained photographs and film from an elite group of photographers known as DASPO.  DASPO is short for “Department of the Army Special Photographic Unit.”  Hundreds of men willingly signed up for this dangerous assignment, to stand in the line of fire and capture the “Faces of War.”  Here are the stories of still photographer Dick Durrance, and combat cameraman […]