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Chicago Tonight: O'Hare Expansion

O'Hare airport with the Chicago skyline in the background.
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O'Hare airport with the Chicago skyline in the background.

Full program includes:

  • City’s Goals for O’Hare Expansion Include More Gates, Competition
  • Jonathan Biss, Acclaimed Pianist, on His ‘Obsessive’ Approach to Music
  • Viewer Feedback: ‘The Ban Is Unacceptable’


Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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