| May 18, 2014
I headed south from Cleveland in 1976 for a job at a small daily newspaper called the Sun Sentinel. I planned to work there for a couple of years building my journalistic resume before seeking a position on a big-city publication.
I soon realized,...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Leslie Buchbinder comes from money. She knows influence. Her family made its reputation in the refrigeration business, and one of the ways her father invested was by collecting art. They are well-connected in the Chicago art world. In particular, the...
| May 21, 2014
A long time ago, at a studio far, far away, a young filmmaker coming off his first success opted to leave around a half-million dollars in pay on the negotiating table in exchange for more control over the project he was about to begin.
| Mar 31, 2014
| 2:31 PM
It's officially spring. We're deep into pothole season, which, like other holiday seasons, seems to grow longer every year. This pothole season could be the longest yet. Potholes are out of control. The Chicago Department of Transportation said last month...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Roundhouse worker William London is a sight: raccoon eyes, thanks to the goggles he had been wearing; soot on his face, thanks to his job amid coal-burning trains; and a freshly lit cigarette burning in his mouth.
London's is one of the striking...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:29 AM
Poor Basil. He was assaulted by bears. And Kate? She was struck by an ax.
Xerxes was devoured by mice, Victor was squashed by a train, and little Neville met what may be the most painful and terrible fate of all. He died of ennui.
| Apr 5, 2014
| 1:15 PM
You don't have to be a student of drawing to like what Mary Lee Ruff can do with a pencil.
Time and time again over the past few years, this talented Charles H. Taylor Arts Center instructor has demonstrated that — when it comes making art —...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 4:18 PM
Washington crossing the Eisenhower? “Nighthawks” at the bus stop? Come August, American art will be meeting the public in public, with such possible combinations as Grant Wood's “American Gothic” on a subway poster, a Frank Lloyd...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 2:23 PM
In the wall text of an engaging but uneven new architecture show at the Art Institute, there's an imagined conversation between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and an unnamed adviser.
"Sir," the adviser begins, "Chicago is broke. Decades of poor planning have left...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Samantha Hill awaits your input. And awaits.
Then awaits some more.
"I think people know I'm here," she said on a recent afternoon, not sounding all that certain.
She laughed nervously.
The Hyde Park Art Center was quiet. Hill, who is 39 and...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:31 PM
The bigger Drake gets, the more turmoil he feels. Or, in the immortal words of the late Notorious B.I.G., “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.”
Well, boo-hoo, right? It’s difficult to feel sorry for a guy who has had three straight...