| Jun 23, 2011
| 6:08 PM
Passport offers admission to three festivals
The city's "big three" art festivals open soon and with a $19 "Passport to the Arts," art lovers can have unlimited access to all three, plus other perks.
Each Passport includes one-time free parking in the...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
| May 25, 2012
In early 1969, a young artist working in the Nevada desert had an idea for an epic sculpture. Michael Heizer had found a 120-ton boulder in the mountains and wanted to set it above a trench dug in a dry lake bed.
Visitors would be able to walk into the...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 9:12 AM
Chicago's Oldest Living Hipster lives in Edgewater, on the North Side. He is 92 but looks 83. He lives behind a wrought-iron fence, surrounded on all sides by the drabbest of stone-colored apartment complexes.
His home is a small castle, built a...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 4:44 AM
A large drawing hangs behind Doreen Bolger's desk, dripping with the words "Forward in all directions."
The phrase, drawn with bleach on dark paper by Baltimore artist Colin Benjamin, has become something of a mantra for Bolger, the director of the...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:05 AM
The dB's -- one of the greatest, most-overlooked rock bands of the 1980s -- is back together with its original lineup and a new album of fresh material.
For me, this is more exciting than the Beach Boys mending fences with Brian Wilson.
The new dB's...
| Apr 15, 2012
| 3:33 PM
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A French chef selling crepes from a food cart on an Arkansas city street may seem out of place, but business is very good for Crepes Paulette. It's about to get a lot better.
The wagon is parked at the head of a scenic path...
| Aug 4, 2012
To understand Red Hill, Jason Michaud and Trevor Rocco's newish place in a converted Chinese bakery just north of Sunset, you could do worse than to look at the bread-and-butter plate, a once-free nicety that has evolved into an item of competition in L....
| Jan 27, 2012
They wrestle. They race. Tails held high, they welcome newcomers to their play group. Charlie, a Rottweiler, and her Weimaraner buddy, Vincent, are in their glory at Riley's Run dog park. Their masters chat for hours before the pooches collapse, ready for...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Invited to provide a table-setter for the L.A. Art Show, a sprawling and mind-bogglingly diverse annual marketplace and smorgasbord for the eyes, Marilyn Lowey delivered an installation that's cheekily site-specific. Titled "Translating Transitions #4,"...
| Jul 15, 2011
Kimberly Strain, 51. Senior security supervisor. At the Museum of Contemporary Art for eight years. Former owner of a private catering company forced out of business in the wake of 9/11....