| May 7, 2015
| 9:17 AM
Let someone else cut off the crusts on Mother's Day. It's the most popular brunch day of the year, according to the National Restaurant Association. But that's not the only way, or day, to make mom feel like the queen she really is. From mimosas to...
| May 6, 2015
| 7:31 AM
Not since the Jean Martinon era has the Chicago Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a particularly strong identification with French music. The orchestra's necessarily central allegiance to the Austro-German symphonic tradition has had much to do with that. So...
| May 5, 2015
| 6:20 PM
It's destined to be Chicago's architectural commission of the decade, a building that gives physical form to the soaring ideals of the nation's first African-American president.
Which begs the question: Who will design it?
In the run-up to next...
| May 2, 2015
| 5:00 AM
In a prelude to its 50th anniversary celebration, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art released Swiss architect Peter Zumthor's most recent plan to expand the museum at the end of March. County money has been earmarked, and there's a sense that LACMA...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 2:26 PM
Amid the excitement over the news Tuesday that the Art Institute of Chicago will receive its largest-ever art gift, $400 million worth of postwar works donated by Chicago philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, the art itself may have taken a back...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 5:32 AM
A major private contemporary art collection with a value estimated at $400 million is being donated to the Art Institute of Chicago by local philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, in what the museum is calling the largest gift of art in its history...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 6:00 AM
More than a dozen top Chicago chefs will join forces June 4 for the Chefs' Playground, a fundraising event for the Academy for Global Citizenship.
The ACG is a Chicago Public Charter School on the city's Southwest Side.
Chaired by chef Tony Mantuano...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 6:05 PM
Kanye West has a complicated history with higher education.
He studied painting for a hot minute at the American Academy of Art on Michigan Avenue; then English at Chicago State University, where his mother, Donda, was chair of the English department....
| Mar 11, 2015
| 12:32 PM
"Selfie sticks" have now been banned at a growing list of global tourist attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, a French Palace and a British museum.
The devices are used to improve snapshots, but critics say they are obnoxious and...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 8:46 AM
1891: Born Archibald John Motley Jr. in New Orleans on Oct. 7 to Mary Huff Motley and Archibald John Motley Sr.
1894: Motley family moves to Chicago.
1914-18: Motley studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He's pardoned from military...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 6:44 AM
The high school students stood in front of "Nighthawks," the real version of the 1942 Edward Hopper painting they'd previously studied in a digital incarnation. Somebody pointed an iPhone toward them, and pressed record.
"What can I get you guys?"...