| Nov 29, 2013
Forget about Black Friday and Even Blacker Thursday. If you want a shopping experience with educational appeal that also gives you a feel-good glow, make the gift shops at museums and other cultural institutions a destination this season. In addition to...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Be honest. When you get city-branded gifts like an “I Love NYC” t-shirt or a “Chicago Rocks” coffee mug, you just want to roll your eyes and exclaim in exasperation, “Gee, thanks so much for thinking of me.”
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:38 AM
American Chamber Opera: Bizet's ever-popular "Carmen" is updated to a modern Chicago setting. Through Sunday, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St.; $30-$50, $20 for seniors; 773-363-7965, americanchamberopera.org
Avalon String Quartet: The ensemble...
| Nov 21, 2013
In 1966, Claes Oldenburg created the perfect 2013 comfort meal. Chances are, this was not his intention. He made a 10-foot-wide fried egg. It occupies the last gallery of “Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine,” the...
| Nov 18, 2013
Nancy Hough Brennan helped make Chicago a better place through her work with many of the city's charitable and cultural organizations, including what is now United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a longtime...
| Nov 14, 2013
Golfer Jeff Sluman last month sold his four-bedroom condo in a North Lake Shore Drive high-rise on the Gold Coast for $1.2 million.
Sluman, 56, who plays on the Champions Tour, has won many pro golf tournaments, including the 1988 PGA Championship.
| Nov 14, 2013
"Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine" is comfort food for the eyes. Perfectly timed for the holiday season, the exhibition features more than a hundred food-related artworks and objects from the 18th through 20th centuries: paintings,...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 8:20 PM
Only about a year has passed since Ben Medansky started his own studio, but already his cheeky wabi sabi ceramics have landed on the shelves of stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
“Ceramics is something you do every day,&...
| Nov 7, 2013
Add Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler to the list of tech industry stars who made their millions elsewhere and then moved back to Chicago to be near family.
OpenTable founder Chuck Templeton relocated after his wife wanted to move back to be closer to...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Chicago Opera Theater audiences are accustomed to being transported to places they've never been before. But even at that, the company's upcoming performances of Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" will ask them to take a very big plunge.
| Oct 30, 2013
With Halloween almost here, you're probably on the lookout for truly terrifying costumes.
But you can forget about vampires. Yes, they were once scary creatures, back when Americans commonly believed that all of us had souls.
These days, though,...
| Oct 20, 2013
The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated its 40th anniversary Oct. 12 with Nothing Is As It Appears, a masked ball attended by 370 at the Modern Wing.
Inspired by surrealist Magritte, actors from Collaboraction Theatre Company...