| Feb 11, 2013
| 8:49 AM
CHICAGO - It's sleek, shiny and sensational.
But let's add two more words to describe Chicago for tourists: darn expensive.
On Feb. 1, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago jumped to $23 for out-of-state visitors. In the past month, a host of...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
The funny thing is, Pablo Picasso never even set foot in Chicago, let alone anywhere else in the United States.
That untitled 50-foot-tall sculpture in Daley Plaza, the city's most iconic piece of public art as well as Picasso's only work of its kind?...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 10:18 AM
Several of the city's major cultural institutions announced plans Tuesday to join together this fall for a "citywide celebration of arts and culture."
Dubbed “Expo Art Week,” the event is set to encompass museum and gallery exhibitions,...
| 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,&...
| Aug 8, 2013
Under the ultralow lighting in The Bedford's subterranean bar sits a gleaming bowl, filled with ice and a pale, jade-colored liquid that promises a little respite from the steamy-hot, sun-bright and noisy nearby intersection at Ashland and Division....
| Aug 10, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Some homes come together in a snap. Others require a little more thought. And then, there are those that are weighed, debated ... pondered. Which was the approach a Chicago couple utilized — time and time again — while buying, renovating and...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:18 AM
Baltimore City's Cylburn Arboretum is an artist's paradise, which is why painter Patricia Bennett has been drawn to the 207-acre grounds of trees and gardens since 2005.
But unlike other artists who dot the landscape of the longtime city park, Bennett,...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Will L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art hire a museum director who actually has experience in running a museum?
The last time it did, Jimmy Carter was president and MOCA was still three years away from opening its doors.
Whether MOCA goes for...
| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions....
| Apr 18, 2013
| 10:56 AM
“It's not ‘rah, rah, rah,'” Gemze de Lappe says in explaining how you sing “Oklahoma!”
The 91-year-old de Lappe hops up from her chair and stoops, bowing low and dusting the air with her hands as if foraging through...