| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Chicago's museums aren't the only homes to thought-provoking, inspiring and exceptional works of art.
Consider the bronze sculpture by Christopher Wool called "Untitled (2013)," which stands next to Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. A temporary...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:21 PM
A recent visit to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art discovered in its galleries:
• A photograph depicting a photograph of the photographer's eye as it bathed in a darkroom solution.
• A one-armed 1930s male mannequin in a girl's dress...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 8:56 PM
Lop off your fingers, the new "Star Wars" lightsaber will. Know this, every Jedi knight should.
Happily, I can't write this entire column using a Yoda Speak Generator. So in simple Chicagoese, I'll tell you this: My experts insist that if you use that...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Long before Lollapalooza became a fixture in Grant Park, long before Riot Fest and Pitchfork Music Festival and the myriad other concentrations of cultural events that have come to define the city's warm-weather entertainment scene, there was the...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 3:25 PM
That I have spent more than four decades writing for newspapers has done nothing to enlighten me to the mystery of photography. Working with dozens of men and women with cameras who accompanied me on hundreds of stories, I have watched as they did their...
| Oct 22, 2014
George Lucas' proposed lakefront museum is a bad idea. A really bad idea. And not because it may be illegal, as some lakefront preservationists argue.
That is, even if the museum is perfectly legal, it is perfectly misplaced and ill-conceived.
| Oct 21, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Nearly four months before voters will decide whether he gets a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday night began to detail what his re-election campaign will look like.
The mayor plans to give five policy speeches for what he hopes will be...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 2:32 PM
The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday enjoyed a marathon of a different kind as almost 2,000 runners took advantage of an offer of free admission.
Those numbers helped fuel a visitor surge comparable to the museum's biggest attendance day in 2013,...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Mark Landis didn't become an art imitator for the money. Using his name along with several aliases — he even posed as a Catholic priest — Landis attempted to donate 100 fakes to some 50 institutions in 20 states. And because he has not...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster David Taylor is the soloist, playing Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" on the season opener under the baton of music director Alan Heatherington. Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and Brahms' Fourth Symphony complete the...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:22 PM
On Monday, Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" opens on the main stage of the Goodman Theatre. If you follow theater in Chicago, you might have read something about this remarkable play about a Grand Rapids, Mich., family seen across several generations. It...