| Mar 3, 2015
| 3:52 PM
Happy 178th birthday, Chicago!
Wednesday marks 178 years since the city was incorporated in 1837.
Here are a few reasons why after 178 years, the Second City is second to none.
• With SNL poaching our talent, it's no wonder Chicago has been...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 1:18 PM
For Harold Haertel, woodcarving began as a hobby.
Born in 1904, the East Dundee resident began making decoys as a boy to use for hunting along the river.
"Then he got into making decorative birds," Tom Haertel said of his father, who passed away in...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 11:12 AM
Is graffiti a legitimate artistic expression accessible to the otherwise excluded, or criminal vandalism that is the scourge of a great city?
Good question. Alas, not one that the Steppenwolf Theatre Company is asking its young audiences.
| Feb 27, 2015
| 9:22 PM
There's a bit of a point to David Tolchinsky's left ear. He can part his fingers in classic Spock style, a feat he said he's never had to practice.
"It comes naturally," he trumpeted.
Add to the list that Tolchinsky was a shy kid who never quite...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 1:34 PM
Eldzier Cortor, whose sculptural, Afro-Deco images of elegant, elongated black women were once so quietly enmeshed with the 20th century as to seem almost invisible, returned to Chicago the other day. He hadn't been back in decades — many, many...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 1:47 PM
The possibility of locating the Barack Obama presidential library in Jackson Park or Washington Park is a good time to review the history of museums in Chicago's parks.
Attracting museums to parks has been a city trend since 1893, when civic leaders...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 8:15 AM
Yes, there's new lifestyle hotel rolling out soon, and it's part of the Hyatt world.
Hyatt Centric announced Wednesday that it plans to open hotels in April in Chicago and Miami. It's launching what it calls "a new, full service lifestyle brand designed...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 1:55 PM
The contrast between then and now in the fourth floor galleries of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art couldn't be more striking.
Where the museum most recently displayed, in essence, the overstuffed artifacts closet of the rock star David Bowie, now...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 1:28 PM
Monday, Feb. 16: CHICAGO AUTO SHOW FAMILY DAY
Your junior mechanics and race car drivers didn't need an official day to check out all the cars on display through Feb. 22. Nevertheless the Chicago Auto Show hosts its annual Family Day on Presidents...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 2:32 PM
North Shore art lovers were treated to a special luncheon Jan. 23 as Public Television's Geoffrey Baer stopped by the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.
Baer's visit was sponsored by the Winnetka Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago,...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 7:23 AM
The hardy catalpa tree, known for its aromatic yellow and cream blossoms in June and its ruddy banana stems that drop as fruit in fall, is a symbol to Jevoid Simmons, an Evanston artist exhibiting wood carvings during Black History Month.