| Nov 8, 2014
A millionaire — an iconoclastic, private collection — a plan for a museum in a city park.
Sound familiar? It should.
It is not only George Lucas' proposal for a museum on Chicago's lakefront, but also one that is old hat for the city....
| Nov 6, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Pick of the Week
Newberry Consort: Chicago's enterprising early music ensemble begins its season with "Musica Barroca Mexicana," a program of Mexican and Italian Baroque vocal and instrumental works, several of them U.S. premieres, newly discovered in...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Aaron Morse’s new paintings suggest, ever so subtly, that something has gone god-awfully wrong with the world we live in. The elusiveness of the problem intensifies the strength of Morse’s user-friendly pictures, not to mention their emotional...
| 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 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 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,...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 6:36 PM
For centuries, artists have incorporated the written word into their art. Robert Indiana, one of the original American Pop artists, made them the focus of his artistic career.
Today, Indiana's words are some of the most recognizable in the world. His...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Museum exhibitions about the great artist Georges Seurat and his band of Neoimpressionists usually delve into the new scientific theories of light and color that made many painters in the late 19th century experiment with novel ways of applying paint to a...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:01 PM
A search warrant executed in connection with the case against five people charged with stealing $400,000 worth of high-end watches from a North Side business led to the discovery of thousands of stolen items including a wealth of high-end art, police said...