| 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 4, 2015
| 3:26 AM
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In this mid-South city of more than 100,000 people, which was the scene of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, a group of about 30 people gathered to celebrate the art of a pioneering African-American photographer who...
| 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.
| 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.
| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 1:43 PM
If you've ever tried to go to, say, Shedd Aquarium or the Museum of Science and Industry on the Sunday of a school vacation week, you'll agree that fewer museum visitors isn't necessarily a bad thing.
By that standard, Chicago's museums did well in...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 2:15 PM
Attendance at a consortium of 15 leading Chicago cultural institutions was down slightly in 2014, in large measure due to the "polar vortex" weather that began the year, but blockbuster year-end exhibitions about a rock star and a year in history kept the...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Given subjects that repeatedly focus on human barbarism, whether between people or by people against the natural environment, you won't find yourself smiling much in the large Josef Koudelka retrospective at the J. Paul Getty Museum. But again and again,...