| 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,...
| 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...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:00 PM
The Museum of Contemporary Art's blockbuster "David Bowie Is" exhibit closes Sunday and, therefore, you have only a handful of days left to experience the following uncommon phenomena: packed MCA galleries.
Moreover, because the show was designed to...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:09 PM
Winter is, or ought to be, museum season. Outdoor activities do not beckon, or ought not to, especially here in the flatland. And everyone in the house is, or ought to be, stir-crazy. Our area's museums have responded by planning shows on subjects ranging...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 8:56 AM
As temperatures in the Chicago area descend to dangerous lows, the Art Institute of Chicago is offering temporary shelter and culture, of course, for chilly bystanders.
On weekdays now through Feb. 10, Illinois residents can enter the Art Institute for...
| 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 21, 2015
| 3:48 PM
A man was critically injured after he jumped from a second floor inside the Art Institute of Chicago in a possible suicide attempt, officials said.
The incident happened at 12:37 p.m. when a man in his 30s jumped from the second floor of the cafe...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 4:12 PM
We all have our obsessions. Mine are private. James Ensor, the masterfully idiosyncratic turn-of-the-century Belgian artist, has his on very public display in the Art Institute of Chicago's winter blockbuster exhibition, "Temptation: The Demons of James...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 12:40 PM
Please tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
That question has become something of a tradition here when the Editorial Board seeks out the views of candidates in each election cycle. We ask them what they think about the hot issues of...