| 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 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,...
| 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 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 17, 2015
| 7:05 AM
Lake Bluff historic preservation officials will apply for landmark status for the architecturally significant Blair House, although all involved agree the move may only postpone the home's date with a wrecking ball.
"Obviously, landmark or not, the...
| 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 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 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...
| 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...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 6:39 PM
Even though it features gorgeous, Oscar-winning deep-focus cinematography and colorful performances, the 1945 classic "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is rarely revived on the big screen. That's what's happening at 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 4 when the Colonial...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 2:18 PM
'Anna Bolena': Lyric Opera's vocally vibrant new production of Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece features Sondra Radvanovsky as the doomed Anne Boleyn, Jamie Barton as her rival Jane Seymour and John Relyea as Henry VIII. Patrick Summers conducts, Kevin...