| Dec 12, 2014
| 11:09 AM
This has been a year of bittersweet goodbyes, as some of the brightest curators in Chicago have left for Toronto, Philadelphia, Kassel, Germany, and beyond. 2015 will fill those Lucite platform shoes with who-knows-who, but in the meantime, here's what we...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 10:02 PM
As a construction crew drilled slabs onto climbing walls, thickened ice on the skating ribbon and finished laying a bright, soft surface on the playground inside Maggie Daley Park, Chicago Park District officials let their inner kid out.
| 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...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 8:56 PM
Lop off your fingers, the new "Star Wars" lightsaber will. Know this, every Jedi knight should.
Happily, I can't write this entire column using a Yoda Speak Generator. So in simple Chicagoese, I'll tell you this: My experts insist that if you use that...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Chicago's museums aren't the only homes to thought-provoking, inspiring and exceptional works of art.
Consider the bronze sculpture by Christopher Wool called "Untitled (2013)," which stands next to Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. A temporary...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:21 PM
A recent visit to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art discovered in its galleries:
• A photograph depicting a photograph of the photographer's eye as it bathed in a darkroom solution.
• A one-armed 1930s male mannequin in a girl's dress...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 9:30 AM
A week from now, we'll be eating leftovers.
But until then, we all have to live our lives and pretend like we're watching what we consume ahead of Thanksgiving. So listen up. There's a lot to catch you up on this week.
Sit back and enjoy this week'...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...