| 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 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 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 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...
| 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 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...
| Dec 12, 2014
Women & Children First recently raised more than $36,000 from 322 donors on Indiegogo for store renovation that will take place during the last week of January. The monthlong drive raised $36,405 for the independent bookstore, which will hold a grand...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 1:19 PM
Over the next 51 weeks or so, you can expect in this space coverage of the biggest and brightest in Chicago-area museums. But for your New Year's Day, we've got Hummels, money, sports memorabilia and buttons — plus a roundup of 14 other smaller and/...