| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:07 AM
Shulamit Ran likes her ring tone.
"It's a harplike arpeggio going up and down," says the Chicago composer, who won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in music for her "Symphony." "It's very gentle. It's fun, and it's very delicate."
And the tone, which came with...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:56 AM
Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 12:26 PM
Rita and John Canning donated $1 million to Harper College, which is the largest donation the Palatine institution has received in its 47-year history.
The money will go to the Rita and John Canning Women's Program that offers scholarships,...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has used high-strength cardboard tubes to make temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees fleeing conflicts, on Monday was named the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field's...
| May 1, 2014
Leading up to the 2012 election, Chicagoan Fred Eychaner contributed $14 million to Democratic super PACs, including $4.5 million to the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action, making him the top individual Democratic campaign donor of that cycle.
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Even as attendance dropped overall at area museums and animal attractions in 2013, it was a very good year for horticulture.
The Chicago Botanic Garden had more than 1 million visitors for the first time since it opened in 1972, a 5 percent increase...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 11:40 AM
A man in Chicago wants to jump out of a plane with a Chipotle chicken burrito. And he's created a Kickstarter campaign to ask complete strangers to pay for his burrito skydiving excursion.
Noboru Bitoy, a student at the Art Institute of Chicago,...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie.
In the early 1990s,...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:16 PM
Occupying multiple galleries, one corridor and the great hall of the Art Institute of Chicago is "The Production Line of Happiness," a retrospective by Christopher Williams, the most important conceptual photographer you've never heard of.
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Sam Schwartz, co-founder of the powerhouse film and TV composer agency Gorfaine/Schwartz, has been collecting art for 15 years. But judging by the veritable museum he and his wife Shanit call home, you'd think it was more like a lifetime.
| Apr 5, 2014
| 6:40 PM
An art installation of 26 life-size human sculptures at Grant Park was vandalized overnight when graffiti taggers left their signatures on 18 of the statues.
The public art exhibition titled "Borders" are on loan from Icelandic artist Steinunn...