| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Ever since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
The funny thing is, Pablo Picasso never even set foot in Chicago, let alone anywhere else in the United States.
That untitled 50-foot-tall sculpture in Daley Plaza, the city's most iconic piece of public art as well as Picasso's only work of its kind?...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 2:22 PM
The awards season has run its course. It's always a relief to see it in the rearview mirror. Even the winners feel that way.
Many of the award-winners qualifying for very goodness and even greatness fed an ongoing debate about historical fiction on...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 10:18 AM
Several of the city's major cultural institutions announced plans Tuesday to join together this fall for a "citywide celebration of arts and culture."
Dubbed “Expo Art Week,” the event is set to encompass museum and gallery exhibitions,...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Kara Walker will be difficult. This gets whispered to you by enough people in the art world and you start to believe it: She's humorless!
Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating!
And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 12:28 PM
In 1913, the Art Institute did something astonishing. It opened its hallowed halls to an exhibition so radical that it would forever alter the course of art-making in the United States.
The event was the International Exhibition of Modern Art, better...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 8:49 AM
CHICAGO - It's sleek, shiny and sensational.
But let's add two more words to describe Chicago for tourists: darn expensive.
On Feb. 1, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago jumped to $23 for out-of-state visitors. In the past month, a host of...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 7:00 PM
The roar of Adelor, an African lion, was the highlight for many visitors to Lincoln Park Zoo for nearly 18 years before old age hushed his voice in 2012.
On Saturday his roar won't be back but a life-size sculpture of the beloved big cat will be...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Diane Brigham customarily encounters youth eager to pursue their interests.
In her 33 years as an arts educator, she has found them thirsty for big dreams. A staggering number fall short, though, in resources and access to necessary opportunities.
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Greg Cameron will take over as the new executive director of the Joffrey Ballet July 1 after leaving his post as chief operating officer of Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW-Ch. 11 and WFMT-FM, the dance troupe announced...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Federal agents have seized an estimated $100 million in art over the last two years from a prominent Manhattan antiquities dealer they describe as one of the most prolific antiquities smugglers in the world.
Subhash Kapoor, a 64-year-old American...