| Aug 27, 2014
| 12:55 PM
The challenge in visiting the Art Institute of Chicago is to get beyond the obvious. Easier said than done.
You could spend your time cruising from one iconic work to another, from "Nighthawks" to "American Gothic" to a Calder mobile overhead to Renoir'...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 12:35 PM
First impressions are everything, and the first thing you notice at the 73 East Lake rental building in Chicago is a striking mosaic video wall that sets the tone for the glass tower.
The creative digital installation in the lobby plays a four-minute...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 1:04 PM
The full roster of artists performing as part of the first Chicago International Puppet Festival was announced on Tuesday. In January, the 11-day compilation will bring together many Chicago venues that will present works by puppeteers from the United...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:21 PM
The Art Institute of Chicago stayed open later than usual Tuesday for an extra special guest and nine of her friends.
Pop star Katy Perry and her entourage took an after-hours tour of the Art Institute for about an hour and a half, according to an Art...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:50 AM
In the early days of the tourist boom that now has the city awash in bus-boat-foot tours, clogging the summer sidewalks, streets and river, I remember a "guide" on one of the boat tours who had, shall we say, a unique take on our town.
He would point to...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Nine paintings by late Oak Park artist Reginald Mars that were commissioned by the Park District of Oak Park more than 50 years ago have been restored and are now on display at the village's main library.
The park district hired village resident Timothy...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 7:48 AM
Getting through the day requires a certain amount of repression. There is order in the ordinary: a pipe is a thing to be packed with tobacco and smoked, the word "sky" refers to the blue space up above, a slice of ham will lie still and silent until it is...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:12 AM
The 7-foot-tall sculpture of two feet at Oak Street Beach this week has legs.
That is, it's expected to move to other locations around the city as long as the Art Institute of Chicago is hosting an exhibit inspired by Rene Magritte, the Belgian...
| Jul 30, 2014
A fixture in Chicago's art community for more than 55 years, Ruth Horwich championed young artists and donated significant pieces to the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:49 AM
There was a special guest in attendance for Derek and Julianne Hough’s Move Live On Tour show July 11 at the Chicago Theatre.
Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) was on hand to support best friend Julianne. Afterward Dobrev and the...
| Jul 20, 2014
Jane O'Connor Kerr was a leader in the fine arts and cultural communities in Chicago as well as statewide for decades.
Mrs. Kerr, whose first husband was legendary Chicago broadcast newsman Len O'Connor, was appointed by Gov. Richard Ogilvie to serve on...