| 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 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 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 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.
| Sep 19, 2014
If you were asked to name Chicago's single greatest cultural contribution, you would probably stifle the impulse to say the hot dog. You might say it's the city's stunning architecture. If you're of a cynical bent, you might say it's our world-class...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Los Angeles’ Getty Center ranks among the top museums in the world according to a new TripAdvisor survey, but it’s edged out for No. 1 by a Chicago favorite.
Visitors to TripAdvisor ranked the Getty as their fourth favorite museum on the...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 2:02 PM
The couple in "American Gothic" may be blushing. The Art Institute of Chicago, home to Grant Wood's iconic American painting and several other works of art, is the No. 1 museum in the U.S. and in the world, according to Travelers Choice awards announced...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 10:19 AM
In a world of crummy online comments and sometimes brutally honest reviews, The Art Institute of Chicago has something to celebrate.
The museum was named the best in the world by travel review site TripAdvisor.com, which ranked museums according to the...
| Sep 12, 2014
What to see this fall? Play it close to home with shows about Chicago, motherhood, composting, American history, demons and failure, or go far out and explore the entire galaxy. Here's how:
"The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle": Contrary to...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 12:10 PM
At the Lucky Platter restaurant, 514 Main St., the ecclectic art collection has long been a conversation starter. The restaurant underwent interior renovations last week, temporarily storing its art inventory before reopening July 10.
Since 1991, The...
| Jul 18, 2014
Leon Marinakos combined an interest in Greek history with skills as a photographer to put together scores of lectures on subjects ranging from the 1821 War of Greek Independence to intimate looks at modern-day Greece.
"People who saw his slides...