| 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...
| Sep 2, 2014
See that billboard up there, just south of the I-595 interchange along I-95? That's Georgia O'Keeffe's "Sky Above Clouds IV." The bus shelter near the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and State Road 7? It's the stern, pitchfork-wielding farmers of Grant...
| 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 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 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...
| Jan 23, 2014
Maya Romanoff discovered the magic of dying fabric when he saw tie-dyed T-shirts at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.
He turned that fascination with colors and fabric into a career, starting the Skokie corporation that bears his name and has...
| May 2, 2014
| 11:26 AM
Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Edie mostly stayed in her room at a senior living center for those with memory impairments.
She didn't want to attend cooking, gardening or other classes offered there, according to Sue Kruse, senior director of...