| Jul 16, 2012
| 2:36 AM
The draft for the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 cites 10 priorities "for Chicago to realize its potential as a cultural leader" and identifies 36 recommendations for achieving them. Released Monday, the 64-page draft and 38-page supplemental materials...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 8:50 AM
The Junior League of Chicago hosted its annual Martinis and Mistletoe kickoff party Nov. 16 for its 41st Gazebo Holiday Market. This festive evening at the Chicago Cultural Center offered a first look at a variety of holiday gifts, jewelry, home decor and...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 5:36 PM
The 19th annual Bear Tie Ball, themed "Rhythms for a Reason," attracted more than 750 patrons to the UIC Forum on March 10 to benefit Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Co-chaired by Nina Mariano and Tracy Scurto, the gala program included a...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 12:52 PM
The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights:
Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:37 PM
A buoyant winter season ahead includes:
"Shadowgraph: Octets by Franz Schubert and George Lewis": The innovative thinkers at the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform major works by masters from two centuries and genres. The repertoire...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 11:24 AM
After more than three decades at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be leaving the venue for Millennium Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
Though in recent...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 11:30 AM
For decades, the defenders of the status quo have insisted that the Chicago Jazz Festival must remain anchored in Grant Park.
They said the dreadful acoustics there were just fine.
They said the dilapidated Petrillo Music Shell served the fest well....
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:48 PM
At first glance, the Chicago Cultural Mile ("Where Culture & Commerce Meet") resembles nothing so much as a gerrymandered congressional district.
According to its website, this officially arty and mercantile stretch begins at Michigan Avenue and the...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Actress Lesley Nicol was in Chicago for a few days minus the white apron and cap she wears in the kitchen of PBS-TV’s “Downton Abbey.” She was here to bring the story of legendary English pianist Myra Hess to a sold-out crowd at the...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 2:57 PM
It isn't often a painting makes you want to bounce against it. Or crawl under it, swing it over your shoulder, parade around with it, hug and squeeze it tight, or lay your head to rest on it.
This isn't akin to wanting to enter the seamy, tinted world...