| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:48 PM
For more than a century, The Force -- as in the force of law -- has been with open space advocates as they battled to keep Chicago’s lakefront free of buildings.
In 1909, Aaron Montgomery Ward won a historic court fight that kept the Field...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Time is most definitely out of joint locally when both the Grant Park and Ravinia festivals are up and running even though the Chicago Symphony Orchestra still has three more weeks of concerts before closing the books on its winter season.
Adding to the...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 10:24 AM
In recent years the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus under Carlos Kalmar have presented thrilling accounts of a number of large-scale works from outside the standard repertory, but their performance Friday night of Leos Janacek's "Glagolitic Mass"...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:46 AM
Gabriel Cabezas is the latest classical performer to be tested in the crucible of Chicago's weird summer weather, only to emerge victorious from the experience.
The greatly gifted young cellist, a Chicago area native who turned 21 late last year, made...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| Jul 13, 2014
Since Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, there have been lots of surprises. Most, but not all, of them have turned out to the advantage of the park and its visitors. Here are five examples:
Bigger crowds: City officials originally expected the...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 4:41 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest idea to boost Chicago’s tourism numbers involves finding a company to light up city bridges, buildings, CTA platforms and other locations to hopefully “transform the world’s opinion of Chicago” and...
| Jul 11, 2014
For years — long before Millennium Park was created — readers wrote to me complaining about the Chicago Jazz Festival's dismal acoustics and environment in Grant Park.
And for years, city government (which produces the festival) and the...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:34 AM
The impact of Millennium Park and its gleaming, otherworldly outdoor concert hall, Pritzker Pavilion, on the area's summer classical music scene cannot be overstated.
Both have become Chicago icons within the 10 years they have served as the state-of-...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:14 AM
Ken Vandermark, Matana Roberts, Ernest Dawkins and Fareed Haque will be among the headliners for the 10th annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series this summer at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Running every Thursday evening from July...