| Jul 17, 2014
| 12:16 PM
Chicago Folks Operetta: The troupe presents the American premiere of Paul Abraham's "Ball at the Savoy," a jazzy, tuneful, singing-and-dancing confection from Weimar-era Berlin, about the revenge of a clever wife on her philandering hubby. Anthony Barrese...
| 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...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Call it the Grant Park concert that almost was. As in soggy, man, soggy.
The Wednesday night Grant Park Music Festival event was another exasperating – also losing, this time – wrangle with the storm gods that tests the resilience of the...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Cristian Macelaru leads a pair of popularly-priced classical concerts for family audiences in DuPage County. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the program holds Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture," Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" and the...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Alynda Lee Segarra is a twenty-something feminist singer-songwriter with a very old soul. The Americana artist is her own woman, all the while drawing on a mix of vintage and contemporary influences including Robert Johnson, the Carter Family, Townes...