| 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 23, 2014
| 9:56 PM
Bob Mould’s at that age when he can write a song like “Hey Mr. Grey” with its command to “get off my lawn!” and have more in common with the curmudgeon yelling from the doorstep instead of the punk-rock kid in the front yard....
| 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 19, 2014
| 12:09 PM
As the first incarnation of his mighty (and mightily misunderstood) Swans was winding down in the late '90s, the band's founder and driving force, Michael Gira, expressed his frustration. "Loud, ugly, brutal — the idea follows us around that 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 8:09 AM
For the past decade, Chicago bandleader-composer Ernest Dawkins has been composing vast suites dealing head-on with some of the most turbulent chapters of American history.
Works such as "UnTill Emmett Till" (about the murder of its title character),...
| Aug 22, 2014
After three and a half decades, can the tradition-bound Chicago Jazz Festival evolve into something better, newer, fresher?
Can the event break with formulas of the past and prove worthy of the great jazz city whose name it bears?
At this late date,...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:04 AM
The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come.
But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:56 PM
For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31.
From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...