| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Riccardo Muti has signed a new contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association as CSO music director, which will extend until August 2020.
The Italian maestro, 72, made the announcement at a freewheeling news conference at Symphony Center...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Although it feels as if Chicago will be trapped under a polar icecap at least until the Bears head off to summer training camp, the promise that this, too, shall pass is underscored by the season announcements of the area’s two major summer music...
| Apr 30, 2011
April 4, 1989: Elected mayor over Timothy Evans with 55.4 percent of the vote.
April 24, 1989: Inaugurated as Chicago's 45th mayor, Daley pledges in his inaugural address to justify voters' confidence in his "common sense" style of leadership. He also...
| May 10, 2011
| 8:31 PM
Rahm Emanuel's inaugural celebration will be as much about setting a tone for how he wants Chicagoans to perceive his administration as about commemorating his ascendancy to mayor.
The planning team is going for festive, but not too festive. After all,...
| May 16, 2011
| 10:26 AM
Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office as Chicago's 46th mayor.
The city's new mayor then laid out the challenges ahead: Improving schools, ending gun violence and downsizing a city government taxpayers can no longer afford. And he asked Chicagoans, the...
| May 16, 2011
| 7:10 PM
Richard Daley pounded the City Council gavel for the last time Monday morning and quietly turned the reins of Chicago government over to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Joined onstage by wife Maggie for Emanuel's swearing-in at Millennium Park, Daley got a...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 8:51 AM
Low and Glen Hansard: Minnesota’s Low has made a 20-year career out of melodic minimalism and the exquisite harmony vocals of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. Hansard, of the Frames and Swell Season, will open solo, 6:30 p.m. Monday at Pritzker...
| Jul 23, 2011
| 9:38 PM
The Decemberists: After venturing onto the cliffs of progressive rock with the 2009 concept album, “The Hazards of Love,” the Portland band returns with one of its most concise, melodic batches of songs yet, “The King is Dead,” 7:...
| Aug 20, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Steve Reich tribute: Two Chicago ensembles, eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, will honor avant-garde composer Steve Reich on his 75th birthday by performing some of his finest pieces, including "Double Sextet," "Mallet Quartet" and the...
| Aug 25, 2011
In the beginning, the Chicago Dancing Festival seemed almost a lark, a single program of modest best hits, more picnic dessert than entree.
How things change. This year, the 5-year-old enterprise is a full, weeklong festival boasting not just major...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 2:05 PM
This year's Chicago Dancing Festival, which finishes up Saturday with a free extravaganza at the Pritzker Pavilion, has been fun, uplifting, broad and deep. Certainly we've seen a lot of new faces, just as the increase in offerings has also attracted...