| Mar 17, 2015
| 9:43 AM
Yes, the major exhibition of Irish art and craft works at the Art Institute of Chicago opened on St. Patrick's Day.
But it is almost in rebuke to that holiday, or at least to the sloppy, stereotype-laden way it is often celebrated here.
Laid out in...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 1:04 PM
The geographical place name in the title of the Illinois Holocaust Museum probably doesn't do the institution any favors.
What, a potential visitor might think, could a Midwestern state have to add to one of the darkest chapters of the human story?...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 10:10 AM
So much happens at St. Martha Church's annual St. Joseph Table, to be held Sunday, March 15 this year, that people hardly know what to do first.
Pasta dishes, pizzas, salads, fish and veggie dishes, frittatas, desserts and other goodies will compete...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 2:07 PM
Before Ikea, before Volvo, even before ABBA, a different entity spread worldwide the message of Scandinavian craftsmanship and aspirations toward industry domination.
The Vikings, as they are known, made their bid for massive global clout not with...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 11:39 AM
South Dakota lawmakers plan to ask President Barack Obama to pardon renowned paleontologist Peter Larson, whose team discovered "Sue," the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a resolution Thursday...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 1:34 PM
Eldzier Cortor, whose sculptural, Afro-Deco images of elegant, elongated black women were once so quietly enmeshed with the 20th century as to seem almost invisible, returned to Chicago the other day. He hadn't been back in decades — many, many...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 11:32 AM
3, 2, 1 ... blastoff! Adler Planetarium offers weeklong or two-day camps that let children age 3-14 explore the final frontier: maneuvering telescopes, building rockets, programming robots, launching high-altitude balloons and...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 1:47 PM
The possibility of locating the Barack Obama presidential library in Jackson Park or Washington Park is a good time to review the history of museums in Chicago's parks.
Attracting museums to parks has been a city trend since 1893, when civic leaders...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 1:53 PM
When most people think of Vikings, they typically imagine warrior men with horned helmets. Given the success of the "How to Train Your Dragon" films, kids are liable to imagine them taming fire-breathing winged reptiles, too. But these conceptions are...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 1:28 PM
Monday, Feb. 16: CHICAGO AUTO SHOW FAMILY DAY
Your junior mechanics and race car drivers didn't need an official day to check out all the cars on display through Feb. 22. Nevertheless the Chicago Auto Show hosts its annual Family Day on Presidents...
| Dec 12, 2014
Women & Children First recently raised more than $36,000 from 322 donors on Indiegogo for store renovation that will take place during the last week of January. The monthlong drive raised $36,405 for the independent bookstore, which will hold a grand...