| Jul 29, 2014
| 10:31 AM
The plaza where the old Chicago Water Tower sits is a place where residents and shoppers briskly walk through and where tourists stop to hop in horse-drawn carriages. But it holds a special place for Chicago’s first and only female mayor, Jane...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Call it extreme parenting: Scientists announced the discovery of a deep sea octopus mom that faithfully guarded the same clutch of eggs for a record-breaking 4-1/2 years.
"This is the longest brooding or gestation of any animal on the planet," said Brad...
| Mar 7, 2014
I've combined a post from earlier this week with a commentary for my Sunday print column My PDSD — Post-Daley Stress Disorder — is relatively under control. I sometimes cringe involuntarily when inserting my credit card into parking meter...
| Jun 25, 2014
In a galaxy far, far away in the Midwest, one known as Chicago, a grand institution will be built… George Lucas has […]...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Overhead trains, river-touring boats, legendary dinosaurs and American Girls: Chicago's best attractions appeal to all ages. And though it's a big city, Chicago extends a warm Midwestern welcome to visitors while keeping it real with an ample dose of...
| Jun 26, 2013
Chicago should light up more of its signature buildings — even on nights when the Blackhawks are not winning the Stanley Cup. For one thing, projection technology has advanced to the point where any exterior surface can be an exciting canvas, flat...
| Mar 13, 2013
The turn of the millennium was a heady time for many Chicago cultural institutions. Cheap loans, high investment returns and swelling endowments spawned a slew of new attractions along the lakefront and around downtown.
The Art Institute built its Modern...
| Mar 8, 2013
For many people the defining moment in the Field Museum's recent history was the bid at a 1997 auction that made Chicago home to the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as Sue.
But that choice could have far less impact on the Field's future than another...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:28 PM
It's dark in the rooms that hold the new exhibition at the Field Museum, dark almost like in the deep ocean where many of the featured "Creatures of Light" live.
It's dim enough to get you wondering if you, too, after enough time in an environment...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 8:58 PM
In the years before the global financial crisis hit, many of Chicago’s cultural institutions took on major financial risks by borrowing tens of millions of dollars to fund expansions, renovations and other big-ticket projects.
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Landmarks Illinois celebrated its seventh and largest fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on March 7, with more than 500 patrons in attendance. Leslie Hindman, John W. McCarter Jr. and Target Corp. were named "Legendary Landmarks."