| Dec 19, 2012
| 5:15 AM
Battered by the recession and a high debt load, the Field Museum on Tuesday announced plans to cut staff, overhaul its operations and limit the scope of its research.
A comprehensive plan being drawn up by museum officials also could include changes to...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 7:00 PM
Michelle Larson's faculty page at Utah State University displays a picture of her cozying up to a bust of Albert Einstein. Lego Albert Einstein.
That combination, science with a populist face, is a pretty fair summation of what she'll have to bring...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 2:36 PM
We all know that the holidays are commercialized. For those looking for an alternative to the mass pandemonium of the malls, gift shops at Chicago museums offer presents with local interest as well as artistic and educational panache. And in many cases,...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 2:26 PM
A seldom-explored aspect of Indian culture and history is getting some much-deserved exposure at Chicago's Field Museum.
"Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts," opening Wednesday and running through Feb. 3, tells the story of these rulers...
| Apr 14, 2013
Greg Borzo believes, and rightly so, that much of our city's history "hides in plain sight."
There is, for instance, the small building in the accompanying photo, Borzo standing near it.
Sitting prominently at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. in Hyde Park,...
| Apr 9, 2013
When the Field Museum sold more than 30 works of 19th-century Western art for millions of dollars in 2004, it eased controversy by announcing plans to spend the proceeds on new artifacts and by holding on to four of the best paintings from the collection....
| Mar 28, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The Field Museum is offering scientists early retirement packages for the third time in five years as the institution struggles to cope with flat revenues and a high debt burden.
The offer was distributed Friday to 16 of the museum's 27 curators —...
| 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."
| Mar 17, 2013
| 8:58 PM
Before the rest of the world fell in love with Bushman the gorilla at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, the popular primate captured the heart of a little girl in Africa who helped care for him as a baby.
On Sunday, Winifred Smith, 92, and her family...