| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
“It's almost too beautiful,” said the first scientist to descend into the Lascaux caves, according to “Scenes From the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux,” an important and highly engaging new exhibit at the Field Museum....
| May 19, 2002
| 11:14 AM
The suburbs still may offer a more desirable lifestyle for millions of Americans, but the performing arts industry relentlessly glorifies the urban experience. The arts, we're often told, thrive on big-city challenges and iconography. That's especially...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 2:25 PM
There's even a pair of (very) hot pants on display that look like they could be worn Saturday night at (fill in the name of whatever Chicago club is "happening" these days).
Here's the catch to the shorts, though. They're made of sealskin. They're...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Taxidermy is not front and center at the Oriental Institute Museum's new ornithological exhibition
That art form is better observed to the north, at the Field Museum, where the institution's Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds has recently been...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:23 PM
As formulas for a show go, this is proving to be a winner: The Field Museum has once again let an artist plunder its store of artifacts, and the result, again, is a pretty magical "small" exhibition.
In the same main-floor gallery where last year...
| Oct 5, 2013
Word got around last week that John Lennon's guitar was up in Bau Graves' office at the Old Town School of Folk Music and so the worshipers began to come.
There were students and teachers, accomplished players and humble pluckers, a parade that came...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:53 PM
In this age of consumer goods shipped readily from China and real-time video chats conducted with friends in Africa, it is difficult to imagine how stunning the World's Columbian Exposition must have been during its run.
For six months in Jackson Park,...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:43 PM
"It doesn't look like it would do very well in the water," Emily Graslie is saying, dryly.
The Field Museum's first ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent is standing in front of a skeleton of an extinct giant lemur, mounted in a glass case in a back...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:13 PM
When it travels, which is rarely, the "Bay Psalm Book" has an entourage, including private security men. It's how superstars roll, as well as American history artifacts potentially worth as much as a winning lottery ticket.
Also like a superstar, the...