| 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 13, 2015
| 11:12 AM
As far as free admission days go at Chicago museums, here's a noteworthy Monday. The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium all are offering free general admission to Illinois residents in observation of Presidents Day, as well as extended...
| 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...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 10:46 AM
More than 100,000 sex education films have been made over the last century or so, according to Brenda Goodman's documentary "Sex(ed)," a fun if somewhat brisk historical overview of the genre that screens Saturday at Chicago Filmmakers.
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:34 PM
When you have a question, you ask an expert. That's why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy. Community gardens — where a group of gardeners tend their respective plots on a single piece of land — have a...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 9:26 AM
"By the law of nature these things are common to mankind — the air, running water, the sea, and consequently the shores of the sea."
— Emperor Justinian, A.D. 530
If federal judges tell George Lucas he can't plop a museum on Chicago's...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 3:31 PM
Patty Gerstenblith was working as a research associate at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the late 1970s when a cumbersome project and an ownership dispute over a statue got her interested in the law.
After an art scholar discovered there were large...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 4:47 PM
Given the choice, what kid wouldn't rather create a video game than write a research paper.
Though that's not an option yet for class assignments, a group of Lyons Township High School students have been experimenting with software to design a video...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 10:21 AM
Three and out on the issue of the NFL Draft in Chicago:
+Some great work by Tribune reporter Jared S. Hopkins in Friday's paper revealed a litany of NFL demands if Chicago wanted to host the 2015 draft. Basically, the league wanted to pay nothing...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:09 PM
Winter is, or ought to be, museum season. Outdoor activities do not beckon, or ought not to, especially here in the flatland. And everyone in the house is, or ought to be, stir-crazy. Our area's museums have responded by planning shows on subjects ranging...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 8:00 PM
Chicago crossed the 50 millionth visitor mark in 2014, officials said Wednesday, a 3.5 percent increase over the previous year that kept boat tours, museums and the Magnificent Mile busy, and the city on the heels of New York as a top urban tourist...