| 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 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 15, 2015
| 10:14 AM
Chicago International Puppet Theater Fest has something for all ages, but not every show is rated G.
Blair Thomas has ambitious plans for the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. "Our festival is going to redefine what the word...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 2:37 PM
With all due respect to the Barack Obama presidential library sweepstakes, there's one White House souvenir Chicago absolutely needs.
We need to land Air Force One.
We're at least owed that. The Air Force looks to retire its current fleet of...
| 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...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 2:15 PM
Attendance at a consortium of 15 leading Chicago cultural institutions was down slightly in 2014, in large measure due to the "polar vortex" weather that began the year, but blockbuster year-end exhibitions about a rock star and a year in history kept the...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 11:39 AM
A rare Arctic bird was spotted last week in Quincy, spurring a mass migration of bird-watchers to the area.
The ivory gull was first spotted Friday along the Mississippi River. It drew people from across the Midwest and as far away as Texas. Michael...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 10:00 PM
When people think of puppets, the crass, stringed characters from "Team America: World Police" may spring to mind, or the familiar felt faces of "Sesame Street" perhaps. Layered drawings manipulated live on overhead projecters or an electroacoustic...
| 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.