| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Go to Adler Planetarium if you're feeling big in your britches, a little prideful about our species' role in things.
In Chicago's lakefront astronomy museum, there's no escaping what a little grain of sand on an enormous beach we are.
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:41 PM
The hops that Shedd Aquarium grows cannot claim pride of place.
To reach them, these days, you walk around a chain-link construction enclosure, duck beneath branches in a landscaped area and scramble up onto a low ledge of the aquarium's building.
| Jun 26, 2014
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to plop a "Star Wars" museum on the lakefront whether Chicago likes it or not is a dumb idea.
But judging by the breathless media coverage, you'd think this is some great mayoral triumph. It isn't.
Mayor Rahmfather has been...
| May 7, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Celebrities generally receive applause on their first theatrical entrance — a tradition that too-cool-for-school Chicago audiences often eschew in honor of our ensemble egalitarianism. Some of us, though, are less repressed in expressing our sheer...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 8:42 AM
Silvio Marchetti, who has silver hair and a dry sense of humor most atypical for an attache, tells a story about meeting the late Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, in the mid-1980s. Marchetti, who now heads up the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago,...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:48 PM
At first glance, the Chicago Cultural Mile ("Where Culture & Commerce Meet") resembles nothing so much as a gerrymandered congressional district.
According to its website, this officially arty and mercantile stretch begins at Michigan Avenue and the...
| Apr 24, 2014
Everyday Chicagoans came armed with plenty of ideas Wednesday night about where to locate a home for George Lucas' collection of art and movie memorabilia.
But members of the Galactic Empire seemed to be otherwise engaged, as no one arrived in a "Star...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:44 PM
The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago isn't a grandiose thing, looming over a park like the Field Museum or over Michigan Avenue like the Art Institute.
It sits in a long-retired, single-bay Chicago firehouse in the 5200 block of South Western Avenue, just...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:18 AM
David Layman describes his approach, as Field Museum's lead exhibit designer, to situating Sue, the world's most famous and expensive T. rex skeleton, in the museum for her 2000 debut:
"Sue was to become an institutional icon.
"It needed to generate a...