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  • From billions to zero: Story of pigeon extinction

    From billions to zero: Story of pigeon extinction
    Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch. No one walking past or around the...
  • From Nazis to Lincoln, from World's Fair to bees

    From Nazis to Lincoln,  from World's Fair to bees
    Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
  • New direction for the Field, with a curious blogger leading the way

    New direction for the Field, with a curious blogger leading the way
    "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...
  • Memo to museums: Don't give away those glass cases

    Memo to museums:  Don't give away those glass cases
    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...
  • Surviving in the suburbs

    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...
  • Museums' reach is wider than walls

    Museums' reach is wider than walls
    Most of Chicago's major zoos and museums are more than just showpieces for their collections, animal or anthropological. Two new scientific studies — both based in the Bahamas and deriving from 18 or more years of work there — highlight...
  • Contemplating the infinite at Adler Planetarium

    Contemplating the infinite at Adler Planetarium
    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. Video...
  • David Layman on situating Field Museum's Sue

    David Layman on situating Field Museum's Sue
    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...
  • David Layman, exhibit designer, tells our harrowing stories

    David Layman, exhibit designer, tells our harrowing stories
    The signs spread across the floor of a high-end Chicago printer's office on this winter Friday afternoon probably should seem disjointed or abstract. "< LEFT Worker Rigging a Steel Beam," says one. "V BELOW North Tower Foundation Slab." "World Trade...
  • Biomechanics exhibit shines at Field Museum

    Biomechanics exhibit shines at Field Museum
    It's when you're sitting in an office chair in the center of an interactive museum exhibit, swiveling around at a dizzying pace because you are flapping an arm-length wing, that it really hits you: Biomechanics, the subject of a lavishly detailed new...
  • Chicagoans make pitch for George Lucas museum location

     Chicagoans make pitch for George Lucas museum location
    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...