| Nov 7, 2014
| 2:26 PM
The recently released conceptual plan for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is distracting.
It is a distraction from the real issue at hand: whether the museum — as a nascent institution — warrants a prime site on Chicago's...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 6:39 AM
Imagine zooming through the sky from Union Station, past Buckingham Fountain with stops at the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium in a vessel that resembles an amusement park ride before ending your trip at McCormick Place.
The so-called "urban gondola"...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 1:36 PM
A few years back, the transcript of an early story meeting between the creators of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" surfaced on the Internet. In it, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director Steven Spielberg sit down with executive producer George Lucas, who...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 3:00 PM
If you expected filmmaker George Lucas to give Chicago a low-slung museum that would slip quietly into the fiercely contested ground of the city's lakefront, I have news for you: You expected wrong.
A conceptual plan for the proposed Lucas Museum of...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 10:41 AM
In a new initiative in its industry, the Field Museum of Natural History plans to host representatives of fellow leading natural-history museums at a meeting in the spring of 2015, Field president Richard Lariviere said in an interview.
| Oct 27, 2014
| 1:28 PM
The chipmunk was a schmuck, a nobody. He had been dead a long time. He would not be missed. If Anna Goldman knew anything, it was dead chipmunks, and this one was like all the rest — dead. Ever since becoming the lead preparer of dead mammals at the...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 12:57 PM
The first striking thing in "Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti," the haunting, otherworldly new temporary exhibition at the Field Museum, was the smell.
It's earthy, dusky, not unpleasant, and it offered an immediate sense of something real finding its...
| Oct 22, 2014
George Lucas' proposed lakefront museum is a bad idea. A really bad idea. And not because it may be illegal, as some lakefront preservationists argue.
That is, even if the museum is perfectly legal, it is perfectly misplaced and ill-conceived.
| Oct 21, 2014
| 8:42 PM
Dozens of residents sat around tables at the Spertus Institute on Tuesday night to discuss the future of Chicago's Museum Campus.
The meeting was the beginning of a broad effort to improve recreation, access, sustainability and education across the 375-...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Yes, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas is building a museum on Chicago's lakefront. But it will not be a “Star Wars” museum, the filmmaker said in Chicago Friday, calling that an idea that has been “blown all out of...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 4:36 AM
DanceWorks Chicago, eighth blackbird and Walkabout Theater Company are among 12 Chicago arts organizations receiving grants for international collaborations from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The MacArthur Foundation...