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  • In Chicago fight, it's Emperor Justinian vs. Rahm Emanuel and George Lucas

    In Chicago fight, it's Emperor Justinian vs. Rahm Emanuel and George Lucas
    "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...
  • Chicago's China challenge: Translate goodwill into deals

    Chicago's China challenge: Translate goodwill into deals
    Beijing economic development official Cheng Yuhua has changed flights at O'Hare International Airport in the past, on her way to Washington, D.C., or New York. But her only real visit to Chicago came this week when she led a business delegation to...
  • Best of Museums 2014: The big stories, from 'Bowie' to orchids

    Best of Museums 2014: The big stories, from 'Bowie' to orchids
    The biggest museum story in Chicago in 2014 was, of course, the one that's on the horizon. During the year, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas chose Chicago for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, was offered a prime lakefront site in a current Soldier...
  • Field Museum to try to ID people's discoveries

      Field Museum to try to ID people's discoveries
    For years, the Field Museum has been receiving inquiries from people who found a rock, plant, bird or other specimen and were looking for help identifying the mysterious item. The museum staff would try informally, depending on "whether they had the...
  • Argonne X-ray beams used to analyze space dust

    Argonne X-ray beams used to analyze space dust
    Stardust, a 770-pound NASA spacecraft about the size of an office desk, zoomed around space in the early 2000s collecting space dust — a remarkable achievement in itself that involved the use of a dried gel known as aerogel. The gel, which feels...
  • George Lucas hires Crystal Bridges president to head his new museum

    George Lucas hires Crystal Bridges president to head his new museum
    George Lucas has anointed a new Jedi knight to head his new museum. The "Star Wars" filmmaker has tapped the current president of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas to lead his planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. Don...
  • Emanuel's riverfront sign law contradicts embrace of Lucas museum

     Emanuel's riverfront sign law contradicts embrace of Lucas museum
    How can Rahm Emanuel protect the riverfront from Trump wannabes but allow Mr. "Star Wars" to nuke the lakefront? To put it another way, was it right for the mayor to bash Donald Trump for slathering a monster-sized sign on his Chicago River skyscraper,...
  • Keep George Lucas museum off the lake

    Keep George Lucas museum off the lake
    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. To...
  • Inside the Field Museum's hidden flesh-eating beetle room

    Inside the Field Museum's hidden flesh-eating beetle room
    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...
  • Field invites top natural history museums to Chicago summit

    Field invites top natural history museums to Chicago summit
    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. Lariviere said...
  • What Indiana Jones gets wrong (and right) about archaeology

     What Indiana Jones gets wrong (and right) about archaeology
    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...