| Nov 18, 2014
| 6:47 PM
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,...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 5:31 PM
During its 83 years of operation, State Line Power Station was one of the top polluters in the Chicago area.
Now it's being torn down, but some environmentalists fear that the site could become the site of another form of pollution — petcoke, a...
| 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 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 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.
| 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 8, 2014
A millionaire — an iconoclastic, private collection — a plan for a museum in a city park.
Sound familiar? It should.
It is not only George Lucas' proposal for a museum on Chicago's lakefront, but also one that is old hat for the city....
| 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 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 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 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...