| 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"...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 9:26 AM
"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...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:21 PM
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...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 1:04 PM
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...
| 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 17, 2014
| 10:07 AM
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...
| 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,...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 6:12 AM
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...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:49 PM
At the Shedd Aquarium, it is possible, at times, to imagine yourself as a fish swimming in a crowded school — especially if you try to head downstream while everybody else in the place is going up.
Drawing more then 2 million visitors each year to...
| 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...