| 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 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 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...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The guy in the black shirt had a confused look on his face. "Are you from here?" he said, which is what tourists ask when they're in desperate need of directions.
Our lost tourist had been walking east on Roosevelt Road when he confronted a sign near...
| 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...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 10:19 AM
The Field Museum of Natural History has received a $3 million gift from the Chicago-based Boeing Company, the museum announced Wednesday. The money will go to the museum's Action Center, which promotes conservation along the Amazon River, in the eastern...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 10:53 AM
With a public screening of "Jurassic Park" Friday guided by one of its top dinosaur scientists, the Field Museum is getting in on one of the city's notable recent arts trends, the curated movie showing.
"Miracle," for instance, the film about the 1980...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 10:39 AM
This month, residents can weigh in on the future of the Museum Campus, which is the proposed site for the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
The first public meeting focused on the long-range planning of the Museum Campus and sponsored by the Grant Park...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 12:11 PM
The Museum of Contemporary Art is going all out for David Bowie — some 400 objects, a gala, a Tumblr blog, a sponsorship from Louis Vuitton. This is understandable; the exhibit, organized by London's Victoria & Albert Museum, is making Chicago its...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 6:50 AM
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...