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  • Overlooked fish fin stirs the waters of evolution

    Overlooked fish fin stirs the waters of evolution
    A few hundred million years ago, fish fins morphed into the arms and legs of terrestrial animals, according to evolutionary theory. So, you’d think science would know just about everything about them by now. It turns out that some fins are more...
  • David Layman on situating Field Museum's Sue

    David Layman on situating Field Museum's Sue
    David Layman describes his approach, as Field Museum's lead exhibit designer, to situating Sue, the world's most famous and expensive T. rex skeleton, in the museum for her 2000 debut: "Sue was to become an institutional icon. "It needed to generate a...
  • David Layman, exhibit designer, tells our harrowing stories

    David Layman, exhibit designer, tells our harrowing stories
    The signs spread across the floor of a high-end Chicago printer's office on this winter Friday afternoon probably should seem disjointed or abstract. "< LEFT Worker Rigging a Steel Beam," says one. "V BELOW North Tower Foundation Slab." "World Trade...
  • Emanuel rips scab off my Soldier Field rehab wounds

     
    I've combined a post from earlier this week with a commentary for my Sunday print column My PDSD — Post-Daley Stress Disorder — is relatively under control. I sometimes cringe involuntarily when inserting my credit card into parking meter...
  • Biomechanics exhibit shines at Field Museum

    Biomechanics exhibit shines at Field Museum
    It's when you're sitting in an office chair in the center of an interactive museum exhibit, swiveling around at a dizzying pace because you are flapping an arm-length wing, that it really hits you: Biomechanics, the subject of a lavishly detailed new...
  • Chicago gets new international puppet festival

    Chicago gets new international puppet festival
    The depth of the Chicago winter next year is to be enlivened by the coming of puppets from far and wide. Slated for Jan. 15-26, 2015, the new city-wide cultural festival is to feature puppet shows at a variety of arts venues around the city.  The...
  • 'Earth Explorers' exhibit overwhelms with sights, sounds, facts

     'Earth Explorers' exhibit overwhelms with sights, sounds, facts
    The new "National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers" exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry is a bit like its title or a good Chicago pizza: overstuffed, but with a lot of quality ingredients. Exploring Earth is good. National Geographic,...
  • Survival, extinction at Notebaert Nature Museum

    Survival, extinction at Notebaert Nature Museum
    The new exhibition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is like a roll call of lost, or nearly lost, species: the passenger pigeon, the American bison, the black bear in Illinois, the Carolina parakeet. But "Nature's Struggle: Survival and Extinction,"...
  • A delightful and educational date with the dinos

    A delightful and educational date with the dinos
    The Field Museum's Sue deserves her reputation as a civic icon. But she doesn't walk, roar and put her massive jaws around your head. Oh, and she doesn't have feathers, either. For that kind of anatomically accurate adventure with a T. rex, you need...
  • Need a cultural boost? There are apps for that

    Event: Going on a first date at the Art Institute Enhance it: President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle, had their first date here. The museum's content-rich Tours app creates an itinerary for your own, possibly not so geopolitically significant,...
  • Neil Shubin tells the story of us in 'Your Inner Fish'

    Neil Shubin tells the story of us in 'Your Inner Fish'
    Moving downward from the shoulder, the arms of Neil Shubin, fish paleontologist, are built like this: one bone, two bones, lots of bones, digits. The same is true for a bird's wing, a leopard's forward leg and the front fins of Tiktaalik, the ancient...