| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Go to Adler Planetarium if you're feeling big in your britches, a little prideful about our species' role in things.
In Chicago's lakefront astronomy museum, there's no escaping what a little grain of sand on an enormous beach we are.
| Jul 20, 2014
| 5:37 PM
A lime-green piece of fiberglass resin lay in the grass Sunday next to a concrete pad where statues paying homage to the Tuskegee Airmen had stood.
“This one is broken,” said 2-year-old David Molina-Kwan, in Chinese, to his mother as he...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:35 AM
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.
The museum's board Wednesday is expected...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:48 PM
For more than a century, The Force -- as in the force of law -- has been with open space advocates as they battled to keep Chicago’s lakefront free of buildings.
In 1909, Aaron Montgomery Ward won a historic court fight that kept the Field...
| Jun 26, 2014
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to plop a "Star Wars" museum on the lakefront whether Chicago likes it or not is a dumb idea.
But judging by the breathless media coverage, you'd think this is some great mayoral triumph. It isn't.
Mayor Rahmfather has been...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 7:30 AM
CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise operator, is honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I with a tour on waterways through Belgium and France.
The seven-day itinerary begins in Ostend, Belgium, with stops at the quaint city of Bruges;...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:56 AM
The point where outer space met the ocean floor will soon be on display at the Field Museum.
The museum recently acquired four meteorites that fell to the bottom of the ocean and became fossilized 500 million years ago.
Owing to their origin and rarity,...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:41 PM
The hops that Shedd Aquarium grows cannot claim pride of place.
To reach them, these days, you walk around a chain-link construction enclosure, duck beneath branches in a landscaped area and scramble up onto a low ledge of the aquarium's building.
| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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In 1990, some paleontologists found the most complete set of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ever discovered. They were happy, of course. Then the FBI took control of the bones, and the researchers weren’t as happy.
| Aug 19, 2014
| 1:04 PM
The full roster of artists performing as part of the first Chicago International Puppet Festival was announced on Tuesday. In January, the 11-day compilation will bring together many Chicago venues that will present works by puppeteers from the United...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 3:20 PM
Urban planner Leslie S. Pollock wrote for Outside Opinion on July 27, criticizing the proposed location of the Lucas museum near Soldier Field. Here's an edited response:
The Lucas museum should be more visible? You don't know the design, and it will...