| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:47 PM
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.
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:57 PM
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,...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:16 AM
Five years in the making, the latest exhibit from The Field Museum just opened—a thoroughly engaging examination of the seeming superpowers possessed by earth’s myriad creatures, past and present. From the bite force of the T. rex (and today&...
| 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.
| 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 6, 2014
| 2:17 PM
The only way Chicago's Field Museum could have had a better benefactor is if there had been a generous turn-of-the-last-century tycoon named "Natural History."
Considering the unlikelihood of that, "Field" will do. Marshall Field was a retailing mogul...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 1:15 PM
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday announced an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:03 AM
George Lucas has chosen the architectural team that will work on his planned museum in Chicago, selecting blue-chip talent both local and international. The team includes Beijing-based Ma Yansong, the founder of China's MAD Architects, and Chicago-based...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 10:31 AM
The plaza where the old Chicago Water Tower sits is a place where residents and shoppers briskly walk through and where tourists stop to hop in horse-drawn carriages. But it holds a special place for Chicago’s first and only female mayor, Jane...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Call it extreme parenting: Scientists announced the discovery of a deep sea octopus mom that faithfully guarded the same clutch of eggs for a record-breaking 4-1/2 years.
"This is the longest brooding or gestation of any animal on the planet," said Brad...
| Mar 7, 2014
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...