| Aug 10, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Cook County biologists got the chance to study a type of wildlife rarely spotted in the Chicago area when a fisherman in Orland Park found a surprise wriggling at the end of his line: a two-and-a-half-foot long, five-pound American eel.
It's the third...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 6:41 AM
Shark Week is not an official holiday. Not yet.
But the annual celebration of things toothy and cartilaginous now gets marked in dozens of countries around the world and even in places far inland, like Chicago.
Indeed, it is pretty much a summer...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 12:23 PM
At least once a month, Patrick Carlson takes the Blue Line to the Loop and hops on a CTA bus to Museum Campus, home to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.
Sometimes he rides his bike from his Logan Square home to the Lakefront...
| 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...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:02 PM
Just because Nik Wallenda is willing to risk his life on the high wire doesn't mean Chicago should take a chance too.
Yet the city that welcomed daredevil Evel Knievel and a doomed televised stunt that introduced the concept of jumping the shark...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Walt Disney is sticking around, jellyfish are going away while snow monkeys arrive, and David Bowie, as represented by his artifacts, is coming to town.
The fall museum calendar is a busy one, unveiling new shows and new events as well as the reprise of...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:33 PM
"Call Northside 777." "Medium Cool." "The Blues Brothers." "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." "The Dark Knight." Chicago finds itself on screen a lot. As moviegoers, we can't help but bring a third eye to the experience of watching a film shot here. One eye on...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 4:45 AM
Chicago public schools, along with dozens of districts in the suburbs, will remain closed for the second straight day Tuesday because of the weather.
Barbara Byrd Bennett, the head of CPS, cited the continued cold temperatures expected Tuesday. After...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:20 PM
Frigid temperatures today forced many city cultural attractions to choose between opening for planned free-admission days and shutting down because of the weather.
The state requires museums on public park land to charge no admission 52 days per year,...