| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:26 AM
George Lucas has another suitor for his planned art museum -- and it's the city of Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti recently reached out to the "Star Wars" filmmaker in a letter expressing interest in bringing the museum to the L.A. area. Garcetti is...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Work on transforming the southern 40 acres of Northerly Island into a six-ecosystem nature park is well underway, and the area is set to be partially open to the public this fall, officials said Tuesday.
“(People) can come out and expect to see...
| 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.
| Sep 9, 2014
| 4:03 PM
The Chicago Park District has tapped acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang to help it develop a long-range plan for the Museum Campus, the district will announce Wednesday.
The plan takes on added import because Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give “Star...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 12:44 PM
Discovery Channel's Shark Week will never be mistaken for the video version of a scientific journal.
Tales of monster sharks and killer sharks and legendary, probably non-existent sharks predominate — what genuine shark scientists call "Shark...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:50 AM
In the early days of the tourist boom that now has the city awash in bus-boat-foot tours, clogging the summer sidewalks, streets and river, I remember a "guide" on one of the boat tours who had, shall we say, a unique take on our town.
He would point to...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:00 PM
Top national Republicans held their summer meeting in Chicago today in a symbolic defiance to hometown President Barack Obama, Illinois’ blue-state status and Democrats who control the Senate, and vowed an expensive and expansive mid-term campaign...
| 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...
| 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...