| Nov 6, 2013
Maybe you've seen the signs reading "Burnham Centennial Prairie/Native Prairie Planting in Process" along South Lake Shore Drive or the lakefront path.
Maybe you've wondered about the grassy plants growing on the east side of the drive, or the trees...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 3:27 PM
The Chicago Opera Theater production of Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus & Euridice" made such a splash last month at the Eckhart Park swimming pool, where every seat was filled for all four performances, that the company is bringing the show back for three...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 8:55 PM
LONDON — What if, on Oct. 2, 2009, in Denmark, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge had said: "Tonight I have the honor to announce that the Games of the 31st Olympiad are awarded to the city of ... Chicago."?
In the nearly three...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:31 AM
One of the most deeply memorable events of last summer's Chicago Jazz Festival came courtesy of an exceptional New Orleans musician.
Saxophonist Donald Harrison, who had been booked to close the event, invited Chicago piano master Willie Pickens to play...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:45 AM
The year began badly for Riccardo Muti – and, by extension, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – when the maestro suffered a bout of flu followed by hernia surgery within only a couple of weeks in January. These latest health setbacks forced...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 2:24 PM
BOURBONNAIS — Somebody asked new Bears tight end Martellus Bennett if he had eaten at Ditka's restaurant yet.
"I'm not a big steak person (and) I don't eat pork,'' Bennett said. "I'm not a Muslim but I don't eat pork.''
Another questioner at...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:57 AM
The year may be drawing to a close, but not before two world premieres light up our stages.
That they originate from opposite ends of the musical spectrum – one from a master of age-old ragtime, the other from a fearless experimenter in new...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:23 AM
They don't make jazz pianists like Jodie Christian anymore.
The admired Chicago artist, who died last year at age 80, sounded like no one else in jazz, the ingenuity of his harmonies matched by the luster of his touch.
So when musicians from across...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
This will be a singular weekend in Chicago jazz, with a remarkable breadth of activity and styles. Among the highlights:
Herbie Hancock: We face a shortage of jazz legends these days, the old ones having passed away and the new ones unlikely to match...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:38 AM
The Actors' Equity union has a new leader for its Chicago office, which covers the middle third of America.
Sean Taylor, a former assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois and an attorney for the Chicago Park District, is the Central regional...
| Oct 20, 2013
Few sights in sport are more stirring than eight rowers propelling a thin racing shell across the water. Legs drive forward. Arms pull backward. Oars carve through the water in perfect, V-shaped synchronization. It's visual poetry—and in some...