| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions....
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Historian Michael G. Kammen began his career steeped in colonial America. But the era quickly proved too intellectually confining for a man who over the course of a prolific career examined such diverse topics as controversies over public art and the...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Sitting in a packed house of excited, engaged young people at a concert by Third Coast Percussion last week in the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, I was reminded how much the city's lively – and getting livelier all the time...
| Jan 24, 2014
When her best-selling debut novel, "Loving Frank" — about Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her notorious extramarital affair with architect Frank Lloyd Wright — appeared in 2007, Nancy Horan seems to have ushered in a new literary genre. Since...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
As 2013 winds to a close, we thought we'd take one more look back at the year's literary highlights. We asked Printers Row Journal contributors to write about a book they read this year that will linger in their minds well into 2014. Here's what they...
| Feb 14, 2014
We are group of moms from Glen Ellyn who started meeting in March 2005.
We meet about every six weeks. The host chooses the book. A host and co-host make dinner and sometimes decorate to go with the theme of the book we're...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Since winning the Emmy for playing shot-calling criminal matriarch Mags Bennett on "Justified," Margo Martindale has been doing impressive work across the spectrum. TV critics have singled out her performance opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges on the...
| Feb 21, 2014
J.K. Rowling made some news when she admitted to Emma Watson in an interview that she now believes that Hermione Granger should have been romantically paired with Harry Potter, rather than Ron Weasley.
Speaking to the actress who brought Hermione to...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 2:00 PM
The most surprising thing about "Her," the new Spike Jonze movie, is not that it dares to suggest an otherwise sane person might fall in love with the operating system that runs his computer and his smartphone. Or that middle-aged men look good in high-...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:30 PM
As an artist, Roberta Russell had a vision for the house that she and her husband built in 1971. It had to be sleek, one story, with modern touches like an intercom and mirrored walls.
Oh yes, the kitchen had to be round — with a circular island...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Despite her husband's deep distaste for Modern art, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller became nationally prominent as one of the avant garde movement's earliest and most influential American patrons — and the driving force behind the founding of New York's...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Liz and Mark Ostoich were staying at the Willows, a boutique hotel in downtown Palm Springs, when they had the idea to buy a home in the desert resort town. They looked up at the hillside where they now reside and told themselves that if they were to live...