| Apr 9, 2013
When the Field Museum sold more than 30 works of 19th-century Western art for millions of dollars in 2004, it eased controversy by announcing plans to spend the proceeds on new artifacts and by holding on to four of the best paintings from the collection....
| Mar 13, 2013
The turn of the millennium was a heady time for many Chicago cultural institutions. Cheap loans, high investment returns and swelling endowments spawned a slew of new attractions along the lakefront and around downtown.
The Art Institute built its Modern...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Overhead trains, river-touring boats, legendary dinosaurs and American Girls: Chicago's best attractions appeal to all ages. And though it's a big city, Chicago extends a warm Midwestern welcome to visitors while keeping it real with an ample dose of...
| Jul 31, 2013
Chicago's Field Museum made headlines on four continents this year after researchers discovered a 600-year-old Chinese coin in late December on the Kenyan island of Manda, revealing there was trade between China and East Africa before European explorers...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Jun 5, 2013
Years before a budget crisis forced the Field Museum to slash research and cut science jobs, three former trustees raised alarms about financial practices at the museum — including some of the same practices that experts have said contributed to the...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Pat Fitzgerald makes his rounds at 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
"He'll say, 'The office is closed in five minutes. Get out of here,'" linebackers coach Randy Bates said. "And then he'll swing by a second time to make sure."
Thursday is date night for...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 11:25 AM
After Mark Cobb and his 12-year-old son Matthew finished an early morning deer hunting trip Sunday, he sat at the kitchen table and checked pictures from one of his two trail cameras, hoping they would show a prized buck he could track.
As Cobb, 50, of...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:28 PM
It's dark in the rooms that hold the new exhibition at the Field Museum, dark almost like in the deep ocean where many of the featured "Creatures of Light" live.
It's dim enough to get you wondering if you, too, after enough time in an environment...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
“It's almost too beautiful,” said the first scientist to descend into the Lascaux caves, according to “Scenes From the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux,” an important and highly engaging new exhibit at the Field Museum....
| Jun 5, 2013
When the Field Museum announced in December it would slash spending on science, the museum’s president and several trustees largely blamed the economic recession. But reporter Jason Grotto and I uncovered records showing a decade of major building...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Your dog romps on the same bed and dines at the same table as you do. So what separates you from your beloved pet? If you've ever wondered that question, the Chicago Humanities Festival hopes to enlighten you with its 24th annual fall festival line-up....