| Mar 12, 2013
| 8:58 PM
In the years before the global financial crisis hit, many of Chicago’s cultural institutions took on major financial risks by borrowing tens of millions of dollars to fund expansions, renovations and other big-ticket projects.
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Landmarks Illinois celebrated its seventh and largest fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on March 7, with more than 500 patrons in attendance. Leslie Hindman, John W. McCarter Jr. and Target Corp. were named "Legendary Landmarks."
| Mar 17, 2013
| 8:58 PM
Before the rest of the world fell in love with Bushman the gorilla at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, the popular primate captured the heart of a little girl in Africa who helped care for him as a baby.
On Sunday, Winifred Smith, 92, and her family...
| 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...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Darth Vader and a squadron of more than a dozen Imperial soldiers and Stormtroopers stroll into Chicago's Adler Planetarium on a Thursday night and gather around a large-scale model of the Earth as if planning to attack it with their superweapon the Death...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:48 PM
At first glance, the Chicago Cultural Mile ("Where Culture & Commerce Meet") resembles nothing so much as a gerrymandered congressional district.
According to its website, this officially arty and mercantile stretch begins at Michigan Avenue and the...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 5:56 AM
Research and planning are often key factors scientists cite when they make a great discovery. Only rarely does being out of shape play a role.
But Field Museum scientist Jim Holstein said being dog-tired after a long day of trekking through a Nevada...
| May 22, 2013
| 2:52 PM
Not every petting zoo contains cuddly, pint-size quadrupeds. For that matter, not every petting zoo features actual living creatures.
Sydney-based visual-spectacle performance troupe Erth Visual and Physical Inc. brings its collection of prehistoric...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday night that he will accept online applications from people who want to succeed former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson and ask a committee to winnow the field of contenders.
The web site will be up Friday and the panel will...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 2:29 PM
Glowing fish, giant dinosaurs, plasticized animals and more. That's not a description of the toy aisles at Target, or at least it's not only that. It also spotlights what's coming up in the new year at the area's family museums and zoos. Here are some...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The hardest thing about visiting Chicago is deciding where to take the kids first — Chicago's famous Lakefront where you can ride bikes and in-line skate, or Lincoln Park where you can visit one of the few free zoos (http://www.lpzoo.org) in the...