| May 21, 2014
A long time ago, at a studio far, far away, a young filmmaker coming off his first success opted to leave around a half-million dollars in pay on the negotiating table in exchange for more control over the project he was about to begin.
| May 24, 2014
| 8:39 AM
Lake Shore Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic Sunday morning from Hollywood Avenue to 57th Street for Bike the Drive.
The approximately 14.5-mile stretch of road will be closed from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the annual cycling event organized by the...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Summer is traditionally a slow time for museum exhibit openings. This could be because of the heat or the humidity or the marked decrease in school field trips during the season. No matter. Area museums and zoos do make concerted efforts to bring in...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Need to replicate a hinge on a washing machine? Create wedding cake ornamentation? Convert vinyl records to digital?
Head to the new Idea Lab media studio at the 95th Street branch of the Naperville Public Library. Adjacent to the second-floor computer...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Letters to the editor from Orland Park, Tinley Park, Lansing, Homewood and Lockport.
Tax the wealthy
Abraham Lincoln, considered by many the greatest president in U.S. history, believed government could do great things. Lincoln, the creator of our...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 4:11 AM
A rainbow of prom dresses is on display at a Batavia salon, thanks to a charity that aims to fill the gaps for the school district's poorer students.
"We've done warm weather items and school supplies, so we were trying to think of other ways to help"...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:32 PM
The museum in "Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England" is no stately edifice adorning a public park, no shimmering repository of great artifacts.
The collection in the play's Pratt Museum — on the campus of a Massachusetts college and...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:57 PM
The new "National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers" exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry is a bit like its title or a good Chicago pizza: overstuffed, but with a lot of quality ingredients.
Exploring Earth is good. National Geographic,...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 11:40 AM
An inspiring new experience just alighted at the Museum of Science and Industry's giant-domed Omnimax. A 40-minute documentary from SK Films, "Flight of the Butterflies" follows twin tracks: actual footage of monarchs during their mind-blowing annual...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:22 AM
Looking for a last-minute vacation destination for spring break? How about a trip to Antarctica? Or maybe an African safari, or exploring Mexico’s Cave of Crystals? You can hit all of these places (with a little imagination, natch) in one stop,...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 3:33 PM
Cecily Strong and Katie Rich go back a few years.
Before Strong joined the cast of NBC's “Saturday Night Live” in 2012 and was named co-anchor of “Weekend Update” last year, she was an understudy for Rich at Second City's...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Hundreds of schools, including the Chicago Public Schools, have decided to remain closed on Tuesday because of the dangerous cold. "Tuesday’s expected continuation of subzero temperatures and high winds will make it dangerous for children and...