A new book takes a look at the policy makers behind Chicago’s public housing system
In the quintessential baby boom town of Park Forest, Illinois, there was almost one child for every adult in the early 1960s. The ratio was high - nearly twice that of most places. Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes, the public housing development that once lined S. State Street, had a ratio of 2.86. Almost three children for every one adult. Read More...
Dizzying schedule presents the globe through film
The 45th annual Chicago International Film Festival offers nothing less than a pitch-perfect opportunity to experience the world through fine cinema. Read More...
'Fake' is whodunit, parlor drama and romance - but none are nailed
"Fake," the new Steppenwolf production, opens on the parlor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a room that, in the hands of set designer Todd Rosenthal, looks like the interior of an alchemist’s chest. The year is 1914, and Doyle (played by Francis Guinan), the bluff, mustachioed Brit responsible for the indomitable Sherlock Holmes, has gathered an unlikely quartet of guests. Read More...
Siskel Center explores groundbreaking early film
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s early October program “Vision in Motion: Filmmaking at the Institute of Design, 1944-70” examines one of the first art-film programs in the United States. Now part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Bauhaus-inspired Institute of Design offered film classes in Chicago as early as 1942. Read More...
What will Chicago look like in 2109? That's the question begged by a new exhibition now on display at the Chicago Tourism Center, 72 E. Randolph. Read More...
The tech-centric find GrubHub
A deflated economy inevitably finds fewer consumers eating out, but GrubHub.com co-founder and CEO Matt Maloney has found a sweet spot even in hard times by marketing home delivery to the tech- and social media-savvy. Read More...
Jam is a hit in Ukrainian Village
The horde of people lining the curb outside of Jam on a recent Saturday made for a scene of subdued chaos. Some of the tumult makes its way into the storefront, where close quarters and an open kitchen make for a constant bustle. Read More...
The book that became a film that became theatre
The challenge of transforming a movie about music snobs—based on Nick Hornby’s book about music snobs—into musical theatre is a peculiar one. Read More...
‘Ballou’ is a poignant examination of a great high school band
Ballou High School in Washington D.C.’s East Side is similar to a lot of schools in troubled urban areas in the United States. Located in a community plagued by crime, poverty and high unemployment, students enter the school through metal detectors when entering. Crimes sometimes occur inside the building. Read More...
Biographies and art coalesce in this fascinating show
Outsider artists are defined as those without formal training or contact with the mainstream art establishment. Often they’re marginalized in a larger sense, as in the case of mental patients and social misfits, whose work goes undiscovered until after their deaths. As is often the case with outsider art, the story of the creators behind the work can be as compelling as the works themselves. Read More...