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Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'

Robert Loerzel | Posted 11.02.2014 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

It doesn't seem quite correct to label "The Clock" as a film; it certainly isn't a traditional example of a movie. But the act of watching "The Clock" inside the dark gallery is essentially a moviegoing experience.

Museum Named Among Nation's Best Wedding Venues For Fourth Time

Posted 01.24.2014 | Chicago

For the fourth consecutive year, a Chicago museum has been named among the top wedding venues in the nation. The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Cl...

Joseph Erbentraut

Take A Look Inside One Of Chicago's Creepiest Museums | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.29.2013 | Chicago

Did you know Chicago is home to the only museum specifically dedicated to medical surgery in North America? And that that museum is housed in one of t...

PHOTOS: New 'Creatures' Exhibit Opens At Field Museum

Posted 03.07.2013 | Chicago

From fireflies to fast cars, humans are drawn to bright shiny things — a fascination the Field Museum has capitalized on in its latest exhibit which...

Bend, Fold, & Mutilate at the MCA's 'Destroy the Picture'

Paul Klein | Posted 04.22.2013 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void is an exhibit that looks at the global redirection of art immediately after World War II, which reinforces the notion that the same good idea can happen in multiple places at once.

DuSable Museum's Attendance Dipped Drastically In 2012

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 02.10.2013 | Chicago

Attendance at the DuSable Museum of African American History fell 36 percent in 2012 over the previous year — the largest drop of any major museum i...

Winter Is Actually A Great Time To Visit Chicago

Lisa Dworkin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Travel
Lisa Dworkin

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago is a wonderful year-round destination. Yes, Chicago's nickname is "The Windy City," which conjures up images of being blown down city streets by an icy wind off of Lake Michigan.

PHOTOS: An Art Institute Favorite Gets Holiday Flair

Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago

The ultra-detailed tiny spaces of the Throrne Miniature Rooms are one of the best-loved exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, and this year, the l...

PHOTOS: 'Charlie Brown' Exhibit Opens At MSI

Posted 10.28.2012 | Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry last week opened its newest temporary exhibition -- an homage to the "Peanuts" gang, the inspiring creations of Min...

Chicago: The City That Creates

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.26.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I have been singing the praises of Chicago as a cultural force since my first move abroad to Paris in 1986. However, there is no need take my word for it, or the promises of a government document.

Exploring Chicago's Lakefront From Lincoln Park To Grant Park

Lisa Dworkin | Posted 10.13.2012 | Travel
Lisa Dworkin

Enjoy numerous recreational activities, first-rate shopping and untamed nature within the city limits.

Chicago's Candy-Making Past Focus Of New Exhibit

Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago

Chicago history is filled with plenty of darkness and tragedy, but the city's past isn't all about viciously destructive fires and mobster-led massacr...

PHOTOS: Inside The Museum Of Science & Industry's Revamped 'Smart Home'

Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry last month unveiled their revamped "Smart Home" exhibit, an eco-friendly home built on the museum's grounds. ...

Scads of Quality

Paul Klein | Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Curious how most ArtLetters find a subplot or theme circulating through much of the work I preview. This week it's art whose materials are recycled, reused or artfully replicate something in another medium.

PHOTOS: A Look Inside The CHM's 'Out In Chicago'

Posted 03.06.2012 | Chicago

Last spring, the Chicago History Museum debuted its "Out In Chicago" exhibition, a groundbreaking, LGBT-centric take on Chicago history that emphasize...

Got Art?

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

This list is just a small selection of all the wonderful creative things that are going on in Chicago this month, and I'm hoping to make it to as many events as I can.

Two-Headed Fetus and Other Oddities in the Gold Coast

Priya Malhotra | Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

If you're interested in architecture, art, or scenic views, the International Museum of Surgical Science might be the place for you. But if you're interested in surgical history this museum is the place for you.

WATCH: Museum Of Science And Industry Wants You For 'Month At The Museum' 2

Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

After a successful debut of its "Month at the Museum" experiment last fall, the Museum of Science and Industry has put out a nationwide call for a new...

Field Museum Attendance Down 50 Percent Since 2006

Crain's Chicago Business | By: Steven R. Strahler and Shia Kapos | Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago

As recently as 2006, the Field Museum was the city's top tourist attraction, drawing more than 2 million visitors with "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age...

Chicago Museums Host Kid-Friendly Exhibits In April

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 05.27.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's museums have endless ways to entertain and educate your kids, even when you don't. For ideas on where to take your family in April, check ou...

Field Museum Sleepover: Spend The Night With Sue

| Jessica Radloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last month was all about sleeping over with the fishes at the Shedd; this year it's about Sue, the T. rex. Thanks to a mention in USA Today as one of ...

69th Annual Christmas Around The World And Holidays Of Light

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry has officially decked the halls with boughs of holly. MSI is kicking off the holiday season with their 69th annual...

PHOTOS: How Chicago Fared On 'America's Favorite Cities' List

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Travel & Leisure magazine has released their annual "America's Favorite Cities" listings, and, being self-conscious Chicagoans, we wanted to see how o...

Next Week: Three Great Lakefront Museums With Free Days

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If you've been looking for an excuse to get down to some of Chicago's great lakefront museums, next week will provide the perfect one: they'll be free...

CURATOR INTERVIEW: Michael Darling, New Curator At Chicago's Museum Of Contemporary Art Opens Up

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

On the job just a month, Michael Darling is the new Head Curator of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Chosen by Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, Da...