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A Museum Hack tour in progress at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy of Museum Hack)

Museum Hack’s offbeat tours of the Art Institute of Chicago aim to engage the next generation of museum-goers. “Your job is fun first, education along the way,” says one tour guide.

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(Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr)

Frank Lloyd Wright homes, outdoor festivals, comfort food and a giant garage sale usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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A new chapter in Chicago’s cultural offerings begins this week.

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A gargoyle flies above the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Randolph Street. (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

The recently installed “Flying Creatures Initiative” on the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Randolph Street is part of the city’s Year of Public Art.

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James McNeill Whistler. “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother),” 1871. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 699. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.

We visit the Art Institute of Chicago to find out more about the 19th century oil painting “Arrangement in Grey and Black, Number One” – commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother.” 

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Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin filed legislation that would direct future property tax receipts from a possible Thompson Center redevelopment to Chicago Public Schools. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Gov. Bruce Rauner says property taxes generated from the sale of the James R. Thompson Center could top $45 million per year, and Republican-backed legislation introduced Friday would send every one of those dollars to Chicago Public Schools.

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Sample beer and play giant Jenga at Soldier Field on Saturday. (Courtesy of Red Frog Events)

A beer tasting in Soldier Field, live music and kite-flying pros usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Ken Lund / Flickr)

What does the future hold for Helmut Jahn’s 16-story Loop office building?

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The 7-foot-tall stone man has been shouldering a heavy burden on the corner of a building in Chicago’s industrial Southeast Side since around 1915. More than hundred years without a break! But there’s some debate as to exactly who he is.

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Emily Graslie appears on Chicago Tonight in September 2015.

The rally, march and expo is projected to be among the largest of those taking place Saturday in 400-plus cities worldwide.

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(John W. Iwanski / Flickr)

The city’s annual Summer Film Series returns with a line-up of Chicago classics and two of the most-buzzed about movies of 2016.

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Protesters plan on bringing three inflatable chickens to Saturday’s march. The balloons are meant to resemble President Trump. (Courtesy of Taran Brar)

Tax Day is coming up and thousands have expressed interest in sending the president a message by protesting his refusal to release his tax returns. “What is he hiding?” asked Tax March Chicago organizer Taran Brar.

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(Courtesy of Spring 2017 Soul Reunion)

Spring is in the air. From dance parties to an art fair and family Easter party, here are 10 ways to celebrate the weekend in and around Chicago.

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet worked with artist Eduardo Kac to create "Inner Telescope," a piece of artwork that is currently aboard a space station. (Courtesy of Eduardo Kac)

As artwork by a Chicago artist orbits the Earth aboard the International Space Station, a medley of professionals will explore how technology and artificial intelligence have shaped their industries. 

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From left: Ameya Pawar, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Craig Futterman participate in this weekend’s symposium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy of SAIC)

About 15 speakers will lead “conversations and wake-up calls” this weekend as part of a three-day symposium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Alexander Calder, “Flamingo” (vincent desjardins / Flickr)

This week, a significant work by artist Alexander Calder was dismantled from the lobby of the Willis Tower and is being moved into storage. Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago says a second major Calder work may also be in danger of disappearing.