Art Institute Expands Display of Arms, Armor and Medieval Art

“Armor for Man and Horse,” about 1520 with modern costume. South German, Nuremberg. The Art Institute of Chicago, George F. Harding Collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago unveils new galleries of medieval and Renaissance art – including the re-installation of the popular arms and armor collection. We get a sneak peek.

How Rising Interest Rates Will Affect Consumers and the Economy


Last week’s rate hike is a sign of optimism over growth in the U.S. economy. But how will it impact borrowing, like mortgage and credit card rates?

Chicago Scholar Tackles ‘Sex and the Constitution’


From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.

Chicago Singer Bethany Thomas Releases ‘First’ EP


Next week, the Jeff Award-winning actress and singer releases her first recording, called “First.” She joins us in performance and discussion.

Chicagoan Wants Tampons, Pads for Birthday to Donate to Homeless

Never Go Without Founder Jesseca Rhymes (Courtesy of Rebecca Healy)

For the third consecutive year, Jesseca Rhymes is asking for feminine hygiene products for her birthday. Not for herself but for women experiencing homelessness.

US Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Grilled on Day 2 of Hearings


Former U.S. Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. 

New Book Chronicles the Great Lakes’ History and Threats

(Dustin Tinney / Flickr)

In his book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” author Dan Egan chronicles the history of the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes as well as the natural and man-made dangers threatening it.

Report: Chicago Jumps in Technology Innovation Rankings

Chicago made significant strides as a technology innovation hub in the eyes of industry leaders, according to KPMG’s 2017 Global Technology Innovation Survey. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Chicago made significant strides as a technology innovation hub in the eyes of industry leaders over the last year, according to a new report. Why the jump?

Logan Square, Pilsen at Crux of Gentrification Debate


We explore two neighborhoods that are at the epicenter of the gentrification battle, and how elected officials, community groups and developers are waging it.

Donors Hear Extinction Stories at Shedd Conservation Event

Western pond turtle (Courtesy of Yosemite National Park)

The tale of the Western pond turtle was one of several success stories shared with donors Monday evening at a Shedd Aquarium event focused on conservation efforts nationwide. 

Chicago Magazine’s In-Depth Look at ‘Where to Buy Now’

(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

Ten years ago, Chicago real estate bottomed out – and it still hasn’t fully recovered. But depending on what buyers are looking for, there are promising neighborhoods and suburbs all around.

Coonley 2nd-Graders Reimagine Great Chicago Fire on Social Media

View from the south west corner of Dearborn and Monroe, 1871. (Jex Bardwell / Chicago History Museum)

Nearly 150 years after a small barn fire ballooned into a two-day blaze that engulfed the city, the story of the Great Chicago Fire is being retold. On social media.

‘Photographing Freetowns’ Highlights Little-Known African-American Communities

Images like this one from Helen Balfour Morrison comprise the exhibition “Photographing Freetowns.”

A new exhibition at the Newberry Library features a rarely seen collection of work by a Chicago-area photographer who documented the history of small communities founded by former slaves after the Civil War.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Plan for Lake Calumet?

Lake Calumet (Tom Kort /

Lake Calumet has changed shape and purpose many times over the years. Geoffrey Baer takes a look at its past and future in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Activist-Turned-Photographer Sharpens Focus on Social Movements

(Maria Varela / Courtesy of the National Museum of Mexican Art)

A collection of photographs by Maria Varela at the National Museum of Mexican Art portrays the evolution of social movements in the U.S.  

Chicago City Council to Vote on Street Performer Restrictions


City Council is expected to vote March 29 on an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance that would restrict some street performers from major stretches of two downtown streets.