Stories by Marc Vitali

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride

A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

Eighth Blackbird Takes Flight at Arts Club of Chicago

(Saverio Truglia / Eighth Blackbird)

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird performs this weekend at the Arts Club of Chicago. We hear from them in conversation and performance.

Actor Geraldine Chaplin Reflects on Lengthy Film Career

Geraldine Chaplin

The actor talks about making the classic film “Doctor Zhivago,” the Chicago International Film Festival, and her famous father, Charlie Chaplin.

New Architecture Book Looks at ‘Building Chicago’

Masterworks of Chicago architecture from the early days through the 21st century: A new book from a longtime curator at the Art Institute looks at “Building Chicago.”

Innovation, Sustainability Key to Future of Farming in Illinois

Nic Helderman of Mighty Vine.

Tomatoes and salad greens that are served in upscale Chicago restaurants are grown in Ogle County, Illinois. We visit the source.

Mark Kelly on the Future, and Importance, of Chicago’s Cultural Mission

Mark Kelly of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Free events like the Chicago Blues Festival are evolving. We speak with Chicago’s new commissioner of cultural affairs and special events about the future of city celebrations.

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride

A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

What’s Ahead for Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History

With the recent opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we get an update on Chicago's museum of African American history.

World Premiere Play ‘Man in the Ring’ Much More than a Boxing Story

Kamal Angelo Bolden, Thomas J. Cox in a scene from "Man in the Ring." (Michael Brosilow / Court Theatre)

The story behind a new stage adaptation of an infamous–and fatal–boxing match that was televised in the 1960s.

Cooking with Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless joins us with recipes for pork tacos and a tequila-based cocktail of his own invention.

Tim Schneider on Future of GOP, Trump’s Debate Performance

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Chicago Tonight)

The head of the Illinois Republican Party looks ahead to the future of his party and evaluates Donald Trump's performance in Monday’s presidential debate.

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda: Chicago is Best Theater Town

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Chicago Tonight)

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about Chicago, “Sesame Street” and his theatrical blockbuster.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘In the Heights,’ ‘Wonderful Town,’ More

“In the Heights” hits the stage in a homegrown Chicago production. Hedy Weiss reviews the first show by the creator of “Hamilton,” plus musicals at the Goodman Theatre and three suburban theaters.

Saffron Caravan Uses Music to Build Bridges Between Cultures

A world music group that uses the arts as a vehicle for peace-building. We have a performance by the ensemble Saffron Caravan.

Mary Zimmerman Revives Adventurous ‘Wonderful Town’ at Goodman Theatre

Director Mary Zimmerman leads a rehearsal for “Wonderful Town,” on stage at Goodman Theatre Sept. 10 through Oct. 16, 2016. (Liz Lauren / Goodman Theatre)

It's been more than a  decade since there's been a major revival of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy. Director Mary Zimmerman tells us about the show.

Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Build on Tradition at U of C Campus

The University of Chicago’s Campus North Residential Commons and Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons. (Tom Harris Photography / University of Chicago)

Architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang unveil their new Commons building and courtyard at the University of Chicago. We speak with the architect and get a tour.

PBS Doc ‘All the Difference’ Follows Dreams of 2 Young Men

Krishaun Branch at Urban Prep Graduation (Tod Lending / Courtesy POV)

A pair of ambitious teenagers rise above the challenges of coming of age in Englewood. We preview an inspiring documentary called “All the Difference.”

Upcoming Art Auction a ‘Rare Opportunity’ for Collectors

A look into the world of art glass paperweights as we preview an upcoming auction from a very famous collection.

New Book Explores the Rise of Steppenwolf Theatre

A new book looks at pivotal moments in the history of Steppenwolf Theatre. We hear from the author and a longtime ensemble member.

Turbulence of America in 1930s Gives Rise to Distinct Artistic Voices

Grant Wood, “American Gothic,” 1930. (Friends of American Art Collection. The Art Institute of Chicago)

It has been said that the Great Depression was the best thing that ever happened to American artists. A new exhibition looks at how artists of the 1930s applied their diverse visions to the American dream during this time of immense change.

Actor Kevin Bacon Speaks With Young Chicago Authors

Kevin Bacon at a Young Chicago Authors event on Thursday.

We hear from actor Kevin Bacon about helping out a group of young Chicago authors known as the Bomb Squad.

How Playboy Magazine Created a Taste for Architecture and Design

"Designs for Living" article in July 1961 Playboy magazine issue. (Courtesy of Elmhust Art Museum)

We revisit an exhibition in suburban Elmhurst that examines how Playboy exposed its readers to new concepts in architecture and design.

Innovation, Sustainability Key to Future of Farming in Illinois

Nic Helderman of Mighty Vine.

Tomatoes and salad greens that are served in upscale Chicago restaurants are grown in Ogle County, Illinois. We visit the source.

Lipizzan Horses Trained in Dressage a Noble Mix of Athlete, Artist

On a horse farm north of Chicago, a European tradition combines artistry and athletic prowess. We meet some of the star athletes–and the ponies that will someday take their place.

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Jonathan Pryce on his Many Roles for Stage, Screen

Actor Jonathan Pryce on "Chicago Tonight."

Actor Jonathan Pryce joins us to talk about the controversial character Shylock he portrays in Shakepeare's “The Merchant of Venice”–and his scene-stealing role in “Game of Thrones.”