Stories by Marc Vitali

Rare Holiday Crèche on Display at Art Institute of Chicago

A spectacular Nativity set blends heavenly drama with earthly delights. “Chicago Tonight” visited the museum and found an elaborate piece of art originally seen in churches in 18th century Naples.

'New Contemporary' at Art Institute Showcases 'Transformative' Gift

Andy Warhol. Mona Lisa Four Times, 1978. (The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Edlis/Neeson Collection. © 2015)

A revealing look at the massive new collection of contemporary art at the Art Institute, where the Modern Wing galleries have been transformed.

In the Trenches with War Photographer Lynsey Addario

| Sean Keenehan

See incredible images of combat zones around the world with a woman whose war photographs caught the attention of Steven Spielberg. Meet photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

Neko Case Performs Live in Chicago: August 2001

Exclusive footage from the WTTW11 vault

Neko Case

In 2001, a WTTW11 crew visited Schubas Tavern to interview rising singer-songwriter Neko Case – and to record a performance with her band, Neko Case & Her Boyfriends. In anticipation of Case's upcoming appearance at the MCA, watch exclusive, never-before-seen footage from that shoot.

Orchestra of Recycled Instruments Brings Miraculous Music to Chicago

(Courtesy La Orquesta de Reciclados de Cateura)

Triumphing over trash, the Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura emerged from a landfill slum in Paraguay to perform in concert halls around the world.

Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews: 'Never the Sinner,' 'Spill,' more

Scene from 'Spill' (Lara Goetsch)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic appraises a true Chicago crime story at Victory Gardens and a double dose of Irving Berlin. Get her take on these plays and more when she joins "Chicago Tonight" for a discussion.

John Cleese: 'I Can Take Almost Nothing Seriously'

John Cleese

Comedy legend John Cleese talks about the real-life inspiration for "Fawlty Towers" – and tells us why he doesn't think one of his more famous Monty Python skits is all that funny.

Joshua Bell Joins 'Chicago Tonight' for Conversation, Performance

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell has been a violin virtuoso since he was teenager in Bloomington, Indiana back in the 1980s. He talks with "Chicago Tonight" about his early years, the greatness of the Stradivarius and his favorite collaborators in this encore presentation. He'll also treat us to a live performance with pianist Sam Haywood.

SOFA Chicago Brings Local, International Galleries to Navy Pier

John Van Alstine, 'Sisyphean Holiday XXVII,' 2013. (Courtesy of SOFA Chicago)

This weekend marks an important annual date on the city’s arts calendar. That's because the art fair SOFA Chicago docks at Navy Pier the first weekend of November. "Chicago Tonight" visited yesterday for the installation of the show and found both local and international connections. Jay Shefsky brings us the story.

Teller Talks Magic Motives in Shakespeare Theater's ‘Tempest’

Teller, the usually silent half of magic duo Penn and Teller, speaks his mind about the production of "The Tempest" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, in which he weaves stage illusions into the story of an exiled duke who uses the supernatural world to protect his daughter.

'Homegrown' Talent on Display at New Art Institute Exhibition

In honor of its 150th anniversary, the School of the Art Institute has teamed up with the Art Institute of Chicago for a new exhibition called “Homegrown." The show highlights the many influential American artists who received instruction at the school and later became part of the permanent collection of what has been called “the world’s best museum.”

Rob Zombie's 'Great American Nightmare' Invades Chicago Suburb

| Chloe Riley

Rob Zombie made a name for himself as a purveyor of monstrous rock ‘n’ roll and scary movies. He also helps create haunted houses around the country. We speak with Zombie on location in west suburban Villa Park, the site of his "Great American Nightmare." 

TV Legend Norman Lear Reflects on a Long Life of Adventures

Television writer and producer Norman Lear took a lighthearted approach to many challenging social and political issues in groundbreaking sitcoms such as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” Lear, 93, joins us to reflect on the many adventures of his long life and to discuss the new edition of his memoir "Even This I Get to Experience."

Joshua Bell Joins 'Chicago Tonight' for Conversation, Performance

Joshua Bell (Eric Kabik)

Joshua Bell has been a violin virtuoso since he was teenager in Bloomington, Indiana back in the 1980s. He talks with "Chicago Tonight" about his early years, the greatness of the Stradivarius and his favorite collaborators. He'll also treat us to a live performance with pianist Sam Haywood.

Crain's Roundup: Pitchfork Media Sold, Playboy Pulls Plug on Nude Photos

New York-based Condé Nast purchases Chicago’s Pitchfork Media, while Playboy magazine announces it will no longer publish nude photographs starting next year. Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer talks about these and other top business headlines of the week. 

Rob Zombie’s 'Great American Nightmare' Invades Chicago Suburb

| Chloe Riley

Rob Zombie made a name for himself as a purveyor of monstrous rock ‘n’ roll and scary movies. He also helps create haunted houses around the country. We spoke with Zombie on location in west suburban Villa Park, the site of his "Great American Nightmare." 

Neurologist Offers Glimpse Inside Creative Process of Chicago Artists

Ed Paschke, "Spectrum 10," cropped

Art and medicine combine when a local neurologist gets his first art show–featuring his photographs of the palettes of famous Chicago artists.

Teller Talks Magic Motives in Shakespeare Theater's ‘Tempest’

Teller, the usually silent half of magic duo Penn and Teller, speaks his mind about the new production of "The Tempest" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, in which he weaves stage illusions into the story of an exiled duke who uses the supernatural world to protect his daughter.

Folk Music Legend Judy Collins on Career, Political Activism

Judy Collins (Photo by Brad Trent)

Judy Collins recounts her long music career and her political activism, which included testifying in Chicago in 1969 in support of the Chicago Seven. 

The Lucas Museum Strikes Back: An Update from Blair Kamin

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune walks us through the new designs for the Lucas Museum. Learn about the details of Chinese architect Ma Yansong's revised plan for the potential lakefront museum – and what is missing.

Expo Chicago Returns to Navy Pier this Weekend

Andy Warhol’s “Dorothy Lichtenstein,” 1974, Richard Gray Gallery. (Photo by Paul Audia)

It's that time of year again, when the world comes to Chicago – and Chicago stages a giant temporary art exhibition to welcome the world. With 43 international cities represented, 17 countries and literally thousands of artists participating, this weekend’s Expo Chicago has been anticipated well beyond the city limits. Learn more about the show.

Rita Moreno Shares Stories, Honors Local Author

Star of screen, stage, TV and music, talks about her amazing career

Celebrated actor, singer and dancer Rita Moreno is in Chicago to honor Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street, at an awards ceremony on Wednesday night. Tuesday, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning artist joins Chicago Tonight to share stories from her incredible life and career.

Tony Award-Winning Choreographer Works with New Joffrey Talent

The Joffrey Ballet presents "Millennials" Sept. 16-20 at the Auditorium Theatre.

Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is in town to work with veterans of his choreographic style at the Joffrey Ballet and some new kids on the block – the Joffrey recently added 10 dancers to the company. Wheeldon joins us in advance of the Joffrey's 60th anniversary season, kicking off Wednesday with the program Millennials.

'Everyday Modern' Explores Iannelli's Industrial Product Designs

| Sean Keenehan
The interior of the Pickwick Theatre features Iannelli's Art Deco designs

Chicago's Alfonso Iannelli was a prolific artist whose work adorns local landmarks such as the Adler Planetarium. He also devoted creative energy toward designing ingenious household appliances such as coffee makers. A new book titled Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli documents those efforts. Joining us tonight are the book’s author David Jameson and Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson.