Stories by Marc Vitali

‘Shakespeare in Love’ Bridges Gap from Film to Stage

(Credit: HMS Media and Chicago Shakespeare)

It’s not often that an Oscar winner for best picture gets translated to the stage. “Shakespeare in Love” is getting its U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 

Historian’s New Book Explores ‘The American Spirit’

Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough has been called the “elder statesman of American history” and the “rememberer-in-chief.” He joins us to discuss his new book.

‘Aladdin’ National Tour Begins Magic Carpet Ride in Chicago

Chicago actor Jonathan Weir rehearses for the role of Jafar in “Aladdin.” (Justin Barbin / Broadway in Chicago)

A conversation with actors Anthony Murphy and Chicago’s own Jonathan Weir from the production “Aladdin.”

The Surprising Story Behind ‘Whistler’s Mother’

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.” 

Graphic Artist Returns to Chicago to Inspire Next Generation

Craig Rex Perry grew up in Englewood and has studied and worked around the world. We catch up with him in Kenwood during a master class on cartooning – and careers.

‘Shakespeare in Love’ Bridges Gap from Film to Stage

(Credit: HMS Media and Chicago Shakespeare)

It’s not often that an Oscar winner for best picture gets translated to the stage. “Shakespeare in Love” is getting its U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 

The Gift of ‘Seinfeld’ That Just Won’t Quit

(Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Local author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on the cultural impact of the TV show “Seinfeld.”

Celebrating 30 Years of Art at a Chicago Museum Without Borders

Contemporary art with Mexican roots: Celebrating 30 years at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

Photographer Sabine Weiss, 92, ‘Very Pleased’ With Life’s Work

(© Sabine Weiss / Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago)

Chicago Tonight meets a celebrated photographer who captured the human condition with her camera.

‘My Fair Lady’ Brings Lerner and Loewe to Lyric Opera

Lisa O’Hare and Richard Grant (Courtesy of Lyric Opera)

From “Downton Abbey” to “My Fair Lady,” a conversation with the stars of Lyric Opera’s spring musical.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer on ‘Heaviest’ Photo He Ever Made

(Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Tribune just won its first Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. We talk with Jason Wambsgans, who was awarded the prize.

Tracy Letts Talks New Play ‘Linda Vista’ at Steppenwolf

The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning artist talks about his new adult comedy on stage at Steppenwolf, Chicago’s theater scene and more.

Photographer Sabine Weiss, 92, ‘Very Pleased’ With Life’s Work

(© Sabine Weiss / Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago)

Chicago Tonight meets a celebrated photographer who captured the human condition with her camera.

Pinball Meets Paschke in ‘Kings and Queens’ Exhibition

From the exhibition “Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago.” (James Prinz / Elmhurst Art Museum)

Pinball machines and Ed Paschke paintings go side by side as a suburban museum becomes an artful arcade.

Exploring ‘The Great War’ on PBS

Rob Rapley

Meet one of the filmmakers behind a new “American Experience” series about the United States’ entry into World War I.

Singer Liz Callaway Returns to Chicago

She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” in 1981. Liz Callaway joins us in conversation and performance.

David Schwimmer on ‘Beyond Caring’ at Lookingglass

Actor David Schwimmer talks television, movies and the new play he brought to Lookingglass Theatre.

Monumental Exhibitions Open Doors to Chicago History

Malcolm X College door painting by Eugene Eda Wade. (Photo by Lee Bey)

Two shows at the Chicago Cultural Center open doors to a local arts movement from 50 years ago.

The Surprising Story Behind ‘Whistler’s Mother’

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.” 

Remembering a Forgotten Photographer of Chicago History

Jun Fujita (Courtesy of Graham and Pamela Lee)

One hundred years ago he took unforgettable photos of Chicago in turbulent times. Exploring the life of Jun Fujita, a Japanese immigrant who captured city history.

‘Extreme Ice’ at MSI Takes Dramatic Look at Climate Change

A meltwater river formed by glacier melt in Greenland. (James Balog / Museum of Science and Industry)

The changing face of glaciers around the world is the topic of a new exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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.

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.

Pinball Meets Paschke in ‘Kings and Queens’ Exhibition

From the exhibition “Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago.” (James Prinz / Elmhurst Art Museum)

Pinball machines and Ed Paschke paintings go side by side as a suburban museum becomes an artful arcade.

Revolutionary Dance of Merce Cunningham in the Spotlight at MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago joined forces with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a dual exhibition about an artist of dance who worked with celebrated artists of other disciplines.