This summer hundreds of thousands of music lovers will descend on the city for its annual music festivals. And that impact on public land is a point of contention for some neighbors who live near the parks.
Stories by marc vitali
Jul 20, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Jul 7, 2022 | Marc Vitali
A University of Chicago initiative aims to modernize and strengthen the nation’s 911 system – and they’ve just published a blueprint for how to do it.
Jul 6, 2022 | Marc Vitali
The recent Broadway smash “Six” is perhaps their most notable success. Now, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is bringing aliens to center stage with a musical-comedy adaptation of the 1950s sci-fi film “It Came From Outer Space.”
Jun 30, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Local stages are heating up this summer. While there may be plenty of worthwhile options, Hedy Weiss joins “Chicago Tonight” to give a rundown of some of her must-see productions.
Jun 27, 2022 | Marc Vitali
The show curated by rapper Vic Mensa is called “Skin and Masks.” It was inspired by Frantz Fanon, the influential 20th century thinker and author of “Black Skin, White Masks.”
Jun 21, 2022 | Marc Vitali
From “Swan Lake” to “Frankenstein” movies to the pop charts, the arts have always been deeply influenced by artists from the LGBTQ community. An about-to-be-released book shines a light on 50 pioneering artists from around the world who made indelible contributions to culture.
Jun 14, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Paul Cezanne was thought of as the greatest by some very great artists, including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, to name just two. The Art Institute along with the Tate Modern in London is presenting its first exhibition of Cezanne in 70 years.
Jun 10, 2022 | Marc Vitali
A local singer-songwriter has been going to the festival since her mother took her in a stroller. Now she’ll be onstage, and mom will be watching from the wings. Melody Angel – yes, that’s her real name – has blues in her DNA.
Jun 8, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Jazz great Miles Davis is the focus of an ambitious concert this weekend at the Kehrein Center for the Arts in the Austin community. It is part of a new partnership between the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Art Center.
May 31, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Each year, the Tony Awards give special recognition to only one local theater in the U.S. Court Theater has just become the sixth theater in Chicago to win the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater.
May 26, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Arts critic Hedy Weiss gives us her recommendations.
May 19, 2022 | Marc Vitali
For the next two years, The Legler Regional Library in West Garfield Park will be home to artist-in-residence Alexandra Antoine. She’ll work on her own art while also connecting with people in the community.
May 11, 2022 | Marc Vitali
A local music prodigy began studying in his native Ukraine before he moved to Chicago with his family. The community of musicians he found here – and music itself – have helped sustain him during an uneasy time.
Apr 27, 2022 | Marc Vitali
A patchwork child care system, a lack of paid family leave and millions of busy and stressed parents — a new book argues the current model of raising children isn't always the best for kids' brain development. In that book, the author writes society should give all parents more time and tools to optimize the growth of young minds.
Washington Park Camera Club Helps Celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted With New Photos, Historical Context
Apr 24, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Washington Park Camera Club members are combining their passion for pictures with early Chicago history to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted.
Chicago Doctor Says Individuals Will Have to Make Personal Decisions After Transit Mask Mandate Lifted
Apr 20, 2022 | Marc Vitali
State and local officials offered some mixed messaging Monday on whether or not public transit riders would be required to wear mask after a federal court ruling. The day ended with Gov. J.B. Pritzker lifting his executive order.
Apr 11, 2022 | Marc Vitali
The building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., opened as the Studebaker Building in 1885 as a showroom and assembly plant for carriages. Thirteen years later, it was remodeled and repurposed as the Fine Arts Building.
Apr 6, 2022 | Marc Vitali
The new Ken Burns documentary “Benjamin Franklin” looks at the life of one of the founders of the United States. Of course, Benjamin Franklin’s scientific achievements are a big part of the story. But how do they resonate with today’s students of science?
Mar 30, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Chicago theater is in full bloom for the spring season with a number of new productions and a return of some classic favorites. Hedy Weiss, theater critic for WTTW News, joins “Chicago Tonight” to share her must-see recommendations.
Mar 22, 2022 | Marc Vitali
The world premiere play “King James” spotlights the work of two Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members who loved basketball long before they loved theater.
Mar 17, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Live music promoters Jam Productions is marking a half-century of putting on concerts in Chicago and around the country.
Mar 14, 2022 | Marc Vitali
An art exhibition called “Courage …” features work made by first responders. It is running in Skokie through April 3.
Mar 10, 2022 | Marc Vitali
A long-delayed art exhibition has finally opened but with a new focus. A Chicago artist and teacher born in Ukraine makes both traditional and contemporary paintings. She is now using her ability to create to counter forces of destruction.
Mar 8, 2022 | Marc Vitali
Actor Lesley Nicol earned accolades for portraying the head cook Mrs. Patmore on six seasons of the television show “Downton Abbey” and in two movies. Now, she’s ready to premiere her new stage show in Chicago.
Mar 2, 2022 | Marc Vitali
The Field Museum is diving deep to introduce visitors to underwater wildlife that lived 200 million years ago. We have a preview of the exhibition “Jurassic Oceans – Monsters of the Deep.”