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Stories by Marc Vitali

Checking Out the Menu at Chicago’s New US Pizza Museum

An appetizing new museum just opened in Chicago. We check out the collection of a curator with a craving.

Meet Ada Grey, the Veteran Chicago Theater Critic Who is Almost in High School

Fourteen-year-old theater critic Ada Grey. (Courtesy of Ada Grey)

She’s been on the scene for 10 years – and just turned 14 years old. Ada Grey tells us about her experiences as a Chicago theater critic.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art ‘Lions’ Exhibit Taps into Its Roots

Inside a new exhibition that looks at the art and legacy of the founding fathers of the museum.

3 Years After Tragedy, Mother Motivated to Strengthen ‘Annie’s Law’

Annie LeGere (Courtesy of Shelly LeGere)

A change in state law will ensure first responders are equipped with EpiPens. Meet the mother of the girl who inspired the legislation.

Rediscovering Influential Chicago Artist Charles White at the Art Institute

Charles White. “Trenton Six,” 1949. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX. (© The Charles White Archives Inc.)

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Charles White is being recognized with the first major retrospective of his work since 1982. 

Bonnie Koloc, Howard Levy Share Deep and Enduring Musical History

Bonnie Koloc is featured in this WTTW “Made in Chicago” series from 1973. (WTTW)

A studio performance with harmonica hero Howard Levy and Chicago folk legend Bonnie Koloc.

Mysterious Box of Photographs Inspires a Globe-Trotting Art Show

(Courtesy of Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral)

East meets West in an art show that began with a collection of photos found at an estate sale 27 years ago.

Intuit Exhibition Highlights Chicago’s Embrace of Outside Art

Pauline Simon (American, 1898-1976), “Untitled (woman with book),” 1968. Collection of Karl Wirsum and Lorri Gunn.

We visit the local gallery and museum that preserves and promotes unusual art made by unusual people.

Chicago Theater Recommendations from Hedy Weiss

Zachary Stevenson and Molly Hernandez in “Heartbreak Hotel” at the Broadway Playhouse. (Credit: Brett Beiner)

Theater critic Hedy Weiss gives us her take on a Tennessee Williams classic, an Elvis musical full of glitz and hits and more on Chicago-area stages.

The Big Business of Craft Beer: New Book Tells Goose Island Story

Was the 2011 sale of Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. to the Anheuser-Busch InBev company a great American success story, or an epic sellout? We talk barrel-aged beer with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel.

Pitchfork Lineup Includes Debuts by Melkbelly, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Two Chicago bands get ready to bring the noise this weekend when they make their debuts at the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Keith Haring’s Chicago Mural Speaks to Youth, Artists

Nearly 30 years ago, artist Keith Haring enlisted the help of 500 Chicago students to paint a 488-foot long mural. Chicago Tonight caught up with a trio of those teens who grew up to be artists themselves. 

New MCA Exhibit ‘Raised on the Internet’

An art exhibition takes you inside the digital domain of the internet and explores how the internet has changed the way we experience the world. 

Martin Espada Wins Top Poetry Foundation Prize

Often called “the people’s poet,” Martin Espada was recently awarded one of the nation’s top literary awards. 

New Arts Club Show Explores Chicago as ‘A Home for Surrealism’

Harold Noecker. “The Genius?” c. 1943. (Collection of Bernard Friedman, Chicago)

An unusual new art show looks at fantastic and strange paintings made by Chicago and Midwestern artists in the mid-20th century. We visit the Arts Club of Chicago.

Stony Island Arts Bank Remembers Historic Johnson Publishing Company

A new exhibition conveys the role of the publishers of Ebony and Jet magazines in spreading the word on black culture from their onetime offices at 820 S. Michigan Ave.

Ivan Albright, ‘Master of the Macabre,’ in the ‘Flesh’ at Art Institute

Ivan Albright. “Portrait of Mary Block,” 1955-‘57. Gift of Mary and Leigh Block. (© The Art Institute of Chicago)

By all accounts, Ivan Albright was a lighthearted fellow – but in the mid-20th century, the Chicago artist painted some very dark pictures.

Rediscovering Influential Chicago Artist Charles White at the Art Institute

Charles White. “Trenton Six,” 1949. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX. (© The Charles White Archives Inc.)

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Charles White is being recognized with the first major retrospective of his work since 1982. 

New Arts Club Show Explores Chicago as ‘A Home for Surrealism’

Harold Noecker. “The Genius?” c. 1943. (Collection of Bernard Friedman, Chicago)

An unusual new art show looks at fantastic and strange paintings made by Chicago and Midwestern artists in the mid-20th century. We visit the Arts Club of Chicago.

Taking Flight with 30 Years of the Illinois Butterfly Network

(Courtesy of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

We peek behind the scenes at an exotic butterfly sanctuary in Chicago, and learn how volunteers help scientists track butterfly populations.

Chicago’s Ensemble Espanol Has Exported Spanish Dance Around the World

Behind the scenes with Ensemble Espanol as they prepare for an energetic show of Spanish dance.

At Blues Fest, a Taste of Delmark Records’ History and Future

Delmark Records founder Bob Koester (Courtesy City of Chicago)

We stop by Delmark Records, where a blues summit took place this week in preparation for the 35th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park.

New Book Chronicles Path from ‘Hoop Dreams’ to Violent Reality

Shawn Harrington (Credit: NMSU and Dennis Daily)

CPS graduate Shawn Harrington is at the center of a harrowing but hopeful new book by Rus Bradburd, his former New Mexico State basketball coach-turned-author.

Exploring the World of Camper Culture With WGN’s Dave Hoekstra

(Jon Sall / Courtesy Chicago Review Press)

RVs and camper culture hit the highway in a book that celebrates the “moveable American dream.” 

How Will Lincoln Yards Impact Chicago’s Music Scene?

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

A former industrial corridor along the North Branch of the Chicago River could be turned in to the city’s newest entertainment district. Rock critic Jim DeRogatis sounds a warning.

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