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Liberating the Beast
The legend of the Minotaur revisited
Play Me A River
Let the river run,let all the dreamerswake the nation.Come, the New Jerusalem.—Carly Simon
Artists explore the hazards of excessiveness in the city
“It must be tall. Every inch of it tall. The force and power of altitude must be in it, the glory and pride of exultation must be in it…”—Louis Sullivan in his essay “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered,” Lippincott’s Magazine, March, 1896)
Because the Art
Sigalit Zetouni examines one of art's best friends, the Alsdorf Foundation, and an upcoming Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition.
Chicago in Visual Vocabulary
Political Art Shows Around Chicago
Aesthetics in Action
Los Angeles-born artist Mario Ybarra Jr.'s latest project compares his native city to Chicago.
Longitudes and Latitudes of Civilization
“Power is the ability to do work. Which is what maps do: they work.”
The Demise of the Toboggan Run
Even if the snow does fall this season, there's no use anxiously anticipating a ride down a toboggan run. All toboggan slides in Cook County are closed indefinitely.
Barack Obama: Under the Lights
The first-ever Barack Obama magazine cover
Gift Books for Econ Lovers
Understanding economists and joining their conversations
And the Pursuit of Happiness
Can money really buy happiness—or at least rent it?
The Private Public Life of Ed Burke
Though only 61, Alderman Ed Burke, the king of a ward inherited from his father, is a relic of old Chicago politics.