| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:54 AM
Despite the so-so economy, attendance at Chicago's museums and zoos, held steady last year.
Overall attendance at 14 area institutions was 14.4 million, virtually identical to the 2010 totals, according to the group Museums Work for Chicago.
| Jul 5, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Don't look now, but Maryland's state insect is fluttering away.
The Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly, named for the state's founding Calvert family, has dwindled to just a handful of places, mostly in Western Maryland. Experts worry that the butterfly,...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 1:06 PM
Let's pretend for a moment that you're raising your kids the way people did in the olden days, before traveling taekwondo clubs and chess club championships and daylong birthday parties at paintball shooting ranges.
In other words, let's pretend you'...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 12:08 PM
By no means am I a confrontational person. I don’t get in random arguments with people over a perceived slight or social faux pas. Like most, I’m a fan of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” where Larry makes it his...
| Jun 23, 2012
| 7:40 AM
A 14-year-old boy was killed and 13 other people were wounded by gunfire across the city Friday night into Saturday morning, including a gang-related shooting near the Lincoln Park Zoo, authorities said.
Antonio Davis, of the 8000 block of South Eberhart...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Mar 30, 2011
The paintings in Philip Enquist’s exhibit—mostly excerpts from his personal travel journals—show a softer side to one of Chicago’s best-known architects....
| Apr 5, 2011
Stinkeye the bearded dragon and Leu the sinaloan milk snake were only two of about 30 animal attendees at the monthly meeting of the Herpetological Society, which aims to help dispel myths about cold-blooded creatures....
| May 4, 2011
WGN went behind the scenes to check out the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's amphibians as the museum preps for its new Save the Frogs exhibit. Check out their video: ...
| Jun 23, 2011
Deer, opossum, raccoons, rabbits, feral cats ... beavers? We talk to wildlife experts about what we can find in our backyards — and what we should do about it....
| Jul 13, 2011
What's the oldest museum in Chicago? Lincoln Park's Nature Museum, which sometimes gets overlooked by its southern neighbor, the Lincoln Park Zoo....