| 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.
| Mar 27, 2013
| 2:59 PM
The camera hovers inches above the lush tallgrass, the shot panning past the gold prairie that sways to the wind. This pastoral video imagery, projected on walls at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, represents time zero in the exhibit's narrative. We are...
| 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”...
| 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'...
| May 8, 2013
| 6:28 AM
The first thing Ron Skleney did was tamp down our expectations.
Yes, birds were on the wing, migrating our way in force. Skleney, naturalist at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, showed our bird walk group the radar map that proved 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....
| Aug 3, 2011
It's just past the Lakeview border and into Lincoln Park territory, but the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a little piece of nature that everyone on the North side can enjoy. Today, and every Thursday, the museum is free to Illinois residents. Learn...
| May 29, 2009
There's a vintage house in Old Town with a fascinating link to the Chicago Fire. It went up just after that 1871 blaze, and like numerous other Old Town homes was built from a kit of construction materials and lumber. Some of the lumber was burned wood...
| Nov 2, 2008
Wish you could get a little more gardening know-how under your belt, but feel reluctant to part with your hard-earned cash to do so? Save your budget for spring planting. We went looking around the Chicago area and found that there's a lot of garden...