| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:53 PM
In this age of consumer goods shipped readily from China and real-time video chats conducted with friends in Africa, it is difficult to imagine how stunning the World's Columbian Exposition must have been during its run.
For six months in Jackson Park,...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
My relationship with the Natural Resources Defense Council began the same time my marriage did, because my ex-husband was on the board. Well, my marriage ended, but my relationship with NRDC endures - mostly because my ex and I never asked NRDC who it...
| May 22, 2013
Back when Jamie Dimon still lived in Chicago, before he had ascended to the top of New York-based JPMorgan Chase, his Gold Coast home earned a reputation each Halloween as a must-visit destination, drawing trick-or-treaters from well beyond the...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 10:54 AM
This year Florida's Marineland marked its 75th anniversary, as well as the 60th birthday of dolphin resident Nellie, both remarkable milestones.
An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Nellie is the "oldest dolphin in human care," says Kurt Allen, Marineland...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:28 PM
It's dark in the rooms that hold the new exhibition at the Field Museum, dark almost like in the deep ocean where many of the featured "Creatures of Light" live.
It's dim enough to get you wondering if you, too, after enough time in an environment...
| Feb 26, 2011
When I first began visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History with my kids in the mid-1990s, the buzz was all about dinosaurs and bones, topics of interest for little boys in the era of post-"Jurassic Park" dino fever.
Now, the main attraction is...
| May 23, 2012
| 7:28 PM
Perhaps no other major sporting event in this country is in more of a constant state of flux, while at the same time, still so steeped in tradition, like the Indianapolis 500.
It's the challenge of keeping up with the times while also making sure to...
| Sep 8, 2012
At 4 years old, my little boy is still too young to have put together a bucket list of his own.
But Owen's known for a long time one of the places he really wanted to go.
Sitting at the kitchen counter with his new iPad some 2 years back, he began...
| Feb 29, 2012
You've seen the promotions for "passes" that promise "free" admission to a handful of a city's top attractions -- mostly bypassing ticket lines -- for a fixed price that is a lot less than you'd pay separately. I know of two major programs that sell...
| Mar 8, 2013
Neil Shubin has the wide, happy eyes of a Muppet and the casual, ingratiating prattle of a car salesman. His thick, graying hair lends gravitas. He has written a new book, and on a bitter afternoon in Hyde Park he is explaining to me how he writes....
| Jun 5, 2013
| 1:18 PM
I enjoy the names given to objects folks collect: Disney fans gather Disneyana; aficionados of old Florida seek Floridiana. A few years ago, Orlando graphic designer Rick Kilby found himself on a search for "Poncebilia"—images of Ponce de León,...