| Jun 25, 2014
| 10:00 AM
It's easy for visitors to miss Brookfield Zoo’s newest addition: A newborn white-cheeked gibbon, clinging to his mother’s blonde fur.
He was born June 9 and joins a small family of gibbons at the zoo's Tropic World: his mother Indah, his...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:38 AM
Pace is launching weekend bus routes that will carry riders from CTA train stations to Brookfield Zoo, the agency announced Wednesday.
Starting Memorial Day, one route will connect passengers to the zoo from the Harlem/Lake Station on CTA's Green Line...
| May 20, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium announced Tuesday they are joining a fight to protect African elephants through the newly launched 96 Elephants Campaign. The campaign aims to help the endangered animals in their homeland, educate...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Summer is traditionally a slow time for museum exhibit openings. This could be because of the heat or the humidity or the marked decrease in school field trips during the season. No matter. Area museums and zoos do make concerted efforts to bring in...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:05 AM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel bet late-night host Jimmy Fallon that Chicago’s children would read 2.4 million books this summer in order to bring “The Tonight Show” back to Chicago, it sounded like a lofty gamble.
But the odds are stacked in...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:41 PM
The hops that Shedd Aquarium grows cannot claim pride of place.
To reach them, these days, you walk around a chain-link construction enclosure, duck beneath branches in a landscaped area and scramble up onto a low ledge of the aquarium's building.
| Dec 10, 2013
It's 2 degrees outside, and just the thought of wrestling into 17 layers of wool -- plus parka --
saps your will to live.
But you've seen every episode of "Boardwalk Empire"(twice), your rations of last week's chili are depleted and restless leg...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:47 AM
After a two-week campaign soliciting suggestions from the public, Brookfield Zoo announced the winning name of its four-month old baby gorilla (a girl): Nora.
The zoo said more than 70,000 votes were cast, and Nora--which means "honor" and "light"--...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 7:34 AM
You don't have to celebrate New Year's Eve on your sofa just because you can't get a sitter. Ring in 2014 with kids in tow (in some cases, a little early) at one of these fam-friendly celebrations.
"Build it Big" Bubble Bash
The DuPage Children's Museum'...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 1:00 PM
If you've ever been to the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles, you've probably seen them – about a dozen Blanding's turtles, an endangered species native to Illinois and the Great Lakes region.
The turtles, which have what looks like...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:19 PM
The subzero conditions Monday made it too hard for many animals at Brookfield Zoo to wander into their outdoor enclosures.
And a majority of the few dozen humans who ventured to the west suburban zoo also shunned the outdoors for the warmth of inside...