| Feb 5, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Most afternoons at the Lincoln Park Zoo, visitors can see something that is both extraordinary and a sight they may also have witnessed in the back seat on the way to the zoo: a primate using an iPad.
A human child passing time with a glowing touch-...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Let's start with the obvious: This has been a harsh, crummy winter, and at times just about everyone has preferred to stay indoors rather than to deal with extreme cold, snow and dicey walking or driving conditions.
So it stands to follow that Netflix,...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:12 AM
After a hard-fought battle, Illinois residents next month can begin applying for permits to carry concealed guns in public. But those who do could face another challenge: figuring out where it's legal to carry a firearm and where having a gun could land...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:20 PM
Frigid temperatures today forced many city cultural attractions to choose between opening for planned free-admission days and shutting down because of the weather.
The state requires museums on public park land to charge no admission 52 days per year,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:51 PM
On the surface, Richard Hyerczyk doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d threaten to kill cops and burn the mayor’s house down.
A draftsman for a suburban machinery company, Hyerczyk is also an avid naturalist with a master’s...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Chicago Public Schools has called off school for its 400,000 students Monday because of the extreme cold and high winds forecast for the region, a decision that many other schools and public institutions across the area are making for similar reasons....
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:32 PM
For the second time in less than a month, predictions of dangerous subzero temperatures have closed many Chicago-area schools Monday, invited transportation delays and added to a general fatigue over the unrelenting chill and unusually high snowfall....
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Hundreds of schools, including the Chicago Public Schools, have decided to remain closed on Tuesday because of the dangerous cold. "Tuesday’s expected continuation of subzero temperatures and high winds will make it dangerous for children and...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:35 AM
Many Chicago-area schools will again be closed Tuesday, dozens of the day's flights have been canceled and some area attractions will be shuttered, with the subzero chill maintaining its grip on the region for another day.
But if there was a silver...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:34 PM
An 18-year-old western lowland gorilla gave birth Monday at the Brookfield Zoo, officials said today.
The infant was born in the early morning hours to Koola, according to Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.
Guests will be able...
| Nov 7, 2013
Cookie, the Brookfield Zoo's resident 80-year-old cockatoo, was in fine form Tuesday morning.
The last remaining member of the west suburban zoo's original animal collection when it opened in 1934, he squawked with excitement — a piercing,...