| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:36 PM
A dolphin calf was born at the Brookfield Zoo this morning, officials said.
The calf was born to first-time mother Spree at 6:30 a.m., officials said.
Shortly after the birth Spree, who is an inexperienced mother, was not providing proper maternal...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 1:36 PM
A funeral has been set for a murdered Maywood toddler after DNA tests have confirmed the identity of a body found on a bank of the Des Plaines River.
After four months, DNA testing confirmed that the body found in the Des Plaines River was Bryeon...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:18 PM
Nearly five months after he was beaten to death and dumped into the Des Plaines River, a funeral was held Friday for 1-year-old Bryeon Hunter.
Bryeon's mother, Lakeshia Baker, 22, told investigators that she and her boyfriend, Michael Scott, beat her...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:37 PM
The baby eastern black rhinoceros born at Lincoln Park Zoo in August was introduced to the outside world today.
The 200-pound calf, born Aug. 26, was named King, according to a press release from the zoo; he was named for King Harris, whose wife, Caryn,...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 10:47 AM
The City Council Finance Committee today endorsed spending $32.7 million to settle two police misconduct cases, including what may be the single largest payment of its kind in city history.
The larger settlement, now set for a Thursday vote of the...
| Dec 22, 2012
| 7:49 PM
— About 3,000 miles south of the North Pole, on the windswept prairie of central Illinois, Mark and Julie Hardy and their 16 reindeer are awaiting Santa and the long winter's nap that follows his visit.
Now is the busiest time of year at Hardy's...
| 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”...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 3:22 PM
We asked staff photographer Anne Cusack what sparked her interest in photography. This is the first in an occasional series of posts from our staff on how they got into the "business."...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Nine female Blanding’s turtles were placed near the shoreline of a pond in a private section of Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday morning.
Some required a little help to find their new watery home while others immediately began to shuffle their way into...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 5:35 AM
The Seven Seas dolphin exhibit at Brookfield Zoo has a new addition: A “healthy and strong’’ female calf born last Friday.
The calf hasn’t been named yet. She was born about 11 a.m. Friday to Allie, a 26-year-old bottle nose...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 5:20 AM
A newborn female dolphin has died at Brookfield Zoo, just a week after she was born, officials announced.
The calf, which had not yet been named, was born about 11 a.m. Friday to Allie, a 26-year-old bottle nose dolphin. She died about 11:45 a.m....