| 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,...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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....