| 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...
| 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...
| 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"--...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 8:36 AM
After four nameless months and thousands of online votes, Brookfield Zoo’s baby gorilla is now known as Nora.
The infant, born in November to 18-year-old Koola, was officially named Tuesday after two weeks of online voting. Nora won more than half...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Even as attendance dropped overall at area museums and animal attractions in 2013, it was a very good year for horticulture.
The Chicago Botanic Garden had more than 1 million visitors for the first time since it opened in 1972, a 5 percent increase...
| 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,...
| 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...