| 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 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...
| 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,...
| 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"--...
| 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,...