| 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...
| May 15, 2013
| 2:47 PM
The surprise isn't that the Shedd Aquarium now has an exhibit where visitors can touch stingrays as they glide by, but rather that the most popular aquarium in the U.S. hasn't had one before now.
Usually called something like Stingray Bay or Stingray...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:53 AM
One secret to a dolphin ultrasound is that the machine is pretty much the same one used on human women, except the “Logiq e Vet” branding badge is replaced with something more species-appropriate.
Another secret is that the cold,...
| May 22, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Where else to see dinosaurs if you can't make it to "Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo":
"Dinosaurs Alive!" at Brookfield Zoo: Life-size animatronic reptiles mix with the animal exhibits through Oct. 27. Including dinosaur newcomers (Styracosaurus and...
| May 23, 2013
| 10:23 AM
A Maywood mother and her boyfriend pleaded not guilty this morning to charges that they beat and killed her 1-year-old son before disposing the child’s body in the Des Plaines River.
Clad in yellow jumpsuits, Lakeshia Baker, 22, and Michael Scott,...
| 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...
| Feb 11, 2012
TRAER, Iowa — It all began with a trip to the Brookfield Zoo. As she was getting ready to leave, Ruth Rasmussen eyed a salt and pepper shaker set, shaped like coffeepots, but with a bear and the zoo's name embossed on the front.
"I just picked it...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 6:39 AM
Here are some free ways for families to celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago this weekend:
- Go to Marble Slab Creamery on Michigan Ave. for a free sample of a tiramisu ice cream creation.
- Get a free Caribou Coffee when you buy one, with this coupon....
| Feb 17, 2011
| 4:08 PM
Ten African wild dogs born to the same mother in November at Brookfield Zoo didn’t seem as wild as their name suggests as they were getting 12-week exams and vaccinations in assembly line fashion on Thursday.
Some were shaking and scared. Others...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 7:09 PM
Two western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo, including one made famous by helping to rescue a human child, were given complete physicals today.
Zoo veterinary staff gave dental and medical exams to 23-year-old Binti Jua and Bakari, Binti's nearly 6-...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 9:11 AM
One of the recent Frugalista columns in the Chicago Tribune was about strategies for parking in Chicago -- for free or at least for less than people usually get stuck paying.
The column drew some thanks from drivers, but, as I expected, I also got...