| 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 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...
| 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...
| May 15, 2011
The popularity of the movie "Water for Elephants" provides an excuse for this parade of powerful pachyderm facts:
1. African and Asian elephants are different species. The African savanna elephant is taller and heavier, has bigger ears and a concave...
| May 15, 2011
| 5:58 PM
As Aurora police on Sunday continued their search for a boy missing after his mother's apparent suicide in a Rockford hotel room, the boy's father waited, hoping for good news from authorities on his son's whereabouts.
James Pitzen, 39, said he last...
| May 18, 2011
| 6:34 PM
As authorities expressed increasing concern about a missing 6-year-old Aurora boy and shifted their search to the Rock Falls area, his father remained optimistic Wednesday that his son would be found safe.
“Timothy is a very intelligent young man,&...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:51 PM
| Jun 26, 2011
| 4:56 PM
Animal trainer Deirdre Weadock has worked at the National Aquarium long enough to have seen her share of life and death, but she'll tell you this has been the roughest week of her career.
Losing one dolphin, then another, within days.
| Jul 22, 2011
Note to movie location scouts: La Grange Park offers the perennially Normal Rockwell-ish streetscapes you want for movies set in the 20th century.
Its dog-walking, baseball-playing, flag-waving residents would make congenial extras as they come and go...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 2:19 PM
If you see a lifeguard enjoying a ride down one of the water slides or taking a dip in a wave pool at Six Flags – it’s just part of staying safe on the job.
Lifeguards at the Hurricane Harbor water park at Great America switch positions every...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 2:32 AM
Dolphin shows at the Brookfield Zoo are scheduled to resume today after a female dolphin died after apparently colliding with another dolphin minutes before a show Monday.
Nea, a 4-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was set to perform an afternoon...