| 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...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 3:28 PM
The Cook County Forest Preserve District moved ahead today with a plan to borrow up to $70 million to buy more land and make repairs to buildings and picnic enclosures.
The massive new fund would be created by using $4 million in existing annual...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:54 AM
Despite the so-so economy, attendance at Chicago's museums and zoos, held steady last year.
Overall attendance at 14 area institutions was 14.4 million, virtually identical to the 2010 totals, according to the group Museums Work for Chicago.
| Oct 14, 2011
Covering only 2.62 square miles, Western Springs is small in size but has many things commuters want from a bedroom community. Streets canopied by old trees. A busy downtown within walking distance of every house. A diverse housing stock. Plenty of...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Two young okapi, an African forest mammal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra, have taken up residence in the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's giraffe house.
The two okapi are half-brothers, on loan from the Dallas Zoo. Askari (ahz-kar-ee)...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 10:06 AM
A Westmont man who came over to his estranged wife’s for a family movie night that ended with her strangulation confessed today to her murder.
In a partial plea with DuPage County prosecutors, Ian Alamilla pleaded guilty to the first-degree...
| Oct 30, 2011
| 9:40 AM
A bottlenose dolphin died within minutes of being born at the Brookfield Zoo early this morning, officials said.
The male calf was born at 6:51 a.m. to Tapeko, the zoo's 29-year-old dolphin after about three hours of labor, officials from the...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 7:55 AM
For Timmothy Pitzen's 7th birthday a few weeks ago, his grandmother and dad planted a 7-year-old blue spruce in the grandmother's backyard in Antioch.
"I bought him a birthday card and cut out pictures of the things I would have bought for him," Alana...