| 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 13, 2014
Ron Dorfman's soft-spoken manner belied his strong journalistic convictions and his willingness to fight for a range of progressive principles, even if it meant leaving a job.
In December, Mr. Dorfman and his partner of 20 years, Ken Ilio, became the...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:26 AM
First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to present the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions, including the Chicago Public Library, at a White House ceremony on Thursday.
In an announcement today, the White House described...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Wrigley and the Cubs had their birthday cake, and no one ate it, too.
The 400-pound "Cake Boss" created birthday cake for Wrigley's centennial was a spectacle at Wednesday's celebration. Now, it's apparently being hauled away to a dumpster on a...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:04 AM
The Chicago Cubs are not happy with how a cake created in honor of Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary was disposed of following a charity event on Wednesday.
A 400-pound replica of the century-old ballpark, created by the bakery made famous on the...
| May 4, 2014
Once a week, Alex Poltorak roams the alleyways of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood hunting for white buckets stashed here and there crammed with banana peels, avocado shells, bits of onions and other colorful vegetable scraps from his customers'...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 5:18 AM
The Field Museum’s brachiosaurus donned his Blackhawks sweater just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday -- but he gave no outward sign of support for the Bulls, who will begin their post-season Sunday.
It left some wondering whether love...
| 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 27, 2014
| 2:14 PM
An astonishing article in the latest issue of Science (purchase required) documents how America's scientific patrimony--specifically, its fossil record--has come under the control of commercial interests.
They're now marketing what are often...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:12 AM
After a hard-fought battle, Illinois residents next month can begin applying for permits to carry concealed guns in public. But those who do could face another challenge: figuring out where it's legal to carry a firearm and where having a gun could land...
| 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,...