| Jun 5, 2013
When the Field Museum announced in December it would slash spending on science, the museum’s president and several trustees largely blamed the economic recession. But reporter Jason Grotto and I uncovered records showing a decade of major building...
| Nov 3, 2013
Many men and women helped raise Chicago out of the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 and transform it into the major city it would become in the 20th century, people such as Marshall Field, Charles Wacker, Aaron Montgomery Ward, Potter Palmer, Jane Addams...
| Jul 31, 2013
Chicago's Field Museum made headlines on four continents this year after researchers discovered a 600-year-old Chinese coin in late December on the Kenyan island of Manda, revealing there was trade between China and East Africa before European explorers...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 10:28 AM
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is defending a conservation police officer's decision to fatally shoot a cougar in Whiteside County after it was found hiding near a farmhouse.
The encounter Wednesday near Morrison, about 130 miles west of...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:39 AM
Field Museum scientists have discovered a new "top predator" dinosaur in North America, a significant precursor to Tyrannosaurus rex and an important part of an emerging fossil record for the continent, the museum announced early Friday.
The 4-ton, 30-...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Meet the rex wrecker, a 3-ton competitor to tyrannosaurs who stoked a family rivalry over millions of years in western North America.
The fossil find in central Utah, dubbed Siats meekerorum, was from the Allosauroid family, weighed around 3 tons, was...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:35 AM
As your relatives get older, it can get increasingly difficult to find them great gifts. We've created a number of scenarios for giving the best books for each of your adult family members.
This piece first ran in Printers Row...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:57 PM
There’s no place like home – especially for lemon sharks about to give birth.
Despite absences as long as 17 years, the pregnant sharks returned to the exact spot in the Bahamas where they were born when they were ready to become mothers,...
| Dec 12, 2013
Most of Chicago's major zoos and museums are more than just showpieces for their collections, animal or anthropological.
Two new scientific studies — both based in the Bahamas and deriving from 18 or more years of work there — highlight...