| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Despite the cold weather — and also because of it — thousands of people are grabbing their binoculars this winter and heading out to find bald eagles in Illinois.
Chances are better than ever they'll see scenes like the one Thursday near...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 9:07 PM
Not far from Chicago, in a region now dominated by cornfields and whitetail deer, scientists say they've found fossil evidence of a “shark nursery” where prehistoric predators hatched.
The finding, which challenges long-held notions about...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Museums are meant to be almost timeless, places that offer a long-view look at the world around us and a focus on what is important rather than merely fashionable. So to excerpt one year from the lives of Chicago's museums and talk only about what...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Starting next month, it'll cost more for non-Chicago residents to get into the Field Museum.
The Chicago Park District on Wednesday approved increasing the general admission fee by $3 for non-Chicago residents. While children under 3 years old can enter...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 3:13 PM
It had taken Arthur Smith more than five decades to amass his collection of gems and minerals.
And when he died, at the age of 74, the Wheaton College alumnus' life's work went back to the place where his love for geology began.
A 30,000-piece gem...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 3:02 PM
The price to enter the Field Museum may go up for visitors who don't live in the city.
The Chicago Park District board of commissioners on Wednesday will consider authorizing an increase to the general admission fee and special passes for the Field...
| 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,...
| 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...