| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:56 PM
It's when you're sitting in an office chair in the center of an interactive museum exhibit, swiveling around at a dizzying pace because you are flapping an arm-length wing, that it really hits you:
Biomechanics, the subject of a lavishly detailed new...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The depth of the Chicago winter next year is to be enlivened by the coming of puppets from far and wide.
Slated for Jan. 15-26, 2015, the new city-wide cultural festival is to feature puppet shows at a variety of arts venues around the city.
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:57 PM
The new "National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers" exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry is a bit like its title or a good Chicago pizza: overstuffed, but with a lot of quality ingredients.
Exploring Earth is good. National Geographic,...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:51 PM
On the surface, Richard Hyerczyk doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d threaten to kill cops and burn the mayor’s house down.
A draftsman for a suburban machinery company, Hyerczyk is also an avid naturalist with a master’s...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Those looking for a classic instance of the little guy being screwed by big government need look no further than "Dinosaur 13." Todd Douglas Miller's engrossing documentary moves from the triumphant discovery of what remains the world's largest, most...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch.
No one walking past or around the...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:32 AM
PARK CITY, Utah -- "Dinosaur 13," a documentary about the discovery of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the ensuing legal fight over control of the bones, has been acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films.
The deal, completed Friday morning, is...