| Nov 18, 2014
| 6:47 PM
How can Rahm Emanuel protect the riverfront from Trump wannabes but allow Mr. "Star Wars" to nuke the lakefront?
To put it another way, was it right for the mayor to bash Donald Trump for slathering a monster-sized sign on his Chicago River skyscraper,...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:07 PM
For a 10-month-old orangutan, Kecil is a pretty well-traveled guy.
He was napping at Brookfield Zoo early Wednesday afternoon after a busy morning of media appearances during which Kecil ("Kuh-CHEEL") stuck to a strict no-comment policy.
| Nov 26, 2014
| 5:31 PM
During its 83 years of operation, State Line Power Station was one of the top polluters in the Chicago area.
Now it's being torn down, but some environmentalists fear that the site could become the site of another form of pollution — petcoke, a...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Parents will immediately recognize the design of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to dump on our lakefront.
It should remind parents of their toddlers who drop the ice cream from their cones on...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The sea pup polls are open.
Chicago's cuddly ambassador of conservation — the orphaned southern sea otter pup who was rescued and brought to the Shedd Aquarium — needs a name.
Since her introduction to the world last month, the pup has...
| Oct 22, 2014
George Lucas' proposed lakefront museum is a bad idea. A really bad idea. And not because it may be illegal, as some lakefront preservationists argue.
That is, even if the museum is perfectly legal, it is perfectly misplaced and ill-conceived.
| Oct 27, 2014
| 12:33 PM
Visitors to Shedd Aquarium recently might have been surprised to see the sea otters munching on what looks suspiciously like orange-colored Halloween candy. Before people get upset and complain about the negative effects of sugar on both people and marine...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 10:34 AM
You'd want to go to the doctor too if you spent an entire season getting touched by strangers.
The Shedd Aquarium announced Thursday that some 60 cownose stingrays that were on exhibit at the outdoor "Stingray Touch" tent have been taken inside for the...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 11:21 AM
You might be tempted to whisper "I see dead people."
That's because the graves of legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse, Oscar Mayer, ad exec Leo Burnett, Shedd Aquarium founder John Shedd and two retail giants—Richard Warren Sears and Aaron...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 9:03 AM
Meet Pup 681, a southern sea otter pup who was found all alone and crying on a California beach. After weeks of intensive care, the 5-week-old otter seems to be enjoying her new home at the Shedd Aquarium.
The pup was discovered on Coastways Beach in...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:16 AM
The Shedd Aquarium has announced the arrival of its newest inhabitant: a southern sea otter pup.
The 5-week-old otter was orphaned on a California beach, but after weeks of intensive care, Pup 681 — the name given to her by the organization that...