| Jul 6, 2012
| 3:54 PM
The two Alaskan fishermen had stopped to examine a bald eagle when they noticed something sleek and gray in the Bristol Bay surf: a baby beluga whale in the shallows, faintly whistling and clicking.
The whale, already dehydrated and disoriented, soon...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 10:40 AM
If your money runs out before your appetite at the Taste of Chicago on Wednesday, then you might be in luck -- if you like the taste of Asian carp, that is. Starting at noon on Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be serving up...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 2:29 PM
This autumn and early winter will see the biggest change in Chicago's Museum Campus since Lake Shore Drive took a hard swing to the west to create the parkland connection of cultural institutions 14 years ago.
This time, though, the alteration is not...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 2:45 PM
Here are some shows and exhibits to watch for at Chicago's museums and zoos this fall, roughly in order of appearance:
"Kouzina": Annual celebration of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S....
| Aug 12, 2012
The intersection of guns and mental illness
To the editor:
I am intrigued by George Michael’s response to the Aurora, Colo., movie massacre (Aug. 4). I certainly agree that the rapid police response saved lives, especially by preventing a...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 2:02 PM
It's Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium!
A 400,000 gallon saltwater tank is the centerpiece of Wild Reef, and it's home to more than 20 sharks. We stopped in to talk with Lise Watson, Collections Manager of Wild Reef, on feeding day.
She and the staff...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 9:07 PM
In choosing controversial former University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere as its likely next chief executive, the Field Museum has opted for a "change agent," according to the man hiring him, and a "gentleman with elbows," according to one of...
| Feb 19, 2013
Q: I've decided to be more mindful about my meat and fish consumption. Can you recommend butchers and fishmongers in Chicago or the close-in suburbs that sell responsibly produced meat and fish? I am looking for more information than the animal welfare...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 2:49 AM
I was in a London Starbucks checking my e-mail when I noticed the internet wasn’t working. Could it be a router problem, I wondered? Possibly. Then later I found out that Disney announced J.J. Abrams would direct the new “Star Wars”...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 5:03 PM
The Shedd Aquarium reclaimed its attendance title among the nation’s major non-profit aquariums after trailing the relatively new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta for the last five years.
Nearly 2.17 million people visited the Shedd in 2012, a 2 percent...
| Dec 25, 2012
On a recent fall day, Darlene Armstrong watched with wonder as the Shedd Aquarium's white-sided dolphins turned somersaults and splashed spectators.
The 17-year-old disabled girl's life had changed dramatically since she was rescued from her Chicago...