| Nov 6, 2013
Maybe you've seen the signs reading "Burnham Centennial Prairie/Native Prairie Planting in Process" along South Lake Shore Drive or the lakefront path.
Maybe you've wondered about the grassy plants growing on the east side of the drive, or the trees...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 9:08 PM
Vandals with fireworks have made an artificial turf field in Lincoln into an eyesore.
Debris greeted players Monday on the turf just north of LaSalle Drive west of Lake Shore Drive.
They found a melted mess of artificial turf, 20 feet wide in the...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:44 PM
The stiff breeze that made Tuesday refreshingly September-like also stirred up Lake Michigan, prompting swimming advisories and even some beach closings as tall waves crashed onto Chicago-area shores.
Forecasters expect the unseasonable conditions to...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Chicago-area beaches were closed today because of high waves and rip currents, while city beaches had advisories and some were closed because of Lake Michigan weather.
Beaches in Evanston, Wilmette and Winnetka were closed because of high waves and...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 8:34 AM
The Backstreet Boys were back, all right, but not for as long as their excited fans at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion expected.
The '90s pop sensation — known for such hits as "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" — was apparently cut off Friday night...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:30 AM
The National Weather Service is warning people on beaches along Lake Michigan to stay out of the water because of dangerous swimming conditions.
A beach hazards alert is in effect until 9 p.m. today because of high waves and strong rip currents along the...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Those hoping to catch a glimpse of falling stars this weekend may have the best luck Saturday night.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday through Monday. While Chicagoans are plagued with some of the worst light pollution in the country (think orange...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 7:16 PM
To Christopher Bowen's friends and family, the 14-year-old boy was either swimming or fishing and when he told his father Friday afternoon that he was going swimming at the McKinley Park pool no one thought twice about it.
After all, Christopher was at...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 6:39 PM
The day after 14-year-old Christopher Bowen died at a Chicago Park District pool, friends and family on Saturday were trying to piece together what went wrong when the boy dove into the deep end of the pool.
"We just want to know what happened and why,"...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:36 PM
It's down to a goat, some chickens and a few ducks, but it's still a zoo. For now, at least.
Residents of Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood plan to host a series of meetings beginning Thursday to discuss what will happen to the small zoo at Indian...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 2:29 PM
The opening shtick of "The Birds," surely one of the funniest camp parodies in off-Loop history, involves an actress playing Peggy Robertson, Alfred Hitchcock's assistant. The famously brittle Peggy leads the bemused audience from the Berger Mansion...