| Feb 11, 2015
| 3:26 PM
Nature Museum camps
For outdoors-minded, city-surrounded kids, day camp doesn't get much cooler than at the Nature Museum, where field trips might include the Lederman Science Center at Fermilab (to see the bison herd), the Chicago River (for a...
| Feb 8, 2015
Lydia Lesniak has good news for chocolate lovers gearing up for a truffle-filled Valentine's Day. "Chocolate can be good for you," says the Aurora resident, who runs her own chocolate shop called Chocolates by Lydia.
"Dark chocolate is rich in...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 7:00 AM
Morton Arboretum is going to the dogs, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25 with Husky Heroes. Families love the annual event at 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle, which is free with arboretum admission.
“We will have dog sledding and...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 7:51 AM
Valentine's Day is coming up as fast as Cupid with his wings on turbocharge.
The holiday for lovers can bring a large Whitman's Sampler box of expectations along with it. What to do?
Fortunately, we've got you covered. Here's a whole bunch of ideas on...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 1:43 PM
If you've ever tried to go to, say, Shedd Aquarium or the Museum of Science and Industry on the Sunday of a school vacation week, you'll agree that fewer museum visitors isn't necessarily a bad thing.
By that standard, Chicago's museums did well in...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 8:21 AM
It's not always a blizzard that does the damage in winter. Sometimes it's a different kind of bad news: ice storms.
Ice storms are less frequent than snowstorms in Chicago, but they bring special hazards to both people and trees. When cold rain falls...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 11:27 AM
Sure, it's still cold and gray. But late winter is prime time to get outdoors for one gardening task: pruning shrubs.
"You can see the structure more clearly without leaves," says Patrick Kelsch, collections supervisor at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle....
| Jan 12, 2015
| 12:49 PM
They stand like soldiers at attention in yard after yard: arborvitaes, planted in rows to screen out street noise or neighbors. Inexpensive and widely available, arborvitaes are the default evergreens in the Chicago area, widely regarded as little more...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:00 PM
While portents of change echo across the local summer music landscape, one hot-weather classical enterprise that remains impervious to change, justifiably so, is the Grant Park Music Festival.
Given the successful marriage of municipal sponsorship and...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:09 PM
Winter is, or ought to be, museum season. Outdoor activities do not beckon, or ought not to, especially here in the flatland. And everyone in the house is, or ought to be, stir-crazy. Our area's museums have responded by planning shows on subjects ranging...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 10:57 AM
Winter, when trees are bare and gray, is an opportunity to take stock of their condition. With no leaves in the way, you may see things you couldn't spot in the summer, notes Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.