| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:51 PM
It isn't easy to find all of the serene nooks and calming crannies at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Some of the paths at the park seem perfectly content to go only one way. At least a couple of the themed gardens are best reached by walking through...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 2:54 PM
Last April's flooding, the worst on record in Lisle, set the community back, but Mayor Joseph Broda said in his annual state-of-the-city address that things are moving in the right direction.
"We are on sound footing right now, but we have challenges...
| Dec 8, 2013
When 23-year-old Leo Kowal decided to attend a friend's birthday party in 2005 in Downers Grove, finding love was the last thing on his mind.
"I had been putting so much energy into the wrong people, and things hadn't worked out, so I decided to stop...
| May 1, 2014
| 12:42 PM
Two of the 26 athletes honored by the Illinois High School Association April 21 in Bloomington for making the All-State Academic team hailed from Downers Grove North High School — cross country and track stars Zachary Smith and Stephanie Urbancik....
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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Jane Dailey is a professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the Law School. She has published extensively on the history and law of race in the United States since the Civil War.
| Feb 16, 2014
Want to make your own maple syrup? People make beer at home. Why not syrup from your own trees?
We checked with Jane Warfel, coordinator of youth and family programs at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Among her duties is to give tree-tapping...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Even as attendance dropped overall at area museums and animal attractions in 2013, it was a very good year for horticulture.
The Chicago Botanic Garden had more than 1 million visitors for the first time since it opened in 1972, a 5 percent increase...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Summer is traditionally a slow time for museum exhibit openings. This could be because of the heat or the humidity or the marked decrease in school field trips during the season. No matter. Area museums and zoos do make concerted efforts to bring in...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Much has changed inside and outside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since Deborah Rutter — then Deborah Card — moved from running the Seattle Symphony to becoming CSO Association president in 2003.
She inherited an organization that was...
| Jun 18, 2013
This is the time of the weed warrior. The army of weeds is on the march, and they must be slain before they unleash the ultimate weapon: more seeds.
There already are thousands of weed seeds in a cupful of garden soil, which is why, with a little rain,...
| Jun 18, 2013
When one thing shifts in the garden, it can change your view of everything around it. But change is good.
This spring a tall, thick old hedge surrounding the Hedge Collection at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle was replaced with new plants that, for the...