Barbara Brotman is a writer for the metropolitan news section's special projects team and the paper's Outdoors Adviser columnist.
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July 21, 2014
For 10 years they have looked out from the 50-foot video towers, staring or smiling as tourists snap photos and children shriek while standing under the water streaming from their pursed lips.
July 14, 2014
You may remember Irv and Carlyn Ungar.
July 7, 2014
The sun glittered on the water. Dolphins were cavorting past. The breeze sang; the sand beckoned.
June 23, 2014
Adolph Kiefer was about to do the backstroke.
June 16, 2014
Will this be the year that I reach my quirky goal?
June 9, 2014
How do you like Jim Flaminio's and Becca Lulinski's deck?
June 2, 2014
It looked up at me from the deli cooler in a small-town grocery as I searched for a road-trip lunch to go.
May 26, 2014
Most of us like to think of ourselves as good people — kind-hearted souls who mourn other people's misfortune, sympathetic types who would hate to see our neighbors suffer.
May 19, 2014
Lois Brach stepped onto the pool deck at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile and looked around.
May 13, 2014
Sitting at a round table in a room at Triton College, Ivette Carvalho was explaining the wonders of the Avila mountain range near her native city of Caracas, Venezuela.
May 5, 2014
Betsy Storm may be a better person than I am.
April 28, 2014
In the spirit of Wrigley Field nostalgia, let us take a trip down memory lane to the days of daytime baseball — and to that era's end with the first night game at Wrigley Field.
November 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.
October 23, 2013
It's last call for a fall bike ride. Want to belly up to the bar?
September 25, 2013
The sun had sunk behind the trees. In the fading light, the woods were dusky shadows.
September 4, 2013
Every season offers reasons to get outdoors, and late summer is no exception.
July 31, 2013
When you go on vacation, do you ever rent bikes and enjoy rides on quiet rural roads?
July 10, 2013
Bluff Spring Fen was on my list for years.
June 5, 2013
"Oh, my goodness," Janette Gayle said. "Oh, my lord."
June 9, 2011
OK, kids — it's time for archery!
May 12, 2011
Is spring really, finally here?
April 30, 2011
You don't think of Mayor Richard Daley as a City Council greenhorn. But on April 26, 1989, that's what he was.
April 22, 2010
Happy Earth Day, everybody.
February 7, 2010
We emerged out of the predawn darkness, an assortment of not-yet-caffeinated people toting ski clothes and Starbucks cups. Precisely at the scheduled time of 6:15 a.m., a coach bus pulled up, its cushy seats promising a fine nap. At 6:30 we were off, heading to Cascade Mountain on the Windy City Ski bus.
January 10, 2008
OK, people. Let's roll ourselves out the door. The indoor party is over. It's time for the outdoor cure.