| Aug 3, 2014
| 5:45 AM
City of Chicago officials are re-testing its Lake Michigan water supply as a safety precaution following Saturday's declaration that the Toledo, Ohio, water supply from Lake Erie is unsafe to drink.
Chicago Department of Water Management spokesperson...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 3:01 PM
CHICAGO — On a recent evening, two inches of rain soaked the city, overwhelming the combined sewer system and forcing human waste into the Chicago River. It triggered an outfall sensor. Ian Hughes' iPhone chirped. New email. He clicked the link...
| Aug 2, 2014
Beneath the serene waters of Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes, a war rages. It pits armies of invaders bent on establishing colonies against a dwindling force of native lake dwellers. The invaders — at least 56 organisms not native to the Great...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:36 AM
Three men were pulled from Lake Michigan after their sailboat overturned Tuesday evening during a storm with high winds, officials said.
The three were rescued by a Chicago Fire Department boat that had positioned itself near the mouth of Monroe Harbor...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 3:00 PM
After almost a year of planning, Winnetka lawmakers adopted the village's controversial "Stormwater Master Plan" - despite both claims the project could result in polluted stormwater getting into Lake Michigan and the results of a recent referendum on the...
| May 12, 2014
| 5:55 AM
Teen "truth or dare" has taken on a digital twist on the North Shore, where a challenge spread through social media has prompted school officials to warn that the stunt could be dangerous.
In the fad, sometimes referred to as the "cold water challenge,"...
| Apr 30, 2014
Wauconda is inching closer to Lake Michigan water.
Despite a collapse in negotiations in the fall, the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously recently to restart negotiations with Wauconda to access Lake...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:59 PM
The Lake County Forest Preserves received a call about a swath of the Fort Sheridan lake bluff that had collapsed into Lake Michigan after the heavy rains earlier this week.
But when Jim Anderson, the forest preserves' natural resource manager,...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 3:04 PM
A body pulled from Lake Michigan last night near Navy Pier is possibly a 27-year-old woman who went missing during a boating mishap May 31 that also claimed the life of a Chicago attorney, authorities said.
An autopsy determined the woman, in her 20s,...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 9:04 PM
The flow of sand on the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan is out of balance, creating serious erosion in some places and too much sand in others, experts say.
After decades of treating the problem at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in a more or less...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 2:37 PM
A 16-year-old boy who drowned after falling off rocks along Lake Michigan on the North Side, despite efforts by his friends to pull him out of the water, has been identified, authorities said.
An autopsy today determined Gyron Webb, of the 1400 block of...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:54 PM
Entrepreneur Beau D’Arcy paints a romantic picture when talking about his latest venture, a floating entertainment complex called Breakwater Chicago.
“When you’re on Breakwater, you have the ability to have a great dinner, a glass of...