| Dec 12, 2013
Most of Chicago's major zoos and museums are more than just showpieces for their collections, animal or anthropological.
Two new scientific studies — both based in the Bahamas and deriving from 18 or more years of work there — highlight...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 10:28 AM
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is defending a conservation police officer's decision to fatally shoot a cougar in Whiteside County after it was found hiding near a farmhouse.
The encounter Wednesday near Morrison, about 130 miles west of...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:57 PM
There’s no place like home – especially for lemon sharks about to give birth.
Despite absences as long as 17 years, the pregnant sharks returned to the exact spot in the Bahamas where they were born when they were ready to become mothers,...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Pat Fitzgerald makes his rounds at 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
"He'll say, 'The office is closed in five minutes. Get out of here,'" linebackers coach Randy Bates said. "And then he'll swing by a second time to make sure."
Thursday is date night for...
| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Jul 31, 2013
Chicago's Field Museum made headlines on four continents this year after researchers discovered a 600-year-old Chinese coin in late December on the Kenyan island of Manda, revealing there was trade between China and East Africa before European explorers...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:50 AM
Few sights are as mesmerizing as a flock of starlings in fall — those great clouds of birds that rise up into the sky, swarming and shifting as if they're tangled up in gusty winds. Peggy Macnamara, artist-in-residence for the Field Museum, captures...
| Nov 3, 2013
Many men and women helped raise Chicago out of the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 and transform it into the major city it would become in the 20th century, people such as Marshall Field, Charles Wacker, Aaron Montgomery Ward, Potter Palmer, Jane Addams...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Your dog romps on the same bed and dines at the same table as you do. So what separates you from your beloved pet? If you've ever wondered that question, the Chicago Humanities Festival hopes to enlighten you with its 24th annual fall festival line-up....
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:08 AM
Deep in the bowels of the basement of the Field Museum, Emily Graslie peels back the fur of a recently deceased giant anteater to reveal pinkish flesh underneath.
"I think this takes the cake as the strangest animal anatomically I've ever done," she says...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Hiding out in the treetops of the Andean cloud forest is the furry, fig-chomping olinguito, a mammal that was unknown to science — until now.
It is the first mammal in the order carnivora to be discovered in the Western hemisphere in 35 years....
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:43 PM
"It doesn't look like it would do very well in the water," Emily Graslie is saying, dryly.
The Field Museum's first ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent is standing in front of a skeleton of an extinct giant lemur, mounted in a glass case in a back...