| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Hundreds of schools, including the Chicago Public Schools, have decided to remain closed on Tuesday because of the dangerous cold. "Tuesday’s expected continuation of subzero temperatures and high winds will make it dangerous for children and...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:20 PM
Frigid temperatures today forced many city cultural attractions to choose between opening for planned free-admission days and shutting down because of the weather.
The state requires museums on public park land to charge no admission 52 days per year,...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 9:07 PM
Not far from Chicago, in a region now dominated by cornfields and whitetail deer, scientists say they've found fossil evidence of a “shark nursery” where prehistoric predators hatched.
The finding, which challenges long-held notions about...
| 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...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:51 PM
On the surface, Richard Hyerczyk doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d threaten to kill cops and burn the mayor’s house down.
A draftsman for a suburban machinery company, Hyerczyk is also an avid naturalist with a master’s...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Those looking for a classic instance of the little guy being screwed by big government need look no further than "Dinosaur 13." Todd Douglas Miller's engrossing documentary moves from the triumphant discovery of what remains the world's largest, most...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:32 AM
PARK CITY, Utah -- "Dinosaur 13," a documentary about the discovery of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the ensuing legal fight over control of the bones, has been acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films.
The deal, completed Friday morning, is...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:12 AM
After a hard-fought battle, Illinois residents next month can begin applying for permits to carry concealed guns in public. But those who do could face another challenge: figuring out where it's legal to carry a firearm and where having a gun could land...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:03 PM
The history of Native Americans contains many sorrowful narratives of displacement and broken promises from the United States government. The American Indian Center of Chicago, located in Uptown, has its roots in that history. But at 60 years old, the...
| 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...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:44 PM
The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago isn't a grandiose thing, looming over a park like the Field Museum or over Michigan Avenue like the Art Institute.
It sits in a long-retired, single-bay Chicago firehouse in the 5200 block of South Western Avenue, just...
| Apr 14, 2013
Greg Borzo believes, and rightly so, that much of our city's history "hides in plain sight."
There is, for instance, the small building in the accompanying photo, Borzo standing near it.
Sitting prominently at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. in Hyde Park,...