| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch.
No one walking past or around the...
| Jan 14, 2014
You may think you're working hard. But relative to other mammals, you're kind of a slacker.
Primates, including humans, expend about half the energy in daily activities compared to similarly sized mammals, according to new research conducted at...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Museums are meant to be almost timeless, places that offer a long-view look at the world around us and a focus on what is important rather than merely fashionable. So to excerpt one year from the lives of Chicago's museums and talk only about what...
| Dec 19, 2013
Though the financial state of Illinois may be in question, there is one thing that all Illinoisans can truly take pride in: Chicago
This time of year we can be very proud of its beauty. Jewel after jewel, the city itself breathes holiday spirit....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:34 PM
An 18-year-old western lowland gorilla gave birth Monday at the Brookfield Zoo, officials said today.
The infant was born in the early morning hours to Koola, according to Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.
Guests will be able...
| Nov 7, 2013
Cookie, the Brookfield Zoo's resident 80-year-old cockatoo, was in fine form Tuesday morning.
The last remaining member of the west suburban zoo's original animal collection when it opened in 1934, he squawked with excitement — a piercing,...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Powder-blue, with cartoony lines and cushions everywhere, the Divvy bike looks like something a 7-year-old would be very excited to find under a Christmas tree or, more feasibly, near a Christmas tree. A not-unreasonable first reaction to one is to look...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When he was young, John Rivera used to think Santa Claus took up permanent residence in downtown Chicago, not at the North Pole.
“That’s what it felt like,” says Rivera, 47. “I’d see Santa on TV and at Marshall Field’...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:16 PM
In its first stab at a holiday lights display, the Morton Arboretum knocks it out of the park — and at 1,700 acres, the arboretum is, it should be said, a pretty big park.
"Illumination," which opens Friday and runs through Jan. 4, is an elegant,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:27 AM
A driver struck four vehicles and fled the scene after an early morning fight outside the Lincoln Park Zoo, police said.
About 2:25 a.m., police responded to reports of a physical altercation involving several people in the 1900 block of North...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:59 AM
Naperville's Central Park will be a dazzling spot for revelers this holiday season thanks to thousands of sparkling lights.
About 16,000 lights, that is.
The First Annual Naper Lights, a new holiday light display in downtown Naperville, debuts...
| Dec 1, 2013
Every now and then, I make a list of things, not all of them tangible, that I've liked lately. Here's one for the season.
1. The season
It can be frantic. It can be too commercial. It can be fraught with memories, expectations and arguments over...