| Mar 15, 2014
| 12:44 PM
As the snow cover receded, Glencoe public safety officers continued their search Saturday for an 82-year-old village resident missing since January.
Police had searched for days after Harvey Caplin walked away from his north suburban home near forest...
| May 24, 2014
Bicycling enthusiasts in Highland Park can look forward to trail and sidewalk improvements this summer, as the city continues working on its 18-year plan to improve biking and walking paths.
Eventually, Highland Park is hoping to be considered a...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:18 AM
No one had to pull out their Sibley Guide to Birds on this morning’s walk through Ryerson Woods in Lake County.
Their guide was right in front of them - David Allen Sibley, ambling along the trail with his spotting scope over his shoulder and...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 8:31 AM
In the weeks after her mother's death, Gloria Ciaccio was steeped in grief. Numb and shocked, Ciaccio cried a lot, fought the urge to call her late mom on the phone, and felt like doing absolutely nothing.
But though overwhelmingly sad, Ciaccio was...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 5:19 AM
Vegetables, flowers and herbs grow in rows of green at Robert Boyce's greenhouses in Lake Zurich — but what he'd really like to grow is marijuana.
Boyce, a horticulturist and landscape design architect, has run Natural Environments Greenhouses and...
| Apr 29, 2014
Q: How about the use of fresh flowers in cooking? Maybe some of the more exotic flowers like borage, calendula, lilac, dianthus, rose petals, hollyhock and tulips. Can you go to a florist to buy flowers you want to cook with or would you have to buy dried...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:26 AM
First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to present the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions, including the Chicago Public Library, at a White House ceremony on Thursday.
In an announcement today, the White House described...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Chicago’s snow banks have finally melted, its temperature readings are firmly above freezing and the grass is even turning green. But the end of this historically nasty winter hasn’t meant a return to balmy beach weather. When May begins...
| Oct 30, 2013
The frost is settling in, a signal that it's time to stow your shovels, trowels, rakes and other gardening hand tools. Spend a few minutes maintaining them now, and they should serve you well for many more growing seasons.
"We still have some rakes...
| Oct 15, 2013
I have a bed by a brick wall where I plant petunias every year so they drape down. I count on them for color. This year, the petunias in the bed did well for about a month. Then suddenly they were dead. It looked like they had dried up from the root. I...
| Oct 22, 2013
I have mounded, spreading junipers in my front landscaping. Last year they started getting brown spots. I cut them out, assuming new growth would fill in. This year the brown area is spreading. Are they dying? Is this a fungus?
— Carolyn Minehart...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 12:03 PM
More than a million people visited the Chicago Botanic Garden this year, setting a record at the 41-year-old sprawling garden in Glencoe.
Attendance at one of the Chicago area's leading tourist attactions has steadily increased in recent years.