| Aug 4, 2013
| 8:34 AM
The Backstreet Boys were back, all right, but not for as long as their excited fans at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion expected.
The '90s pop sensation — known for such hits as "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" — was apparently cut off Friday night...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:30 AM
The National Weather Service is warning people on beaches along Lake Michigan to stay out of the water because of dangerous swimming conditions.
A beach hazards alert is in effect until 9 p.m. today because of high waves and strong rip currents along the...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Those hoping to catch a glimpse of falling stars this weekend may have the best luck Saturday night.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday through Monday. While Chicagoans are plagued with some of the worst light pollution in the country (think orange...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 7:16 PM
To Christopher Bowen's friends and family, the 14-year-old boy was either swimming or fishing and when he told his father Friday afternoon that he was going swimming at the McKinley Park pool no one thought twice about it.
After all, Christopher was at...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 6:39 PM
The day after 14-year-old Christopher Bowen died at a Chicago Park District pool, friends and family on Saturday were trying to piece together what went wrong when the boy dove into the deep end of the pool.
"We just want to know what happened and why,"...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:49 AM
Arctic Splash Indoor Aquatic Center
The Wheeling Park District’s winter-themed splash park only looks chilly: A zero-depth leisure pool, toddler slide, interactive water play structures and mini lazy river will keep little polar bears coming...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:10 PM
The Chicago Park District plans to raise property taxes as part of a 2014 budget that would add swimming classes, summer Night Out in the Park events and sports programs, the agency announced late Friday.
Parks Superintendent Michael Kelly is...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Winter has come early to the Chicago area this weekend, with the coldest daytime temperatures since February and a chance of snow showers or snow through Sunday evening, according to forecasts.
High temperatures across the area were only in the high...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 6:18 AM
The man poking his head out of the water had one hand on the dock, but he was losing his grip after several minutes in the Chicago River this morning, large ice chunks floating feet away.
Kneeling above him was Officer Wayne Kramer, who had sprinted down...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:06 PM
The Chicago Park District is accepting comments from the public on a proposal to rename Pratt Beach in honor of Tobey Prinz, a Rogers Park community activist.
The district’s board on Wednesday voted to take the first step toward renaming the...
| Nov 6, 2013
Maybe you've seen the signs reading "Burnham Centennial Prairie/Native Prairie Planting in Process" along South Lake Shore Drive or the lakefront path.
Maybe you've wondered about the grassy plants growing on the east side of the drive, or the trees...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Vanguard Water Polo Club of Huntington Beach traveled to Indiana University to compete at the TYR Championship Cup and returned home with the gold medal in the boys' 14-and-under division.
The Championship Cup included the top teams which had to...