| Nov 25, 2013
'Tis the season for Aunt Mary, and host we now our dear friend Harold.
As if the stress of the holidays isn't enough on it's own, you have friends and family in town coming into town and get the added joy of serving as yuletide tour guide to your...
| Nov 30, 2013
Wildlife in city
Coyotes in Columbus Park and cougars on Illinois farmland have been making the headlines.
While cities and suburbs were designed for people, we are increasingly learning wild animals are also adapting to our urban way of life....
| 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 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,...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 5:33 AM
Hey, hey! What day is it?
Yeah, it's already Hump Day Wednesday. Mark the weekly occasion by brushing up on Chicago's resident Bactrian camels captured above eating flowers on Mother's Day this year at Lincoln Park Zoo.
A quick rundown from the...
| 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...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Scientists hope newly introduced snakes, mice and weasels will help restore the natural habitat of Lake County's open areas.
Researchers are studying, breeding and releasing these animals to increase species diversity and improve the environment in Lake...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 2:17 PM
A chimpanzee was euthanized Monday morning after more than half a century at the Lincoln Park Zoo, where he was the first member of his species.
Keo, 55, was the oldest living male chimp at a North American zoo, according to a news release. Zoo...
| 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...
| Oct 10, 2013
Halloween is hard enough, what with figuring out your own costume, helping the kids choose theirs and trying not to snack on the industrial-size bag of Kit-Kats you've convinced yourself is necessary, despite your house's location on a side street, off...
| Sep 29, 2013
Chicagoans thrilled last month to news that a healthy 60-pound infant was born at the Lincoln Park Zoo. King, the new addition, is a rare eastern black rhinoceros, an endangered species native to South Africa that has been poached to the brink of...