Science & Nature

Your Guide to All Things Cicada: How Loud Will It Get? How Bad Will It Smell? And Everything You Didn’t Know to Ask

In 2024, Illinois can’t be beat for periodical cicadas. Here’s everything... Read More

Science & Nature

‘We Were Not Dropping Acid’: The Story Behind the Making of DuPage Forest Preserve’s Viral Cicada Video

“Nature education is a big part of what we do here, but you gotta find a way... Read More

Dean Lennox Kelly as Jacob; Eve Best as Rosaline.

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MaryLand On Masterpiece

Everything comes to a head as Richard and Jim arrive at the Isle of Man. Mary's actions continue to have an impact on the entire family as they try to heal and reconnect.


A Third Downton Abbey Film is on the Way

After months of rumors, we finally have confirmation that Downton Abbey is indeed returning for a third movie – with some new cast members. 

Robert and Cora Crawley.

Latino Voices

Goddesses, Warriors and Governors

Femme fatales and goddesses play for keeps at a new exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art. 

 Ancient Huasteca Women: Goddesses, Warriors and Governors

Chicago Mysteries

Was Walter Newberry buried in a rum barrel?

While aboard a ship from the United States to France in 1868, businessman Walter Loomis Newberry died at sea. 

An illustration depicting men rolling a barrel, supposedly with Walter Newberry inside of it, at Graceland Cemetery. Credit: National Police Gazette / Newberry Library

For parents

Make a Plan! How to Help When Your Child Is Anxious

I often tell my daughter, “You can do hard things!”

Mom comforting child.
A man dressed as a cicada in a tree

Science & Nature

The Story Behind the Making of DuPage Forest Preserve’s Viral Cicada Video

The educational video has nabbed hundreds of thousands of views, tens of thousands of shares and comments, and caught the attention of a late-night TV talk show host.

Tracy Powell and Nikki Bravo sit for a portrait in sweatshirts branded with Momentum Coffee


More Than a Latte: Momentum Coffee Tries to Contribute to Development in Underserved Neighborhoods

“We want to be a catalyst for development in these neighborhoods that have been abandoned for over 60 years now,” says the owner of Momentum Coffee.

People look at produce laid out on tables outside at a farmers market


Farmers Markets Are Here

The 2024 farmers market season is now under way. Explore our list and a map to find one near you in the suburbs or city.

Four stone fertility goddesses against a wood background

Arts & Entertainment

Wonder Women of the Ancient World Visit Chicago in ‘Goddesses, Warriors and Governors’ Exhibit

Recently unearthed treasures, buried for a thousand years or more, are part of a visiting exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City.

Mice eating watermelon.

For parents

Children’s Books for Summer Fun

Take a break from the heat with books. From sandy beach to city street, this list will get your kids reading no matter where summer takes them. Start with Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson. Grab a kite, eat watermelon, or roll down some grassy hills and get into the spirit of the season with Mouse and Minka.

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