Health Committee Agrees to Form Working Group to Reopen Chicago’s Public Mental Health Clinics, Expand 911 Alternate Response

The measure, introduced by Mayor Brandon Johnson and Health Committee Chair... Read More

Science & Nature

Get Ready to Stomp and Squash: First Infestation of Dreaded Spotted Lanternfly Confirmed in Illinois

The dreaded spotted lanternfly, an invasive species capable of devastating... Read More

Baratunde walking in Oregon.

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America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston - Oregon: New Heights

Oregon is known for its wild coastline and misty forests, but it's a place where a few hours in your car can take you from the coast to the high desert or the Cascade mountains. Embracing this incredible variety, Baratunde embraces forest bathing, goes spearfishing to discover underwater kelp forests, rides along with cowboys on the cutting edge of sustainable ranching and rollerblades through Portland.


A Q&A with the Producers of a New Documentary about the Reversal of the Chicago River

Without the river’s reversal, who knows what would have become of the city?

Canal workers in 1904. Image: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago

Black Voices

Chicago Author Wants Black Women to Stop Waiting for Perfect – and Thrive

Perfectionism might sound like a good thing, but in practice, it can perform more like procrastination.

L'Oreal Thompson Payton


Chicago Stories - Angels Too Soon: The School Fire of ’58

On December 1, 1958, a devastating fire swept through Our Lady of the Angels school in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, killing 92 children and three nuns. 

Police inspect the Damage

For parents

Craft a Color Changing Chameleon

Create a great visualization of how chameleons change colors to match their settings.

Turning paper plates into color changing chameleons.
The interior of the Illinois Supreme Court chamber


As Illinois Supreme Court Weighs Another Biometric Privacy Lawsuit, Lawmakers Consider Child Data Framework

The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a pair of class action suits brought by two suburban nurses who allege their employers violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Medinah Temple in 1938


The Many Colorful Uses of Medinah Temple, Now a Casino, Over the Years

The Moorish Revival building in River North was initially built for the Shriners, but has seen a circus, demolition threats, the Dalai Lama, a Bloomingdale's, and more over its more than century of existence. 

Hendrik, Van der Valk, and Lucienne look over a railing


A New Season of Van der Valk

A murder connects back to a case that Van der Valk worked twenty years ago and has haunted him and colleagues ever since. 

Flamingos stand by the water along a Lake Michigan Beach on Sept. 22, 2023, in Port Washington, Wis. (Paul A. Smith / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)

Science & Nature

Flamingos in Wisconsin? Tropical Birds Visit Lake Michigan Beach in a First for the State

The American flamingos spotted Friday in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, marked the first sighting of the species in Wisconsin state history.

Family cooking together.

For parents

What Are Your Favorite Family Traditions?

Honoring family traditions is important to kids and grown-ups across backgrounds and cultures. Sharing special traditions can strengthen family bonds and create a sense of belonging to children and grown-ups. Traditions can help us connect with cultural or religious roots. They are often shared and passed on to others — sometimes through generations.

2024 Subaru Forester in the forest.

Enter to Win

Grand Prize: 2024 Subaru Forester

The 2024 Subaru Forester delivers all-weather confidence, the ultimate in driving comfort, and seamless, intuitive technology. It’s also the only small SUV to receive the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for 16 straight years. The Forester is the SUV for all you love — and for wherever life takes you.

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