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Des Plaines resident charged with hate crime following June 14 verbal abuse
A new history organization hosted a walk at Beaubien Woods.
The case began when a woman shared a video of a man harassing her in a Cook County preserve while the officer looked on.
Fort Sheridan debuts new accessible trails, educational exhibits, and trailhead amenities.
While known for its lake views, modern architecture, deep-dish pizza, and those World Series champion Cubs, the Windy City is also close to some of the Midwest’s best hiking trails. Glacier-scraped terrain, hardwood forests, and meandering rivers are all within two hours of the Magnificent Mile.
500 dockless bikes will make it easier for people to pull off a cruise in the woods.
Land managers struggle to protect the last white lady's slipper orchid plant in the preserve system.
A woman sustained bite injuries from the three dogs, presumed to be feral,
The connector expands hiking and biking options and makes traveling between forest preserves safer.
The trailblazers are out to prove that Windy City hikers can enjoy wild, long-distance routes too.
Officials spread a sticky bacterium in an attempt to control the invasive bug.
Testing discovered unacceptable levels of lead Chicago's tap water at hundreds of sites.
Many turtles are injured and killed crossing the road this time of year.
At 122 feet tall and almost 29 feet around, the cottonwood beat out the previous champion tree, a cypress in southern Illinois.
The new events will offer an after-hours peek at the woods.
The next phase of the Building on Burnham plan focuses on turning the Chicago River into a recreation hub.
The super-popular state park is struggling to handle its millions of visitors.
Last weekend's snowstorm hit new highs for April across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.
Savannah Buik used climbing to help her overcome an eating disorder.
First sighting since project began eight years ago
One species is increasing, while another saw a slight decline.
Racine has applied for permission to draw 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan for the planned tech plant.
Hunting fees pay for wildlife conservation. With participation dropping, who will pick up the slack?
Marc Berman, head of the Environmental Neuroscience Lab, has recorded positive cognitive effects from just photos or sounds of nature.
The two species are enemies in the wild, but Wisconsin biologists found they surprisingly tolerate each other in cities.
The volunteer organization does everything from trail work to political advocacy to tree-planting in public school lots.
Some neighborhood groups oppose construction plans for the South Side complex.
In artist Peter Gorman's new map-based print, 20 diagonal road junctions look like snowflakes and dancing figures.
Local organizations are studying ways to improve the Logan Boulevard & Western Avenue junction.
Aldermen will decide on a contract for an interactive mastodon model for Phillips Park.
Now's the time to go for trail ranger, gardener, naturalist, and camp counselor jobs.
Wondering about that city, river, or road name? Chances are, it can be traced back to the area's original residents.
At least two others have died searching for a supposed trove of jewels and gold hidden somewhere in the West.
Scientists at Brookfield Zoo are using artificial insemination to help the species recover.
The Strava fitness map show exactly where Chicagoans love to work out.
The proposal to merge and redesign courses at Jackson Park has drawn community criticism.
Why adding Divvy stations on the South and West Sides was a smart move.
22 million pounds of plastic enter the waters each year from microplastics and beach litter.
The group seeks documents relating plans for big changes at Jackson Park.
Chicago-area museums and nature parks have an exciting year of cultural and environmental special events on the calendar.
The Chicago team was instrumental in the creation of the new Parque Nacional Yaguas.
Chicago Department of Transportation plans to discuss a proposal to make Chicago Avenue safer for cyclists and pedestrians this year.