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The Most-Popular Non-Nature Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in 2020

I wrote many stories about nature destinations in 2020, but I also covered a lot of other topics that were near and dear to my heart including stories about my family (including saying goodbye to my third set of “grandparents”), surviving and thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath, … Continue reading The Most-Popular Non-Nature Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in 2020

Goodbye (and Good Riddance) 2020…Hello 2021!

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND I want to thank my Nature in Chicagoland readers for visiting my blog in 2020. In nearly 45 blog posts, I covered everything from buffalo “hunting” at Kankakee Sands; to exploring the remnant prairies that dot Chicagoland’s landscape; to 14 of my favorite national parks and other … Continue reading Goodbye (and Good Riddance) 2020…Hello 2021!

Remembering Matt Lignell

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND My high school classmate, Matt Lignell, died suddenly of a massive heart attack on New Year’s Eve after making dinner for his mom. Matt and I attended Luther High School South together (Class of 87), and we remained casual friends into our early 20s. What shocking and … Continue reading Remembering Matt Lignell

New Book Shows That You Don’t Need a Car to Enjoy Chicagoland Nature

The Chicago metropolitan area (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau) consists of nearly 11,000 square miles. In this vast area, there are a plethora of awe-inspiring nature destinations. There is Lake Michigan, our vast inland sea, which offers an amazing interplay of sky and water as the seasons change; the Chicago River and other … Continue reading New Book Shows That You Don’t Need a Car to Enjoy Chicagoland Nature

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