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, a historic cemetery in a Chicago suburb, and efforts to restore Chicagoland’s only castle. I also interviewed renowned photographer Barry Butler about his new book of photos of Chicagoland scenes. Here are the most popular non-nature posts in 2020 based on page views by my readers. Click on the links to read the articles:

1. Neighborhood Walks During the Pandemic Bring Back Memories and Encourage a Bit of Hope

2. Life in the Time of COVID-19: Thoughts on Baseball, Hoarding, Being Thankful, Accountability, Gardening, and Hope

3. America 2020: A Few Thoughts On the Murder of George Floyd, Marching for Justice, and Looting

4. Visit Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery Not Only for Spooks and Scares, But Also For Its Rich Local History

5. Fundraising Effort Aims to Preserve the Only Castle in Chicagoland

Copyright (text) Andrew Morkes, Nature in Chicagoland

Copyright (photos) Andrew Morkes, Nature in Chicagoland; except COVID virus (NAIAD), George Floyd photo #1 (Google Commons), George Floyd #2 (Shutterstock), Emma Fulton gravestone (unknown)


Looking for some great nature destinations in Chicagoland? If so, I just published Nature in Chicagoland: More Than 120 Fantastic Nature Destinations That You Must Visit. It features amazing destinations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Click on the title to learn more. 

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I have been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. I’m the founder of College & Career Press (2002); the editorial director of the CAM Report career newsletter and College Spotlight newsletter; the author and publisher of “The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends” blog; and the author and publisher of Hot Health Care Careers: 30 Occupations With Fast Growth and Many New Job OpeningsNontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDsThey Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates; and other titlesThey Teach That in College!? provides more information on environmental- and sustainability-related majors such as Ecotourism, Range Management, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Sustainability Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture/Organic Farming. I’m also a member of the parent advisory board at my son’s school. 

In addition to these publications, I’ve written more than 40 books about careers for other publishing and media companies. I’ve written and edited many books for Infobase including the venerable Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering CareersWhat Can I Do Now?!, and Career Skills Library series.

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