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Throw Your Cares Away by Tossing an Axe

Can you love doing something that you stink at? That was the axe-istential question as I threw axes for about an hour this past Saturday at BATL (4842 W. Irving Park Road) in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Note: Until recently, BATL was known as Thunderbolt Axe Throwing.) I was as bad at axe-throwing … Continue reading Throw Your Cares Away by Tossing an Axe

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The 7 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in November 2018

Model Trains and Chicago Scenes at an Arboretum, Indoor Oases for Weather-Challenged Winter Weekends, A Book About an Illinois Environmental Legend, Trolls, The Wildest Place in Cook County, A Walk With My Son Amidst Political Chaos. These were the topics of the most-popular posts at Nature in Chicagoland in November 2018 based on page views … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in November 2018

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian: A Great Place to Learn About the First Americans

For thousands of years, Native Americans lived where our (meaning everyone who arrived after the Native Americans) homes, stores, and parks now stand. They hunted for game in the hills, ravines, and forests of Chicagoland; collected mussels and clams and fished in what we now call Lake Michigan; and fell in love, cherished their families, … Continue reading The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian: A Great Place to Learn About the First Americans

9 Indoor Spots to Visit in Chicagoland During a Snowy Weekend

This weekend in Chicagoland is expected to be snowy and cold. While you may not be able to take a long hike or go camping, there are many natured-oriented places, museums, and even an auto museum you can visit to get out of the house and stay out of the snow and cold. Try the … Continue reading 9 Indoor Spots to Visit in Chicagoland During a Snowy Weekend

George Fell: A Tireless Advocate for Nature in Illinois

There are people who talk, and there are people who do. George Fell was a doer—in spades. There are people who do, but can’t stop talking about themselves and the credit they deserve. Not George Fell. There are people who quit when the powers that be tell them no or who simply run out of … Continue reading George Fell: A Tireless Advocate for Nature in Illinois

Votes for Cam Davis and Debra Shore are Votes for Clean Water in Chicagoland

Voting for board members of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is probably not high on your list of concerns, given the high-stakes contests for Illinois governor, state’s attorney, and other high-profile elected officials. But the MWRD, as it is commonly known, plays a major role in treating wastewater, … Continue reading Votes for Cam Davis and Debra Shore are Votes for Clean Water in Chicagoland

Lamenting the Ugly Mood in America is a “Good Walk with My Young Son Ruined,” So I Left…

...America’s current state of political rage behind as we entered North Park Village Nature Center on a just-right, late-fall day—the sun shining brightly, the trees a beautiful leafy tapestry of bright reds, oranges, and yellows, the wind blowing softly. My eight-year-old son had a rough week, and so had I as I watched the level … Continue reading Lamenting the Ugly Mood in America is a “Good Walk with My Young Son Ruined,” So I Left…

The 7 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in October 2018

Ghost Stories, Trolls (the fun kind), Buried Remains of the Manhattan Project in a Suburban Forest Preserve, Indoor Oases for Weather-Challenged Fall and Winter Weekends, An Amazing City Park, and Places to See Bison in Chicagoland. These were the topics of the most-popular posts at Nature in Chicagoland in October 2018 based on page views … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in October 2018

Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago

You don’t expect to find 40-foot limestone cliffs, a stream, beautiful waterfalls, and a pond in the middle of Chicago. But at Palmisano Park—a hidden gem at 27th and Halsted in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood—that’s just the case. This beautiful urban oasis is an attractive destination for hikers, runners, fishers, wanderers, dog walkers, kite-fliers, urban philosophers, … Continue reading Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago

8 Indoor Places to Visit in Chicagoland During a Rainy, Fall Weekend

This weekend in Chicagoland is expected to be rainy. While you may not be able to take a long hike or go camping, there are many natured-oriented places, museums, and even an auto museum you can visit to get out of the house and stay out of the rain. Try the following places this weekend … Continue reading 8 Indoor Places to Visit in Chicagoland During a Rainy, Fall Weekend