The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in September 2021

Nearly 10 amazing places to see bison in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa An amazing prairie in Westchester, Illinois   A wonderfully wild, hilly nature preserve with a Civil War–era church that's now a nature center A rare mesic gravel prairie tucked between noisy Interstate 55, railroad tracks, warehouses, LaGrange Road, and the Des Plaines … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in September 2021

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!

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

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER & AUTHOR OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND 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 … Continue reading New Book Shows That You Don’t Need a Car to Enjoy Chicagoland Nature

A Lake Michigan Calendar, Books Spotlighting Iconic Chicago Scenes and Destinations, and Nature Books to Fill Your Holiday Stockings

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER & AUTHOR OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND If you’re looking for holiday stocking stuffers, consider the following nature- or Chicagoland-oriented calendar and books. My friend TED GLASOE, an environmental advocate and an award-winning nature photographer and a champion of protecting Lake Michigan, offers a 2021 calendar and photographic prints that feature breathtaking images of our … Continue reading A Lake Michigan Calendar, Books Spotlighting Iconic Chicago Scenes and Destinations, and Nature Books to Fill Your Holiday Stockings

Renowned Photographer Publishes New Book That Captures the Essence of Chicago

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND If you live in Chicagoland and beyond, you’ve seen Barry Butler’s wonderful landscape and cityscape photographs on television newscasts, on social media (including on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts), at his website, and in photo exhibitions. His creative vision and deft touch with the camera turns … Continue reading Renowned Photographer Publishes New Book That Captures the Essence of Chicago

Local Nature Artist Discusses Her Work and Her Top Local Nature Picks

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND Writing a nature blog is a great way to meet new people and learn more about how others are inspired by nature in the Chicago area. One person that I’ve got to know a little since I started writing Nature in Chicagoland is Melissa, of Melissa Blue … Continue reading Local Nature Artist Discusses Her Work and Her Top Local Nature Picks

Goodbye 2019!…Hello 2020

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND I want to thank all my Nature in Chicagoland readers for visiting my blog in 2019. In nearly 35 blog posts and more than 59,000 words (I didn’t count them, so I’ll have to trust my data analytics software), I’ve covered everything from an adventurous trip down … Continue reading Goodbye 2019!…Hello 2020

The Most-Popular Non-Nature Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in 2019

I wrote many stories about nature destinations in 2019, but I also covered a lot of other topics that were near and dear to my heart including stories about my family, the loss of a 100-year-old home in my neighborhood, the senseless murder of a sweet little boy, a first-time Amtrak trip across the country … Continue reading The Most-Popular Non-Nature Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in 2019

Need Gift Ideas for the Holidays and Beyond? I Have 16 Talented Friends

copyright David Fode I HAVE SOME TALENTED FRIENDS. I didn't just realize that, but it's always important to celebrate achievement in visual art, music, and writing since it is so difficult to attain. As a nature blogger, poet, essayist, frustrated short story writer, and amateur visual artist, I know how much work it takes to … Continue reading Need Gift Ideas for the Holidays and Beyond? I Have 16 Talented Friends

A Lake Michigan Calendar and Nature Books to Fill Your Holiday Stockings

If you're still looking for holiday stocking stuffers, consider the following nature-oriented calendar and books. My friend TED GLASOE, an environmental advocate and an award-winning nature photographer who loves Lake Michigan even more than I do, offers a 2020 calendar that features breathtaking images of our beautiful inland sea. You can purchase it at his website, and … Continue reading A Lake Michigan Calendar and Nature Books to Fill Your Holiday Stockings