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

Author Discusses the Joys of Dragonflies and Damselflies

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER & AUTHOR OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND I love dragonflies. They’re beautiful, colorful, and diverse—and great for our area's ecosystems. Did you know that there are nearly 310 species of dragonflies in North America alone? Dragonflies are master aviators despite spending most of their lives as larvae in the water. Seeing a … Continue reading Author Discusses the Joys of Dragonflies and Damselflies

Meet Eira Corral Sepúlveda: A Strong Candidate for Election to the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND Eira Corral Sepúlveda is running for election to the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago. I think the average person takes the MWRD for granted, but it plays a major role in treating wastewater, reducing flooding (increasingly important as Illinois’ climate becomes wetter due … Continue reading Meet Eira Corral Sepúlveda: A Strong Candidate for Election to the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Meet Cam Davis: A Strong Candidate for Re-election to the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND What is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago, and why is it important to me? The MWRD plays a major role in treating wastewater, reducing flooding (increasingly important as Illinois’ climate becomes wetter due to global climate change), and reducing the amount of stormwater (which … Continue reading Meet Cam Davis: A Strong Candidate for Re-election to the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Meet Kimberly Neely Dubuclet: A Strong Candidate for Re-election to the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND Kimberly Neely DuBuclet is running for re-election to the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago. She has served as a commissioner on the board of the MWRD since December 2018. Previous to this role, DuBuclet was the Chicago Park District’s director of legislative and … Continue reading Meet Kimberly Neely Dubuclet: A Strong Candidate for Re-election to the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

20+ Great Destinations on Chicago’s South Side and in the Southland to Check Out This Weekend and Beyond

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND Looking for something to do this weekend and beyond? If so, check out these 20+ great places on Chicago’s South Side and in its south and southwest suburbs. I’ve also included Indiana Dunes National Park, one of our nation’s newest national park, and it’s just as beautiful … Continue reading 20+ Great Destinations on Chicago’s South Side and in the Southland to Check Out This Weekend and Beyond

The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in April 2020

Finding peace and enjoying time with my son via neighborhood walks during COVID-19 The wildest place in Cook County 85+ places to visit in the Chicagoland area and beyond A good spot for hiking, running, biking, and otherwise recreating during COVID-19 Great hiking and biking and remnants of the Manhattan Project An interview with one … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in April 2020

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