Has the Murder of Children in Chicagoland Become Normalized?

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND It's an irrational thought but I’m starting to think this every morning when I read or view the news and there is yet another poor child who has become the collateral damage to someone’s stupid gang life or other evil actions. These stories get a few seconds … Continue reading Has the Murder of Children in Chicagoland Become Normalized?

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

The wildest place in Cook County 12 tips for a successful winter hike and some destination suggestions The celebration of a high school friend taken too soon More than 20 amazing nature spots on Chicago’s South Side and in the Southland to check out this weekend and beyond. A midwestern region where you’ll be saying, … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in January 2021

Visit to Lincoln Cemetery Reveals Rich African American Aviation History

Long ago, they raced through the blue sky in fantastic flying machines, and now they rest beneath the earth at Lincoln Cemetery, a historic African American cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois. One is so renowned that pilots dropped flowers over her grave for many years to celebrate her achievements during her short life. One helped … Continue reading Visit to Lincoln Cemetery Reveals Rich African American Aviation History

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

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND 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, … Continue reading The Most-Popular Non-Nature Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in 2020

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

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND Nature in Chicagoland Readers: This is an extremely challenging time in America, and I hope you won't mind if I take a break from nature to discuss the events that are currently happening in the United States. We live in a strange and disturbing world in which … Continue reading America 2020: Thoughts On the Murder of George Floyd, Marching for Justice, and Looting

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

BY ANDREW MORKES, FOUNDER OF NATURE IN CHICAGOLAND March in Chicago: Dreams of baseball (the games that count…boy, the White Sox would have been good this year)The St. Patrick’s Day (I mean week-long…I mean month-long) celebrations in full swingGreening grass jazzing up the color tones of monochromatic gray Chicago winterEarly spring flowers breaking through the … Continue reading Life in the Time of COVID-19: Thoughts on Baseball, Hoarding, Being Thankful, Accountability, Gardening, and Hope

Celebrating the Two-Year Anniversary of Nature in Chicagoland

Today is the two-year anniversary of my blog, Nature in Chicagoland. In the last 730 days, I’ve published nearly 80 articles about the great outdoors.  I've covered everything from eagle watching and views of the mighty Mississippi River at Mississippi Palisades State Park, to remnants of the Manhattan Project and great wildlife viewing in Red … Continue reading Celebrating the Two-Year Anniversary of Nature in Chicagoland

15 Nature in Chicagoland Stories to Check Out on a North Pole-Like Day

It’s so cold today in Chicagoland that [fill in your punch line here]. So, today is a perfect day to…stay inside and read some of my favorite all-time posts at Nature in Chicagoland and dream of warm weather, summer skies, forests of green, happy dancing deer (okay, maybe I have mental frostbite), and all the … Continue reading 15 Nature in Chicagoland Stories to Check Out on a North Pole-Like Day

Earthrise 1968: Thoughts on the Past and Future of the Environment and America

The beautiful blue Earth rising above the barren, chalky surface of the moon in the darkness of space. That’s what astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders saw on December 24, 1968, from the cockpit of the command module of Apollo 8. These men were tasked with completing a challenging mission that involved testing … Continue reading Earthrise 1968: Thoughts on the Past and Future of the Environment and America

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center: Big Bugs, Tons of Fun Activities for Kids, and Great Hiking Trails

Massive bugs are everywhere at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center (3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, 630/850-8110, email), which is located in Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve. A 5-foot-long praying mantis perches atop the entrance to the center, a large grasshopper peers down from the roof when you walk behind the center to view the … Continue reading Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center: Big Bugs, Tons of Fun Activities for Kids, and Great Hiking Trails