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

A story about the migration of tens of thousands of sandhill cranes; you can view this great Midwestern migration for the next few weeks. A Chicago city park that features 154 acres of native marsh and wet prairie habitat, great birdwatching, and easy hiking trails Nearly 22 acres of restored woodlands, wetlands, and a pond … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in November 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

I Survived—and Thrived—on a 38-Hour Roundtrip Amtrak Journey

Why take a 17+-hour (one-way) train trip from Chicago to Washington, DC, when you can fly there in less than 2 hours? That was the question that some people asked when I told them that myself, my wife, and my 8-year-old son (as well as our good friends, Greg and Nancy, and their children) planned … Continue reading I Survived—and Thrived—on a 38-Hour Roundtrip Amtrak Journey