New Bird-Friendly Law in Illinois Calls for Less ‘Transparency’ in Government Buildings

Nearly 600 million birds are killed annually in North America due to... Read More


Arwady: COVID-19 Cases Are on the Rise, But Not Because of Lollapalooza

The number of COVID-19 cases is once again rising in Chicago following the... Read More


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Nature - Super Cats: Cats In Every Corner

Discover how cats have conquered the world, thriving in almost every landscape on Earth, from fishing cats in the wetlands of Asia, to a pregnant jaguar in Costa Rica, to margays in Central American treetops, to a swamp tiger on the Indian shore.


Calling all Blueberry Lovers

South Haven is for blueberry lovers. For one weekend every August, the humble fruit takes center stage for a four-day festival.

Blueberry Plants

Black Voices

Helping Entrepreneurs Pursue Their Passions

We meet local entrepreneur Karen Spears, whose “mind-mapping” process helps people figure out the first or next step in starting a business.

Karen Spears talks about her “mind-mapping” process.


Professor T Recap: Episode 4

Professor T’s work as a consultant for the police has begun eating into his professional obligations.

Professor T

For parents

Preparing Your Child for Preschool

If, like me, you’re stressed about what milestones your child needs to hit before preschool, here’s your permission to stop worrying.

Preschooler holding hands with a parent
A preschool student listens as her teacher talks during class at Dawes Elementary School at 3810 W. 81st Place on the Southwest Side, Monday morning, Jan. 11, 2021. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times / Pool)


Illinois Physicians Rate COVID-19 Risk for Kids’ Daily Activities

Playing sports. Hugging family and friends. Going to school or the doctor's office. What’s the risk of COVID-19 exposure for each of these activities among children who aren’t yet eligible for the vaccine? More than 100 physicians weigh in as part of a new survey.

Princess Diana visits Leicester. Photo: PA Images / ALAMY Stock Photo


What to Watch in August

A look at the myth-filled life of Princess Diana, two documentaries marking the approaching twentieth anniversary of 9/11, a marathon mystery, and more.

Professor T. Photo: Sofie Gheysens

Recap & Stream

More Professor T

Professor T is characteristically blunt with the parents of a child who has been kidnapped, but quickly understands the complexity of the situation. 

Meet Imani, which means faith in Swahili. (Courtesy of Judy Cheske)

Science & Nature

Chicago’s 2 Surviving Plover Chicks — Imani and Siewka — Prepare to Fly the Coop

The newest members of Chicago’s growing piping plover family have names. Meet Siewka (pronounced Shivka), which is the Polish word for “plover,” and Imani, the word for “faith” in Swahili.

Boy with Fruit Leather

For parents

Make Your Own Fruit Leather for an Easy Snack

Did you buy more fruit than you can eat before it spoils? Don’t throw it out! You can make all-natural fruit leather. You only need two ingredients, and they can help extend the edible life of the fruit in your fridge. Just like Nature Cat, you and your child can help stop food waste and turn ripe strawberries into these delicious fruit leather snacks. 

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