With high temperatures in the forecast, city officials issued a reminder to landlords about new air conditioning requirements, put in place in 2022 after three women died in a Rogers Park senior living facility.
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With $21M Gift, Chicago Botanic Garden Will Accelerate Research to Help Save Plants at Risk of Extinction
A newly announced $21 million gift will help the Chicago Botanic Garden further its conservation and research projects, like the development of a studbook for plants.
For a bunch of hardened urbanites, Chicagoans sure do have a soft spot when it comes to animals.
It’s Summer in the City. Chicago Beaches Are Open, Here’s What To Know Before You Head to the Lakefront
Beach season will run through Sept. 4. The city’s pools are expected to open by June 23.
In a Win for Opponents, Army Corps Pulls Back on Pre-Construction Activity at Site of Proposed 25-Foot ‘Toxic Tower’
The Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to build a 25-foot-tall “toxic tower” on Lake Michigan has hit a speed bump.
Supreme Court Wetlands Decision Further Muddies Already Murky Environmental Area, Conservationists Say
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrows the Clean Water Act’s authority to regulate certain wetlands has met with disappointment, frustration and head-scratching among Great Lakes environmentalists.
Opponents Scrambling to Block Parking Meter-Style Deal Brewing in Springfield Over Proposed I-55 Expansion
Legislators and environmental activists alike say they were caught off guard by fast-tracked proposals that would pave the way for a private entity to own a piece of an expanded I-55.
Chicago has recorded less than half an inch of rain in May, leading to what climate experts call a flash drought.
Forest Preserve District officials presented a proposal to increase fines and to add a provision that would allow the district to collect restitution from people caught trashing the preserves.
Argonne National Laboratory’s Particle Accelerator Is a Crucial Tool for Researchers. It’s Getting an $815 Million Upgrade
Argonne National Laboratory has been at the cutting edge of molecular scale research for almost three decades. At the heart of that research is the Advanced Photon Source, a huge particle accelerator.
An apparent AI-generated photo went viral on social media Monday showing a fake explosion near the Pentagon. Officials confirmed that the image and accompanying reports were fake. Critics pointed to the as an example of the problems that come along with the promise of artificial intelligence technology.
Remember Olga the Walrus? How About Cookie the Cockatoo? Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Brookfield Zoo
The recent loss of Nakili, Brookfield Zoo’s 33-year-old eastern black rhinoceros, unexpectedly sent us on a trip down memory lane, revisiting some of the zoo’s most beloved residents.
The Great Lakes was named a global “Hope Spot,” joining the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and the Bering Sea as a place identified as critical to the health of the ocean.
Smoke from raging wildfires in western Canada has reached Chicago, creating hazy skies and making for redder sunrises and sunsets.
The death of even one turtle can have ripple effects on the larger population, forest preserve officials said. If a female is killed in a hit and run, her future progeny, which could number in the hundreds, are lost as well.
The tax was supposed to discourage the use of plastic bags. Instead, it’s turned into a cash cow for the city. Activists say it’s time to rethink the policy.