A rendering of the proposed new stadium for the Chicago Bears on a redesigned Museum Campus. (Credit: Chicago Bears)
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While financing for the Chicago Bears’ proposed new lakefront stadium remains in doubt, opponents of the plan have sent an unequivocal “hands off” message regarding any use of lakefront property for private interests.

Brood XIX periodical cicada. (Alabama Extension / Flickr Creative Commons)

If you wouldn’t eat a vegetable grown in that soil, don’t eat a cicada.

Cicada sculptures, this one in Winnemac Park on the North Side, are as close as many Chicagoans are going to get to the real thing. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Some of the early “They’re here!” excitement has definitely given way to “Wait, they’re staying for how long?” At the opposite end of the spectrum, Chicagoans are wondering why they got left out of the great 2024 emergence.

Somewhere in the bubble bath is a spittlebug nymph, which farts out foam as a protective cocoon. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The tiny critters are almost impossible to spot, but you can’t miss their bubbles.

Imani at Montrose Beach, April 2023. (Matthew Dolkart)

Chicago’s own Imani has been joined by at least two other plovers, one believed to be a female. Let the mating games begin.

Landscapers from Touch of Life Lawn Care work on an Evanston lawn with electric leaf blowers on April 23, 2024. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)
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Since April 1, 2023, the landscaping community in Evanston has been tasked with making a drastic change for climate and noise concerns: switching from gas- or propane-powered leaf blowers to electric. But not all landscapers are feeling pressure from the ban. The largest landscaper in Evanston also filed the most complaints against fellow landscapers. 

Turtles basking at a Lincoln Park pond. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

May 23 is World Turtle Day. Sure, it’s a fake holiday, but it’s a good reason to take a closer look at the many species that make their home in northern Illinois.

A graphic that says "The Return of the Cicadas." (WTTW News)

In case you haven’t heard, the cicadas are coming, and things are about to get loud. WTTW News explains.

Brood XIII periodical cicada, photographed May 19, 2024, in Illinois. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Periodical cicadas use trees’ lifecycles to “count” years. But when trees get duped by climate change, so do the insects. Could it lead to new broods?

The interior of the Illinois Capitol is pictured in Springfield. (Andrew Adams / Capitol News Illinois)
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Carbon capture and sequestration technology is used to take carbon dioxide — a powerful greenhouse gas — and move it through pipelines before storing it deep underground. Several groups are pushing for a bill that would regulate the emerging technology at the same time some companies are pitching pipeline projects to state regulators.

FILE - This is a portion of the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, Pa., shown on Dec. 11, 2023, in Aliquippa, Pa. (Gene J Puskar / AP Photo, File)

Attempts by private groups or individuals to get into a water provider’s network and take down or deface websites aren’t new. More recently, however, attackers haven’t just gone after websites, they’ve targeted utilities’ operations instead.

A cicada specimen. (USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced its plan to host a cicada-themed art show during the Illinois State Fair and is seeking entries from the public, looking for interpretations of cicadas or broods.

Brood XIII periodical cicadas seen in Bemis Woods Forest Preserve; May 19, 2024. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The massive emergence of 17-year cicadas has started in Chicago and the surrounding region. Here's what to look for next.

Cicadas mating. (AFPMB / Flickr Creative Commons Public Domain)

In 2024, Illinois can’t be beat for periodical cicadas. Here’s everything you need to know about these fascinating creatures, and what to expect between now and July.

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick. (CDC via AP, File)

Another mild winter and other favorable factors likely means the 2024 tick population will be equal to last year or larger, some researchers say.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s video has humans act out periodical cicadas’ lifecycle. (Screenshot)

“Nature education is a big part of what we do here, but you gotta find a way to make it interesting so that people actually watch it,” said Jonathan Mullen, part of the team behind the viral video.