Brookfield Zoo

Mark Gonka, a lead keeper for the Chicago Zoological Society offers a heart-shaped ice treat to Tapeko, one of Brookfield Zoo’s bottlenose dolphins, for Valentine’s Day... (Credit: Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society)

Best Places To Entertain Grandparents On A Budget In Chicago

Chicago can be a vibrant city for people of all ages. Make sure to make the most of what Chicago has to offer for the older generation by taking advantage of the many discounts and venues that cater towards seniors.

02/28/2013

Mark Gonka, a lead keeper for the Chicago Zoological Society offers a heart-shaped ice treat to Tapeko, one of Brookfield Zoo’s bottlenose dolphins, for Valentine’s Day... (Credit: Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society)

Heart-Shaped Treats For Animals At Brookfield Zoo

That’s right, the keepers at the Brookfield Zoo are, as it turns out, romantics at heart when it comes to the animals in their care. Many animals on Thursday received special heart-shaped treats to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

02/14/2013

Thani, a 3-year-old white-cheeked gibbon at Brookfield Zoo recently met Kekasih, a 4-year-old orangutan, while exploring more of the zoo’s Tropic World Asia exhibit. (Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society)

Primate Pals — Gibbon And Orangutan — Meet, Hang At Brookfield Zoo

Recently, a young and agile white-cheeked gibbon named Thani found his way into an area of the Tropic World Asia exhibit where orangutans reside. There, he met Kekasih, a 4-year-old orangutan, and the two have hit it off.

01/25/2013

Adamczyk, of the 1600 block of Oregon Street in Rockford, had been paroled to a halfway house on the 1300 block of East 71st Place in Chicago. (Credit: Riverside Police)

Man With History Of Sex-Related Crimes Arrested At Boys’ Swim Meet

The man told police that when he walked by Riverside Brookfield High School, he received a brainwave message from recording artist Justin Bieber telling him to go to the school to see the kids there.

01/13/2013

Winter WonderFest

Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Parties In Chicago

New Year’s doesn’t necessarily strike people as being a family-friendly holiday in Chicago. However, there are many kid-friendly events that are perfect for youth of all ages.

12/28/2012

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Best Alternatives To Trick-Or-Treating In Your Neighborhood

If you are looking for a different way for your child to enjoy Halloween, Chicago provides plenty of events that you can use as an alternative to trick-or-treating.

10/19/2012

Handicapped Parking

Elderly Woman’s Missing Handicapped Placard Found, Man Charged With Unlawful Use

It’s been more than two years since a 73-year-old Chicago woman lost her handicapped parking placard. But police say they found it over the weekend, in a car belonging to a healthy, 35-year-old man.

09/18/2012

The CBS Buzz Bus hit Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday. (CBS)

CBS Network Hits Chicagoland In The ‘Buzz Bus’

CBS is hitting the road on a cross country trip to thank viewers for making us the No. 1 network in the nation.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2012

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Best Spots For Summer Playdates in Chicago

If your playgroup’s usual location is feeling “played out” with summer well underway, now is the perfect time to get creative with new locations. Whether it’s exploring nature, unwinding in a café, getting hands-on with history or seeing animals up close, the Chicagoland area offers a variety of museums, zoos and parks that can make the dog days of summer more enjoyable. Pack a lunch, grab your sunscreen and get ready to have fun with your playgroup in a new meetup destination.

07/20/2012

Animals At In The Brookfield Zoo Try To Beat The Summer Heat

Brookfield Zoo Brings In Ice Blocks As Polar Bears Face Tropical Weather

Animals at the Brookfield Zoo are getting a little help with staying cool.

WBBM Newsradio–06/28/2012

Army Sgt. Keith Howse surprised his daughters Jorja and Nataja at a dolphin show at Brookfield Zoo on Thursday, after returning from Afghanistan. Their mother, Aja Moores, had been planning the surprise reunion for a week and a half. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier’s Girls Get Surprise Reunion With Dad At Brookfield Zoo

There was a big surprise on Wednesday for two little girls at Brookfield Zoo and everybody at a dolphin show got to share it with them.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2012

JoJo, 32 (right) and Kamba, 8, western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo. (Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

Lincoln Park Native JoJo Settles Among Gorillas At Brookfield Zoo

A gorilla named JoJo has traded the north lakefront for the southwest suburbs, as he takes over the leadership and breeding roles at Brookfield Zoo.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2012

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Survivor Casting Call Announced

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate “Survivor”?

06/25/2012

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Guide To Brookfield Zoo

There was no other place I wanted to go to more as a kid than the Brookfield Zoo. In fact, blowing out the candles on my birthday cake involved wishing for my mom to take me to the zoo. That’s before I got smart and starting wishing for a dog. Over the past couple of years the zoo has started implementing a lot of new exhibits and homes for the animals. The best part of the zoo is that you’ll never see the same thing twice. The animals are always up to something.

06/04/2012

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Earth Day With The Kids

The last two weekends in April promise to be green in the Chicagoland in so many ways with trees budding and unfurling their leaves and both Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in full swing around the city and suburbs. Mark your calendars for Earth Day Sunday, April 22, and Arbor Day Friday, April 27, and take a peak below to plan out how to celebrate our great Earth with the kiddos while teaching them ways to be good stewards of our precious resources.

04/18/2012

Black Footed Cat

Black-Footed Cat Born, Hand-Reared At Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo announced this week that a black-footed cat has been born at the zoo for the first time ver.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

An new baby Aardvark with mother, Jessi. (Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

Baby Aardvark Growing Up At Brookfield Zoo

A baby aardvark is the newest resident of Brookfield Zoo.

CBS Chicago–02/22/2012

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 26th, 2011: Hundreds of people congregate in Millennium Park for the winter to enjoy a family night of ice skating.  The ice rink is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March with weather permitting.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Free & Cheap Winter Break Activities In Chicago

You could spend a small fortune going to a movie or sending the kids to day camp, but we’ve compiled a list of free, inexpensive and exciting activities to take you through the weekend. Be sure to double check the website for what’s included. You may still need to pay for special activities or parking. So pack up the kids and pack a lunch and have a great winter break.

02/17/2012

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Guide To Groundhog Day

Since 1993, the Groundhog Day holiday has enjoyed renewed interest due to the namesake cult film starring the very excellent Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors. While Punxsatawney, PA gets most the national attention on the day itself, the actual location of the filming of Groundhog Day is our very own Woodstock, IL. Murray was the star, but the town itself plays a major role…

01/31/2012

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Super Suave Winter Date Guide

I want you to know, a lot has changed since my last date guide. I’m not the amateurish schmuck I was when I wrote that dating guide. I’m a totally new schmuck. I am more mature and ready to tell you about some of the best winter date spots that exist in this fine city.

12/15/2011

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