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Doctors Expecting Boom Of “Polar Vortex Babies”

Obstetricians and hospitals across Illinois were expecting a bit of a baby boom in the next couple months, all thanks to the infamous polar vortex this past winter.

08/12/2014

Harsh winter weather killed most of the bushes at Water Tower Park. City officials plan to replace them after finishing a capital improvement project underground. (Credit: Steve Miller/CBS)

Harsh Winter Killed Bushes At Water Tower Park

If you’ve been out along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile lately, you might have noticed that the bushes in the city’s most historic park are more brown than green.

07/18/2014

The 606 trail and park

Opening Delayed For The 606 Trail Due To Brutal Winter

A much-anticipated new park and bike trail from Humboldt Park to Wicker Park won’t be completed until next year, after the bitter winter weather hampered construction efforts.

06/20/2014

Gas pump

Chicago’s Average Gas Price Climbs Above $4 Per Gallon

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com said lingering effects of the harsh winter were to blame for the recent spike in gas prices.

04/07/2014

Road Salt

Cook County Loaned Out More Than 1,400 Tons Of Salt During Brutal Winter

The county loaned out 1,339 tons, about 2.8 percent of its salt supply this winter, according to Frank Shuftan, spokesman for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

03/31/2014

Wendella tour boat "Lila" floats along the Chicago River on Friday, for its maiden voyage of 2014, two weeks later than normal due to the harsh winter. (Credit: CBS)

Two Weeks Late, Wendella Boat Tours Cruising River Again

The Windy City’s aquatic sign of spring, Wendella tour boats and water taxis, finally made it down the Chicago River for the first time this year, stalled for two weeks by thick ice in the harbor at Dolton.

03/28/2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compiled a slideshow of images from its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, showing the progression of winter storms and snow coverage from Jan. 1 to March 24, 2014, when much of the country was enduring a brutal winter. (Credit: NOAA/GOES)

Brutal Winter Seen From Space

Even from miles above the Earth’s surface, it was clear this winter was one of the most severe we’ve ever experienced, and not just for Chicago.

03/28/2014

Commuters wait on a snow-covered platform for an L train in the Wicker Park neighborhood on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About six inches of snow fell on the city overnight marking the 34th day of measurable snow this season, well above the 18-day average. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harsh Winter Takes A Toll On CTA, Pace Budgets

The polar vortex has blown a hole in the CTA and Pace budgets, but neither agency is pushing the panic button yet.

03/17/2014

Soccer balls sit on a snowy field. (File Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Long Winter Putting A Damper On Start Of Spring Sports

As if there weren’t enough of a reason to be upset with this long, brutal winter; the continuing cold weather has proved a big downer for kids looking forward to the start of spring sports like baseball, softball, track and field, lacrosse, tennis, and soccer.

03/13/2014

Officials at Homewood-Flossmoor High School brought in a generator to keep the refrigerators and freezers running, and keep food from spoiling, after a winter storm knocked out power on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Another Snow Day For Many Schools, Thanks To Power Outages

More than 1,000 students from Orland Junior High School and High Point Elementary School were among those getting an extra snow day on Wednesday.

03/12/2014

Courtney Franko sent this photo of a snow-encrusted CTA bus stop on her morning commute. (Credit: Courtney Franko)

Snow Totals – March 12, 2014

This winter officially became the 3rd snowiest on record for Chicago on Wednesday, when 3.6 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, bringing the season’s total to 79.1 inches.

03/12/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow clears streets early Wednesday, as a late winter storm dumps more than 5 inches of snow in parts of the city. (Credit: CBS)

Late Winter Storm Makes This 3rd Snowiest Winter Ever For Chicago

This winter moved up another notch on the list of snowiest winters in Chicago overnight, when more than 3 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, making the total snowfall this winter the third most on record.

03/12/2014

A Downers Grove resident shovels his stairs on March 6, 2013, the morning after a winter storm dropped 9.5 inches of snow on the suburb. (Credit: CBS)

Calculate How Many Pounds Of Snow You Shoveled

Chicago Tribune reporter Matthew Walberg did some math and came up with a simple formula.

03/10/2014

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Harsh Winter Weather A Mixed Blessing When It Comes To Allergies

The frigid, snowy winter might help delay allergy season this spring, but mold and pollen problems could be worse than usual once allergy season is underway.

03/10/2014

With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees steam rises from Lake Michigan January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.   (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Music Students Plan Singing Protest Against Winter

They say if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, just wait. The kids at a Skokie music school are tired of waiting, and have planned a street protest over the seemingly endless winter.

03/05/2014

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New Snowfall Could Make This Winter 3rd Snowiest Ever

Flurries began falling early Wednesday, making streets slick, and covering sidewalks with a light dusting of snow for the morning commute.

03/05/2014

Ice forms along the shore of Lake Michigan as temperatures hovered around -10 degrees on January 28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2014 Winter Has Most Days At Zero Or Below In History

The unrelenting, bitter winter of 2013-14 is by one measure the coldest season in the history of Chicago.

03/04/2014

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Bald Eagles Flock To Illinois And Iowa To Find Food This Winter

When you think of birds flying south in winter, you probably don’t think they’re headed to Chicago, but if you’ve spotted any bald eagles in Illinois lately, you know different.

02/28/2014

Cold Thermometer

Brutally Cold Winter Does Have Silver Lining

Believe it or not, this wild winter weather does have some benefits.

02/27/2014

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Frozen Pipe Complaints Skyrocket Amid Frigid Winter

Water Department crews have been working around the clock in Chicago to keep up with frozen and broken water lines, thanks to a brutal winter that has kept complaints flowing, if little else.

02/27/2014

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