Plenty of men are memorialized in stone and bronze in Chicago’s parks: Explorer Leif Ericson, president George Washington, former Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld, even Greene Vardiman Black. Not familiar with him? He’s the "father of modern dentistry." Chicago’s public spaces do have statues of female figures — nymphs, goddesses, and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz to name a few — but you won’t find a single statue or bust of a historically significant woman in any of the city’s 580 parks.
Journalist David Epstein's new book explores the relationship between heredity and athleticism. He explains what he discovered while writing the book. The Chicago Park District offers advice on how to lose that extra holiday weight. And, the music of Rob Clearfield.
Nearby residents are livid over the Park District’s plan to close the zoo in Indian Boundary Park on the far North Side. They say the district has chronically underfunded the public asset that made their neighborhood unique.
Though the city of Chicago was built from a swamp, wetland remnants remain only in its most remote corners. Hegewisch Marsh is a prime example of a hemi-marsh, a mix of open water and stands of vegetation. A solar-powered pump could revive this refuge for rare birds and frogs.