WBEZ | Jennifer Brandel http://www.wbez.org/tags/jennifer-brandel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Preparing for Chicago's first major snowfall of the season http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-12/preparing-chicagos-first-major-snowfall-season-95491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/kr_news_020411_chisnow_header.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Illinois residents said they were happy to see flakes Thursday as a winter storm dropped the first significant snowfall of the season on the state.</p><p>The abrupt shift in weather came a day after Rockford recorded a record high temperature of 57 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's preliminary temperature figures. Thursday was a different story with the forecast calling for several inches of snow throughout the state.</p><p>Mike Norman, 44, of Evanston, said he was looking forward to the challenge of running in the snow.</p><p>"It's one of my favorite times of year to run. It's clean. It's crisp. It's quiet," Norman said. "It's fun to put footsteps in the fresh snow."</p><p>He co-founded Chicago Endurance Sports, which offers a Winter Warriors program to help runners stay committed to their training and teach them about the right gear for winter. But so far this season, the Winter Warriors haven't had a chance to do battle with the weather.</p><p>"We had people out last night running in shorts," Norman said Thursday, a day after temperatures reached above 50 degrees.</p><p>The staff at Snowstar Winter Sports Park in northwest Illinois anticipates a big weekend. Teresa Kolls of Snowstar said the park makes its own snow, but the park got a late start, opening its ski runs the day after Christmas. Kolls said the snowfall will fill in the trails between the ski runs, turning the park into a "winter wonderland" and bringing out crowds.</p><p>"This is the first real snowfall we've had. It definitely helps us," Kolls said.</p><p>Cook County's forest preserves are offering sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at a number of locations.</p><p>As Chicagoans prepared for their <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-braces-seasons-first-snowstorm-95481" target="_blank">first significant snowfall of 2012</a>, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to pass along some information that might help get Chicagoans ready.</p><p>WBEZ reporter Jennifer Brandel, <em>Worldview</em> host Jerome McDonnell, WBEZ's Richard Steele joined the show to offer their advice to survive the season's first winter storm.</p></p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-12/preparing-chicagos-first-major-snowfall-season-95491 Postcard: Chicago's dog beach http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-06-15/postcard-chicagos-dog-beach-88151 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/one happy pup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Great Lakes shoreline is quite the site to see. In the summer, sailors, volleyball players and sun worshippers all flock to the beaches of Lake Michigan to shake off the Midwest winter. But perhaps no one enjoys the sand and surf as much as the city’s cooped-up canines.&nbsp;</p><p>For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a>, WBEZ's regional series on water, WBEZ's <a href="http://jennyanything.com/home.html" target="_blank">Jennifer Brandel</a> provided an audio postcard.</p><p>Over the next several weeks the series will be examining critical issues centered on water, and exploring ways the lakes are part our lives.</p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-06-15/postcard-chicagos-dog-beach-88151