For well over a century, Chicago-area residents have been drawn to the wilderness as a refuge from stressful city life. Now, there’s a new destination for those who crave outdoor adventures: Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Its 11,000 acres evoke a sense of beauty and grandeur. ...

Keeping young minds active is extremely important, especially when they’re outside the classroom. We found a few helpful ways to  keep the kids active wherever they are this season. ...

It's true this summer is turning out a little differently than we'd hoped, but that's no reason not to have some fun. Regardless of whether you're playing it safe, roaming freely or feeling someplace in between we've found some exciting activities to offer a much-needed change of scenery. ...

A prolific collector of Rolls-Royce autos, Rodd Sala has found a true calling in these one-of-a-kind cars. ...

Bird watching, or birding, as the purists prefer to call it, is one of North America’s fastest growing and most popular hobbies. But many wild birds are in serious trouble due to climate change. Will they go the way of their ancestors, the dinosaurs, and disappear? Jon McGinty speaks to experts about the prospect. ...

These 10 Black artists and achievers have played an important role in our regional and national history. ...

Photographer Brad Nordlof tours the world in search of natural beauty. His recent trip to Iceland reveals a terrain filled with surreal beauty. ...

This in between season is what we make of it, and we’re determined to make the most of every day. From outdoors events to indoors fun, we found a scattering of adventure that’s sure to kick that cabin fever to the proverbial curb. ...