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Got a Few Days Free This Summer? Check Out These Illinois Destinations

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Memorial Day has come and gone and the summer season is officially underway. As the temperatures rise, you may be planning out the calendar for the next three months before autumn makes a return.

Zoos & Aquariums and Their Visitors Can Be Critical Advocates for Conservation Action

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you have visited a zoo or aquarium in recent years, there's a good chance that you've noticed something new. In addition to providing up-close encounters with some of the planet's most magnificent species, today's zoological parks are placing a growing emphasis on conservation.

This Adorable Newborn Seal Pup. We Can't Even.

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

A Chicago-area zoo on Friday announced the arrival of their first newborn of the new year. A grey seal pup was born to 10-year-old mother Lily at B...

LOOK: Brookfield Zoo Welcomes New Baby Gorilla

Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago-area Brookfield Zoo this week welcomed an adorable new addition to their family. A female western lowland gorilla was born early Monday...

Brookfield Zoo Shuttering Iconic Exhibit

Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago-area Brookfield Zoo announced Friday it has closed its iconic Baboon Island. According to the zoo, the exhibit debuted as Monkey Island...

LOOK: Zoo Introduces Adorable New Snow Leopard Cub

Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo on Friday announced the arrival of a male snow leopard cub. The yet-to-be-named cub was born to his 3-year-old parents, Sarani a...

Zoo's Newborn Dolphin Dies Just 6 Days After Birth

Posted 08.09.2013 | Chicago

Less than a week after the Brookfield Zoo's new bottlenose dolphin was born, the calf has died. The female calf, born at the Chicago-area zoo on Au...

PHOTOS: Dolphin Born At Brookfield Zoo

Posted 08.07.2013 | Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo late last week welcomed a newborn bottlenose dolphin to their midst. Born to 26-year-old Allie, the 40-pound, 3-foot-long female...

WATCH: Brookfield Zoo's New Baby Giraffe Takes First Steps

Posted 07.03.2013 | Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo's latest baby — a male giraffe — took his first steps soon after his June 21 birth and on Tuesday, the 173-pound calf made his ...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo's Newest Adorable Arrival

Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

The pitter patter of little hooves can now be heard at the Chicago-area Brookfield Zoo thanks to the arrival of an addax antelope calf. The zoo ann...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo Announces Trio Of Dolphins Are Expecting

Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Another baby boom is about to hit Brookfield Zoo. On Monday, the Chicago-area zoo revealed three of its bottlenose dolphins are pregnant. Acco...

PHOTOS: Sloth Bear Cubs Make Debut At Brookfield Zoo

Posted 05.08.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago-area Brookfield Zoo on Wednesday announced the birth of its first successful litter of sloth bears. According to a news release, 10-yea...

Brookfield Zoo Reopens After Closing For Only 3rd Time Ever

Posted 04.20.2013 | Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo reopened its doors on Saturday after closing for only the third time ever due to massive flooding. The zoo announced Friday that...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo's Giraffes Frolic & Play In Warmer Weather

Posted 04.17.2013 | Chicago

The giraffes at Brookfield Zoo took advantage of warmer spring-like temperatures on Monday and made their outdoor debut of the year, an annual rite of...

PHOTOS: New Zoo Baby Is The Ugly-Cutest Thing Ever

Posted 03.21.2013 | Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo earlier this month welcomed a newborn monkey who bears a bit of a resemblance to a certain Hollywood legend. Arguably one of the...

PHOTOS: Kangaroo Joeys Make Adorable Zoo Debut

Posted 01.11.2013 | Chicago

The newest crop of baby zoo animals for 2013 made their debut at Brookfield Zoo, with a pair of 10 and 11-month old kangaroo joeys. Thursday, the C...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo Debuts Most Adorable Baby Giraffe

Posted 11.21.2012 | Chicago

In what appears to be an arms race of cuteness, the Brookfield Zoo announced the birth of male giraffe calf less than two days after the Lincoln Park ...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo Welcomes Orphaned Wombats

Posted 08.02.2012 | Chicago

The arrival of Brookfield Zoo's newest foster animals means a lot to the species. On July 11, a male and female southern hairy-nosed wombat orphane...

Soldier's Reunion With Kids Has Hugs, Tears... And Dolphins?

Posted 06.28.2012 | Chicago

An excursion to the Brookfield Zoo was made extra-special for two visitors Wednesday when a surprise guest appeared during one of the zoo's daily dolp...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo Welcomes Adorable New Baby

Posted 05.24.2012 | Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo family got a little bigger this month--and will get a lot bigger as their newest addition grows. The Chicago-area zoo welcomed a...

Popular Lincoln Park Zoo Resident Heads To The 'Burbs

Posted 04.11.2012 | Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo's loss is the Brookfield Zoo's gain as JoJo, a 31-year-old silverback gorilla, is due to say goodbye to his longtime Chicago home and...

PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo's Adorable New Addition

Posted 03.28.2012 | Chicago

Brookfield Zoo welcomed an adorable new addition this week: a 6-week-old male, black-footed cat born on Valentine's Day. Black-footed cats, the sma...

Weekend Plans: Tailgates, Terror & Roller Derby

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

There's a whole 'nother week before Halloween, people, but Chicago can't seem to contain its excitement. If you haven't put the finishing touches on y...

Brookfield Dolphin Dies In 'Freak Accident'

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

One of the most recent additions to the crew of performing dolphins at the Chicago area's Brookfield Zoo, 4-year-old Nea, died Monday following an app...

Zoo Animals Stay Cool, Roosters Evade Capture & Squirrel Hunting Gone Wrong

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 09.19.2011 | Chicago

With the temperatures rising to oven-like heights these days, it can be easy to forget that us human types are not the only ones having to deal with t...