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Why Your Winter Plans Should Include a Walk on the Beach

Tom Gill | Posted 12.10.2014 | Travel
Tom Gill

When most people think of beaches, they visualize the tropics--white sand, warm water, and crowds of sunbathers. My view, however, is contrary. I enjoy exploring The Great Lakes beaches in winter, when temperatures fall well below freezing. Don't get me wrong, I love tropical beaches and warm weather. But to me, a frozen shoreline offers so much more than the typical tropical beach.

Photographing the Frozen Lighthouse

Tom Gill | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Tom Gill

In fact, in late November of this year, an early arctic weather pattern turned the Midwest cold and windy - the perfect ingredients for iced lighthouses on the Great Lakes. When I arrived at the lighthouse, my expectations were correct. This was the earliest I can remember, where the outer lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan was completely covered in ice. As a rule, mid to late December is the typical time for icing -cold, windy, and the lake is still liquid. Any later, and Lake Michigan tends to freeze over, and the splashing and spray are suppressed, so the lighthouses don't ice up.

Photographer Captures Stunning Photos Of Frozen Lighthouse As Winter Approaches

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green

Winter has definitely arrived in the Great Lakes region, dumping dangerous amounts of snow on western New York, but bringing some beauty as well. On t...

America's Last Coal-Fired Ship Finally Stops Dumping Coal Ash Into Lake Michigan

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green

The 2014 season for Lake Michigan's only coal-powered passenger and car ferry comes to a close Sunday, signaling the end of the controversial practice...

From the Fishing Boat to the Classroom

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

When it comes to teaching, there are two sides: the part that we sign up for (engagement, relationships, imparting wisdom, etc.) and the "necessary evils" (lesson planning, grading, meetings, supervision, etc.) that we can all do without.

Route 66 Here We Come!

Mary Anne Erickson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Erickson

When I started this fundraising effort, I had no idea I would be devoting the ride and my desire for a cure to Claudia -- but now I feel a tremendous desire to help eradicate this horrible disease.

10 Beaches That Will Make You Want To Visit The Great Lakes Immediately

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel

Here's a problem we love to have: too many stunning beaches to choose from. That's the constant conundrum with the Great Lakes

Nasty: Another Chicago River Re-Reversal Highlights Need for Climate Action

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

From 2007 through 2013, records show, the district released nearly 32 billion gallons of runoff and wastewater into the lake. By contrast, 12 billion gallons poured out from 1985 through 2006, the year the Deep Tunnel sewer pipes were completed.

Windy City Happening: Dillo Day 2014 at Northwestern (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Northwestern University's Mayfest organization hosted its 42nd annual Dillo Day along the shores of Lake Michigan last week to an estimated crowd of over 9,000 attendees.

Gargantuan Fog Cloud Swallows Lake Michigan, Shows Mother Nature Means Business

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

In the movies, when a huge cloud of fog creeps closer and closer, it usually means the heroes should run. But when two fishermen saw the real-life ver...

'New Geological Phenomenon' May Have Been Found In Indiana

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green

Mysterious holes that were discovered at an Indiana sand dune last year -- and which nearly swallowed a child -- will keep a Lake Michigan park closed...

Nude Body May Have Lain Frozen On Beach For Months

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

Three bikers riding on a remote Lake Michigan beach never expected to come across a dead body -- so when they did, they weren't even sure that's what ...

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

BP's Lake Michigan Oil Spill: More Mess and Less Transparency From the Refinery Chicagoans Love to Hate

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The week of the Exxon Valdez disaster anniversary and a week after the Council of Canadians released a report highlighting the threat that tar sands oil imposes on the Great Lakes, BP did what it always does: crapped up Lake Michigan.

Kate Sheppard

The House Did Something Good For The Environment For A Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has finally broken its lengthy dry spell on granting wilderness protection to designated areas of the country. On Tuesday, t...

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Five Ways You Can Keep the Lakes Great

Roger Germann | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

This week we recognize National Invasive Species Awareness Week and with Lake Michigan in the Shedd Aquarium's backyard, protecting the Great Lakes is an issue that literally is near to our heart -- so what better time to get involved?

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

'Once In A Lifetime' Ice Caves Form At Lake Michigan

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel

If you trek to the Lake Michigan in the next couple weeks and hike along the frozen shore, you might find yourself standing on top of miles of spectac...

Invasive Species Attack Is An Opportunity For Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

If you are serious about stopping the movement of invasive species between North America's greatest freshwater systems via our town's rivers and canals, you have to build a physical barrier.

This Is An Amazing Use For Drones

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green

Lake Michigan might be more stunning in winter than any other season -- at least when seen from this remarkable angle. Jeff Zita, a student at Hop...

WATCH: These Aren't Rocks

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Goodness gracious, great balls of fire ice! As the so-called "polar vortex" slowly releases its frigid grip on the Midwest, it's leaving an odd sig...

Viral Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan Lighthouse Is Kind Of A Hoax

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

A stunning photograph of an ice-covered lighthouse on Lake Michigan spread like wildfire on Twitter Tuesday, as users wielded the snowy picture as pro...

Tar Sands' Next Frontier: Shipments on the Great Lakes

Steve Horn | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The Great Lakes, drinking water source for over 40 million North Americans, could be the next target on tar sands marketers' bullseye according to a major new report out by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Asian Carp DNA Found In Lake Michigan

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A water sample from Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for DNA from invasive Asian carp, alth...

Great Fish, Great Lakes: Celebrating National Seafood Month

Roger Germann | Posted 10.24.2013 | Green
Roger Germann

Sometimes, when we talk about sustainable seafood at Shedd, people wonder why we include the Great Lakes. After all, when people think about seafood, images of fishing boats along the Atlantic or Pacific coasts often come to mind.