Chicago’s Friday Morning Swim Club Is Worth Diving Into

Kick off your summertime weekends by jumping into Lake Michigan with hundreds of strangers


An Unbeatable Scientific Field Trip Is Just an Hour Outside Chicago

Here are five ways to experience Fermilab, the nation’s premier particle physics and accelerator laboratory


Kyle Lybarger Wants to Save the Planet (And Kill Your Lawn)

There might be invasive species hiding in your garden: here's how to get rid of them


Enjoy Your Next Happy Hour on a Boat That Sailed Around the World

This Maryland tech entrepreneur made a big pivot — and now he’s skippering crabbing trips and sunset sails


Cook County’s Got a Brand New Flag, Designed by a High School Student

There's a reason this flag has six seven-pointed stars, while Chicago's has four six-pointed stars (it all checks out)


As “A League of Their Own” Turns 30, Revisiting Chicago’s Key Role in the All-American Sports Story

Plus: The All-Am league you never heard of — the one where players could wear shorts, not skirts


Where to Celebrate Polish Culture in Chicago

The city is better because of this hugely influential community — here’s how to celebrate it


5 Alternatives for Arlington Park, In Case the Bears Don’t Bite

What happens to the for-sale racetrack if the Bears don’t follow through on their Arlington Park deal?


Chicago’s Biggest TikTok Sensation Is a Dad Who Works for the Electric Company

Sherman "Dilla" Thomas's history lessons on Chicagoland are attracting eyeballs from everyone — including Netflix

Home & Design

How to Turn the Dead Tree in Your Yard Into a Wooden Heirloom

Chicago's Wood Urban Design won't just remove your tree. They'll help you convert it into a literal treasure.