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Meeting attendees get a first look at the Iriving Schoolyard Project three phase plan presented at Wednesday night's community forum. (Bridget Doyle/TribLocal photo)

Irving School community seeks funds for improvements

A blacktop that currently sits behind Washington Irving Elementary School on the southeast side of Oak Park could soon become a sustainable and environmentally friendly … Read more ›

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Zoo’s giraffes kick up their heels in unseasonably warm weather

Just how warm has it been so far this month? In this video from the Brookfield Zoo’s YouTube channel, it proved warm enough for the … Read more ›

Experts identified the unusual hummingbird found in the backyard birdfeeder of Eric Gyllenhaal as a member of the Rufous species (Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune)

Lost hummingbird may have migrated for the winter

A hummingbird rarely seen in the Midwest that had taken up residence in an Oak Park yard may have flown south for the winter,  homeowner … Read more ›

Experts identified the unusual hummingbird found in the backyard birdfeeder of Eric Gyllenhaal as a member of the Rufous species (Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune).

Mild temps keep celebrity hummingbird, Opal, hanging around

The hummingbird recently identified as one rarely found in Illinois is still flitting around Eric Gyllenhaal’s Oak Park home – and a mild winter is … Read more ›

Bald Eagles roost in high trees here in Illinois at Starved Rock State Park.  Photo by Don Dziedzina
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Bald Eagles at Starved Rock

Have you ever been on a fishing trip in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan or Canada and got a glimpse of an American Bald Eagle flying … Read more ›

Experts identified the unusual hummingbird found in the backyard birdfeeder of Eric Gyllenhaal as a member of the Rufous species (Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune).

Scientists identify rare hummingbird in Oak Park yard

A mystery that puzzled Chicago-area birders was solved Friday morning when Field Museum scientists identified the unusual hummingbird living in an Oak Park yard as … Read more ›

Blotter: Teen girl arrested for battery, and more

The following items were taken from the Oak Park Police blotter on Dec. 9: Domestic battery A 16-year-old girl from Oak Park was arrested at … Read more ›

Beekeeping ban lifted in Oak Park

The recent buzz about beekeeping in Oak Park wrapped up this week when the board of trustees voted 6-1 to lift the ban on the … Read more ›

A hummingbird, probably a western species that lost its way on migration, flutters around the backyard birdfeeder of Oak Park resident Eric Gyllenhaal. An online and birding community debate ensues on the exact species identification. (Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune)

Nobody seems to know species of so-called lost bird

For seven years, the Gyllenhaals have traveled the Chicago area spotting rare birds that happen to land here. But they may have made their greatest … Read more ›

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Pumpkins for the animals at Brookfield Zoo

Pumpkins: They’re not just for pies anymore. In this video from the Brookfield Zoo’s YouTube channel, an array of animals plays with and chows down … Read more ›