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When Chicago incorporated as a city in 1837, it was given the motto "Urbs in Horto," which means "City in a Garden." Thankfully, despite the incredible pace of development and threats to our ecosystems, the garden spirit thrives today. Use this site to find resources for enjoying and preserving the city's natural areas, parks, waterways, and Lake Michigan.
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How Can I View the Chicago Radar Image of the Chicago Area Weather?
View the weather directly. Find the National Weather Service Chicago radar image and the central states radar image and see for yourself what the clouds have in store.

McFetridge Park Indoor Ice Skating Rink
Find the hours, times, location, and more for indoor ice skating at McFetridge Park rink in Chicago.

Chicago Weather - Average Monthly Temperatures
Find the average monthly temperatures for Chicago, Illinois according to the National

The Official Chicago Weather Complaint Center - Where You Can Send Yo…
Tired of Chicago weather? Too hot? Too dreary? Too freezing? Too smeary? Then, you've found the right place to complain. Leave your complaint here. In return, we offer you commiseration and a lovely complaint response letter.

Chicago Weather Complaint Center - Official Response Letter
Read the official complaint response letter of the Chicago Weather Complaint Center. Because we really, really care.

Lincoln Park Conservatory
Find the location, hours, features, and more for the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago, IL.

Millennium Park Chicago - Fast Facts
Find the location, hours, main attractions and other essential information for Millennium Park in Chicago.

South Shore Cultural Center Photos
See photos of the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. The South Shore Cultural Center is where Barack Obama and Michelle Obama held their wedding reception.

South Shore Cultural Center Profile
Find the location, hours, history, and more for the Chicago Park District's South Shore Cultural Center. It was formerly known as the South Shore Country Club.

Grant Park Profile
Find the location, map, history and features of Chicago's renowned Grant Park.

Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago's West Side Conservatory
Learn more about Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the oldest conservatories in the country.

Chicago, IL Weather - Forecasts and Essentials
Find Chicago, Illinois current weather conditions and forecasts, storm watches and warnings, emergency school closings, and delays at O'Hare and Midway airports with these essential links.

Photo Tour of Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Chicago, IL
See photos of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago, IL, which was designed by the landscape architect and built between 1936 and 1938.

Chicago's Top Beaches
Find some of Chicago's best beaches for views of Chicago, hanging with your dog, and great sporting with this guide.

City of Chicago Department of the Environment Home Page
This is the city's official site coordinating many of the Mayor's green initiatives. Find green roof programs, recycling centers, tips for green living, Chicago environmental codes, and more.

Alliance for the Great Lakes Home Page
Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to protecting Lake Michigan and all the great lakes. Find lake events, Great Lakes education, special publications, volunteering opportunities, policy initiatives, and more.

Chicago Botanic Garden
A 385-acre garden and horticultural center located in the northern suburb of Glencoe. It features 23 display gardens and 3 native habitats, family events, educational center, wi-fi enabled cafe, shop, and more.

Chicago Park District Home Page
Find a park facility, register for a class, apply for a permit, and browse special events on the park district's thorough site.

Chicago Nature Areas Directory
The City of Chicago's official map of natural areas throughout the city. Find a comprehensive map as well as individual site maps for parks, bird sanctuaries, area lagoons, and more.

Chicago River Resource Page
The city of Chicago's official resource page for the Chicago River. Find information on restoration, planning documents and guidelines, history, storm water management, and more.

Chicago Wilderness Home Page
An alliance of more than 200 public and private organizations committed to protecting, enhancing, and enjoying Chicago's natural areas.

Friends of the Chicago River Home Page
A non-profit dedicated to preserving, restoring, protecting, and enjoying the Chicago River. Find canoe trips, classes, special river events, action plans, and more.

Friends of the Parks Home Page
A non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing Chicago's park system. Get resources to build a park, learn about park events, help advocate for your local park, and more.

Lake Michigan Facts & Figures
Basic facts about the size, depth, surface area, and history of Lake Michigan from the Great Lakes Information Network.

Millennium Park
Millennium Park is one part park and many parts attractions. Find resources to explore and enjoy the newest Chicago jewel at its official site.

Your Guide to the Chicago Botanic Garden
Your guide to the Chicago Botanic Garden, including free events, admission, directions, garden displays, and more. The Chicago Botanic Garden is considered one of the best of its kinds in the United States.

Your Guide to the Chicago Botanic Garden
Your guide to the Chicago Botanic Garden, including free events, admission, directions, garden displays, and more. The Chicago Botanic Garden is considered one of the best of its kinds in the United States.

Chicago's Outdoor Parks and Gardens
Take a walk outside and discover Chicago's best outdoor parks and gardens.

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