Wed 12 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Sears Tower now goes by a new name, but there is another Sears Tower that exists in Chicago's history.
Tue 11 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTThree years ago Chicago's famous Pump Room closed. At least that's what everyone thought. Now here it is again open to a thirsty public. It might not be as glitzy as it once was but it's still that same old historic watering hole.
Wed 05 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTIt takes a very quiet studio for Thomas Allen Pauly to paint the excitement of thoroughbred racing.
Tue 04 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTFresh leaves and twigs -- Brookfield Zoo calls it ''browse.'' The animals call it delicious.
Wed 28 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTThere has been so much rain the past several days, it seems almost all outdoor activity has been eliminated. But there is something going on in Lake Michigan near Navy Pier.
Tue 27 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTNeed an old saddle for a new horse? You might just find it at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers this weekend.
Wed 21 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTSix-and-a-half tons of tumbling satellite is heading for Earth -- but before you scream ''The sky is falling! The sky is falling!'' -- relax!
Tue 20 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTChicago architect Jeanne Gang will get $500,000 with no strings attached for being selected for a John D. MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
Tue 30 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTSome moving photos from the Sept. 11 terror attacks are on exhibit for the very first time at Chicago's Field Museum.
Wed 24 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTAbout 85 soldiers in the Hobart Army Reserve returned home Wednesday after a year in Afghanistan.
Tue 23 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTSoldier Field welcomed some special athletes Tuesday morning as the Valor Games Midwest kicked off its three-day event.
Wed 17 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTIt may be hard times these days, but the Rosemont convention center has never been so flush with cold, hard cash.
Tue 16 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTA part of Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood is being restored to its former natural beauty.
Wed 03 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTWhat would you give the president of the United States for his birthday as he prepares to battle for a second term? President Barack Obama turns 50 Thursday.
Tue 02 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTBirds of a feather flock together. And at Brookfield Zoo, birds not of a feather do as well. Two Indian peahens are standing in as surrogate moms for several Guineafowl chicks.
Tue 19 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTHow honest are you? Would you rather take something for free or make a donation? Many Chicagoans in Grant Park answered that question Tuesday at a booth set up by a Maryland company, Honest Tea. The company has 12 different flavors of organic tea and thirst quenchers on this second day of extreme heat.
Mon 18 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTHappy birthday, Maggie! Brookfield Zoo's Bornean orangutan turned 50 Monday.
Tue 12 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTSince 1875, thousands have tried and hundreds have succeeded in swimming the English Channel. A Chicago area man is about to dip his toes in the water.
Tue 05 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTAbout six months ago, ABC7 reported the birth of a baby gibbon at Lincoln Park Zoo. The gibbon is a small ape that loves to fly through trees.
Tue 28 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTNavy Week is a salute to men and women who have made anchors away a way of life. And while it wasn't the Red Sea, the SEALs seemed to enjoy Chicago's lakefront view and Shedd's ocean.
Tue 21 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTA retired microbiologist has restored thousands of acres of prairie and trees at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in Valparaiso, Ind.
Tue 14 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Frank Mathie found a northwest suburban man who is restoring his own B-17 bomber.
Wed 08 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTWhere do babies come from? Well, at Lincoln Park Zoo storks actually do deliver bundles of joy -- in the form of chicks, of course.
Tue 07 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTBirds build nests, bees build hives and beavers build lodges. Now you can see all of this up close at a Lincoln Park museum.
Tue 31 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTIt has happened again at the Evanston Public Library: the sound of angry peregrine falcons.
Tue 24 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTA zebra has four legs and stripes. A giraffe has four legs and a long neck. If you were to mix them together, what would you get? It just might be an okapi.
Tue 17 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTA new exhibit called "Whales: Giants of the Deep" opens a seven month run Friday at The Field Museum.
Tue 10 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTFor the third time in a row, students at Rolling Meadows High School won the world championship First Robotics Competition.
Wed 04 May 2011 11:39:59 GMT"The place: Chicago's Haymarket Square near the intersection of Randolph and Des Plaines. The date: May 4th, 1886. It is the most devastating day in the history of the Chicago Police Department," said Dennis Bingham, Chicago police historian.
Tue 03 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTAaron Rucker has done it all and done it well. On Tuesday, the Chicago teacher was honored for dedication to the military and education.
Wed 27 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Frank Mathie fulfilled a dream Wednesday, batting against major-league pitching.
Wed 20 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTAt Cupid Candies, they've been turning out homemade candies for 75 years -- and little has changed.
Tue 19 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTDo you have what it takes to be blue? Blue Man Group is looking for three blue men.
Tue 12 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTSome deep-sea creatures are about to surface at Shedd Aquarium. Jellies: Imagine Another World opens Friday.
wed 06 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTSpring hasn't been very springy, but at Brookfield Zoo the season sprang into action with galloping giraffes.
Tue 05 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe south end of the Field Museum was littered with cranes and crates Tuesday. Those heavy-lifting cranes were used to move the huge crates- filled with whale bones- inside for an exhibit that opens in May.
Wed 30 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTFive years ago, Sergio Lopez of Joliet lost both his legs while serving the U.S. Army in Iraq. His vehicle was blown apart by a roadside bomb. Today, he and his family broke ground on a new home, a Hero Home, in Hillside. Lopez, his wife, and two daughters will live in a home given to them by the people of Hillside and other groups around the Chicago area.
Tue 29 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe military returns once again to the old Armory Park Building on Chicago's North Side in a play about the Scottish regiment ''Black Watch.''
Wed 23 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTFive days a week, Rambo is sniffing out trouble at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at O'Hare International Airport. But soon the 8-year-old Belgian Malinois will retire.
Tue 22 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTRemy, a dog at Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society, is so homely looking that no one wants to take him home.
Wed 16 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTImagine the most beautiful golf courses in the world -- and put them all in Chicago's Loop. Play 18 at 17 North Wabash is a new business with high-tech, computerized golf.
Tue 15 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTBack in November at Brookfield Zoo, an African wild dog gave birth to 10 healthy puppies. Those pups are now on public display, and ABC 7's Frank Mathie was there for their grand entrance.
Wed 09 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTHave you heard of the Tri-Trak windshield wiper? Or the wine balloon? Those are two products that have yet to reach the market- but might get a chance thanks to Telebrands, a company that has been turning new inventions into big bucks for more 30 years.
Tue 08 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTChester Gould created the square-jawed cop Dick Tracy in 1931, and for 32 years Dick Locher put him on paper.
Wed 02 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTAs the slider celebrates its 90th birthday, an original White Castle location heads toward official landmark status.
Tue 01 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTAt Lincoln Park Zoo, visitors are hurrying over to see the new baby sloth and then waiting to see if the little creature moves.
Wed 23 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTPotter and Potter Auctions on North Ravenswood has struck magic gold. Old lithograph posters of magicians, many of them over a hundred years old. The posters were discovered by a suburban woman in her basement after her husband, a collector, had died.
Tue 22 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTA North Side gallery looks at what's next for Chicago as a city without a Mayor Daley.
Mon 14 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTValentine's Day makes the heart beat just a little faster and a bit stronger, especially for one Chicago transplant patient who is now home from the hospital.
Wed 09 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTWhere's your winter hat? ABC7's Frank Mathie asks bareheaded folks why they're bareheaded.
Tue 08 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTValentine's Day is for the birds. And giraffes and 75 people who were invited to party with the animals on February 14.
Tue 01 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTBrookfield Zoo is open to guests every day of the year-- except Wednesday, which just happens to be Groundhog Day.
Wed 26 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTA large hawk named Journey crashed into a freight train in Alberta, Canada, and wound up at a Chicago bird rehab facility.
Tue 25 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Bears vs. Packers battle didn't end Sunday for one Green Bay fan. It ended Monday -- with a tie.
Tue 18 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTA lifelong nanny, Vivian Maier, was also a photographer who captured images of Chicago's streets and people.
Wed 12 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTBoating is a very big business in the Chicago area and adds about a million dollars to our economy each year. The Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors Show (ChicagoBoatShow.com), which runs January 12-16, is a part of that business just because of its bigness.
Tue 11 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTA visit to Lincoln Park Zoo's primate house these days gives you a baby bonus.
Wed 05 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTAn injured dog that was almost dead when police broke up a Maywood fighting ring last week is making a remarkable recovery.
Tue 04 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Mega Millions lottery has now rolled over 15 times and the jackpot is at an eye-popping, heart-stopping $355 million.
Wed 29 Dec 2010 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Frank Mathie says a very tall chef has a very tall tale to tell about how you and your loved one can ring in the New Year.
Tue 21 Dec 2010 11:39:59 GMTFor many, wrapping Christmas presents is not the most pleasant holiday duty. The tradition of major department stores providing professional gift wrappers is slowly going away. But there is still hope if you are ribbon-and-bow challenged.
Tue 14 Dec 2010 11:39:59 GMTBaby beluga whale Nunavik celebrated a big birthday at Shedd Aquarium Tuesday with a smelt-topped cake.
Wed 08 Dec 2010 11:39:59 GMTEvery year, U.S. Marines try to collect toys for every needy child in America, and once again the number of children in need exceeds the number of toys donated.
Tue 07 Dec 2010 11:39:59 GMTD'Amato's Bakery has been in business 40 years, but the coal-burning brick oven goes way back.
Wed 01 Dec 2010 11:39:59 GMTThe holiday spirit is in full bloom at Chicago's Garfield Park and Lincoln Park conservatories.
Tue 30 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTDonations are well below average for food pantries, but one art student is painting a better picture for Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Wed 24 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTEvery Monday and Wednesday morning, ''Tiger'' takes to the tennis court at the Oak Lawn Racquet Club. Mary Jane "Tiger" Murphy, 90, still plays with the same spirit she started with 80 years ago.
Tue 23 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTWhen a 100-pound baby is due, usually everyone knows about it -- even when the mother is a 1,500-pound Holstein cow.
Wed 17 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTThanksgiving means big business -- and big birds -- at Ho-Ka Turkey Farm in Waterman, Ill.
Tue 16 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTThe Italo - American Accordion Company on West 95th Street opened in Chicago in 1910 by Anne Romagnoli's father and his two brothers. Their music just continues to play.
Wed 10 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTFrankie Cuadra is one of those guys who never gives up. He lost his construction job, but that was just the beginning of a whole new life.
Tue 09 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTBack in the 1930s, 40s and 50s almost every man in America wore a fedora. But that style faded away-until now. And that's because of Optimo Fine Hats on the Far South Side.
Wed 03 Nov 2010 11:39:59 GMTThe Christmas tree at Macy's on State Street requires lots of lights, ornaments and help to complete the holiday tradition.
Wed 27 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTPumpkins and ghosts and the howling of wolves are the sights and sounds of Halloween. But, for some Chicago-area children, there are only the sights and no sound.
Tue 26 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTWith Halloween just around the corner, employees at Fantasy Costumes on North Milwaukee Avenue are working some scary hours.
Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTTragedy splits some families apart, but others grow stronger when times are tough. When Salvador Solis lost his wife, he worked hard to keep his 12 kids and restaurant running.
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTGold is the one magical element that has fascinated mankind for thousands of years. A new exhibit "Gold" opens at Chicago's Field Museum Friday.
Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTWhat if you only brushed your teeth three times a week? That's just fine- if you're a seal or sea lion.
Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTBirds of a feather flock together-- and that's certainly the case during migration time. Right now birds are flying south and Chicago's beautiful skyline presents a real hazard.
Wed, 06 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTA 24-year-old actress and writer who attended Northwestern University will move into Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry October 20.
Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:39:59 GMTThirty-two heroes were honored at City Hall Tuesday morning. Chicago police officers and firefighters who went beyond the call of duty this past year received recognition for saving lives and catching criminals.
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:39:59 GMTIf you haven't been to Chicago's Newberry Library lately, you are not alone.
Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:39:59 GMTThe Coney from Detroit is mounting a challenge to the the classic Chicago-style hot dog on the North Side.
Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:39:59 GMTAcorns dropping from oak trees are like pennies from heaven -- if you're a squirrel.
Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:39:59 GMTThis time of year Chicago residents can find fresh watermelon at the farmers markets, at the supermarket-- and now right in a South Side man's front yard.
Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:39:59 GMTTwo California sea lion pups who were abandoned by their mothers in San Francisco are now learning to swim at Brookfield Zoo.
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:39:59 GMTSweet corn is ripe for the picking at local farms, and one farmer says his is the sweetest around.
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:39:59 GMTBirds of a feather flock together. That is-- if they can flock. Five American white pelicans at Brookfield Zoo can't fly so they have to be carried by zoo keepers to their new home. They could walk, but they don't know the way.
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:39:59 GMTFor 20 years, Alex Le Vesque has turned gang members into hot rod builders at a small warehouse on the Southwest Side. There, discarded vehicles become dream cares.
Tue, 10 Aug 2010 11:39:59 GMTA hot and humid summer might not be appealing most, but for those in the ice business it means a cool profit.
Tue, 03 Aug 2010 11:39:59 GMTFor almost every little boy and some little girls, playing ball against major leaguers is a dream.
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:39:59 GMTBrookfield Zoo's Animal Hospital welcomed five new pelican patients for exams, x-rays and an extra-close look by a zoo vet.
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:39:59 GMTOnce upon a time in the Land of Lincoln Park Zoo, a mother mallard duck made her nest and laid her eggs and raised her family right in the middle of the gorilla exhibit.
Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:39:59 GMTThe Marriott on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago is abuzz these days with bees.
Tue, 06 Jul 2010 11:39:59 GMTAn Italian grocery in Cicero has been satisfying old-world flavor cravings for more than 40 years.
Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:39:59 GMTDiablo and Delilah are Golden Lion Tamarin monkeys at Brookfield Zoo. They live in the zoo's far west end woods, a part many visitors miss. There, they're living like their wild cousin in native Brazil- roaming without cages or nets.
Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:39:59 GMTIn 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Cullen Jones became the first African American to win a gold medal for swimming.
Wed, 09 Jun 2010 11:39:59 GMTRed, a pit bull, was shot almost a year ago when robbers broke into his West Side home. He almost died, but now Red's rolling happily into the future.
Wed, 02 Jun 2010 11:39:59 GMTDo you know the story of Jason and the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece? It's all about Greek mythology and guys named Zeus and Hercules. Now it's an opera.
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 11:39:59 GMTThere are natural athletes, musicians, or artists, but 16-year old Fiona West of Skokie has a natural talent to build bridges.