• Ernst Pierre-Toussaint, Director of Facility Planning & Operations at the Field Museum on Tuesday, January 14th, 2016. Photos by Jasmin Shah

    CULTURE The Field Museum is one of only a few museums nationwide to earn an LEED Gold Certification for existing buildings. Beyond its size and age, Ernst Pierre-Toussaint, Director of Facility Planning & Operations, says that earning the certification for the museum was challenging on a variety of levels. LEARN MORE.

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    ENVIRONMENT Scientists convened from all over the world to present and discuss their research at the conference. LEARN MORE.

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    ENVIRONMENT Comer Fellows in the Field: Featuring Dr. Gina Moseley and the Northeast Greenland Caves Project and an original video produced by the team. LEARN MORE.

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    EDUCATION In addition to basic tutoring and help with homework, 826CHI offers a unique environment for inspiring young writers. LEARN MORE.

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    ENVIRONMENT Alice Doughty and her team traveled to the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda to study tropical glaciers. LEARN MORE

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    CULTURE Natural Resources Defense Council artist-in-residence Jenny Kendler's TELL IT TO THE BIRDS is an imaginative attempt to bridge the experiential gap between human and animal minds.

  • Matthew S. Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago

    CULTURE “Photography is not its own world, but a way through the world.” Q&A with Matthew S. Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of the Department of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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    HEALTH CARE “I’ve never known any other clinic that reaches out and actually tries to help. I have complete trust [in the staff],” says Vanessa Sanchez. Her son, Jalen, is an asthma patient at Esperanza Health Center. Learn more about how MHNConnect and Esperanza improved Jalen's care.

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    EDUCATION Comer To College provides comprehensive academic and social support to help Gary Comer College Prep and Gary Comer Youth Center alumni reach college graduation. LEARN MORE.

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    ENVIRONMENT Comer Fellows in the Field offers an inside view of SCIENCE IN ACTION.

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Secrets Behind Field Museum’s LEED Gold Status

Secrets Behind Field Museum’s LEED Gold Status

Jan 21, 2016

Housing 30 million artifacts and specimens across 1.3-million square feet, Chicago’s Field Museum is one of the most celebrated museums in the country. Although best known for its dinosaurs and natural history exhibits, since March, the museum has a new claim to fame: It is one of only a few museums nationwide to earn LEED […]

Thirty Scientists; One Question; 2015

Thirty Scientists; One Question; 2015

Dec 21, 2015

We asked thirty climate scientists gathered for the 2015 Comer Climate Conference to answer the same question. What is one big question you’d like to answer through your research? Here is what a few of them had to say. Thirty Climate Scientists Answer One Big Question from Comer Family Foundation on Vimeo.

Comer Fellows in the Field: Gina Moseley

Comer Fellows in the Field: Gina Moseley

Dec 13, 2015

Northeast Greenland Caves Project In July and August 2015, Gina E. Moseley of the University of Innsbruck, Austria, led a small expedition of five people to some of the remotest caves on the planet. The purpose of the expedition was to collect calcite deposits from caves in the far northeast of Greenland at 80.4°N, which […]

The Spy Who Tutored Me

The Spy Who Tutored Me

Nov 19, 2015

On any given school night, kids from all over Chicago gather their homework into backpacks and handbags, head to a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, and slip through the secret door behind the counter at the Spy Store. They’re not undercover agents, of course, but they are joining an elite society of sorts. […]