Neighborhood Experts

Bunnies have Taken Over the North Side!

If you live in River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, or Lakeview, this isn’t news to you: rabbits have completely taken over the sidewalks and parks in the northern Chicago neighborhoods. You can’t swing a Cubs bat without knocking out at least a dozen of these fuzzy little guys. Though we all secretly want to capture one and name it, “Peter” or “Beatrix Potter”, these adorable creatures have wreaked some serious havoc on local landscaping. The Horticulture Department at the Lincoln Park Zoo, for example, estimates that Peter has chowed down on nearly $15,000 worth of landscaping over the winter.

So why all the bunnies? Thankfully WBEZ 91.5 Chicago did some research on the topic:

 

What kind of rabbits call Chicago home?

These bunnies are unsurprisingly the region’s dominant species, the Eastern Cottontail. 

Why Chicago? 

We’re warm! Downtown Chicago radiates enough heat to attract bunnies from all around, and the comfy parks on the North Side make it nice and cozy.

Just how many bunnies are we talking about here?

It’s difficult to nail down a set number, but The Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo set up 118 cameras around the area to catch the rabbits doin’ their thang. The cameras were heat sensitive and took photos every 30 seconds. The results? At the zoo alone, at least 200 rabbits were recorded, which comes out to about 30 rabbits per about 2.5 acres.

Let’s give you an idea of what that translates to. In Robert Sullivan’s book on the rodent problem in Chicago, Rats, Sullivan equates our rabbit infestation to the rat infestation in NYC’s subways. “I also noticed that in addition to a rat problem, Chicago public parks appear to have a bit of a rabbit problem,” writes Sullivan. “Rabbits were hopping all over the place, believe it or not. It was a little scary.”

How do they survive the harsh Chicago winters?

Short answer: they don’t. Their mortality rate over the winter is estimated to be somewhere around 70%. If it wasn’t hard enough, experts also estimate that the about 2,000 coyotes that roam our city also deplete the rabbits’ numbers over the winter. So why are there still so many rabbits? I think you know. The rabbits do what rabbits do best and by spring, the numbers continue to grow.

 

So now we know! Our furry friends can be pretty fiendish. But it’s hard not to admire their tenacity! Peter and Beatrix aren’t going anywhere any time soon, and compared to our other infestations, I think we can agree that the bunnies can stay for a while.

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Photos courtesy of Brian Cassella of the Chicago Tribune and www.dmkrestaurants.com 

The long awaited Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier finally opened yesterday to celebrate the pier’s 100th anniversary. This high-tech DW60 wheel is the only one of its kind in the U.S., and features impressive safety features, including a fortified foundation that can withstand winds up to 115 mph!

After a glitch yesterday, the Centennial Wheel is back up and running until tonight at midnight. An estimated 8,000 people have ridden the new wheel thus far.

Navigating the hustle and bustle surrounding this opening day could be a challenge – to say the least – but not to worry. We’ve created this handy guide to ensure you get to savor every moment of your Navy Pier weekend.

 

Start with a Bike Tour with Bobby’s Bike Hike

Getting to the pier early is essential with the unpredictable volume this weekend will bring. Beginning at 9 a.m., Bobby’s Bike Hike will get you to the area and get your blood flowing.

Grab a Beer at the LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier

A quick beer will soothe any nerves about the 196-ft. journey you’re about to take into the sky on the Centennial Wheel. The LandShark Beer Garden is a Navy Pier classic.

Ride the Wheel

Hold on tight! This ride is not only taller and longer than its predecessor, it’s also faster.

Savor some Seafood

For a nice bite after, check out DMK Burger and Fish Bar. The Crabby Patty, a crabcake sandwich with Old Bay mayo and pickled onion on a house-baked bun, is a timeless lakefront treat.

Finish with Fireworks

As always, Navy Pier’s fireworks are some of the best in the world, and these 100th anniversary pyrotechnics are sure to cap off your day with a bang.

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