Joliet Puffer: Mushroom of the Week

A big puffer from the Joliet area earns Mushroom of the Week honors.

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A “puffer” from the Joliet area earns Mushroom of the Week.

Provided by Paul Schroeder

Paul Schroeder sent this “Joliet puffer’’ for Mushroom of the Week.

“This was from [late September], about the size of a basketball at that time,’’ he emailed. “It shows up at nearly the same spot every year. An additional one is nearby of similar size.’’

MOTW, the celebration of mushroom gathering (the stories matter) around Chicago outdoors, runs Wednesdays in the Sun-Times as warranted. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (

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