Chicago outdoors: Grapes of robin, Fran Lebowitz, Class TA trailers, first-of-the-year fireflies

Robins feeding young grapes, an outdoors thought by Fran Lebowitz, a potential savings on Class TA trailers and the first fireflies of the year are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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A robin feeding young grapes on Chicago’s Northside. Credit: Ron Wozny

A robin feeding young grapes on Chicago’s Northside.

Ron Wozny

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Ron Wozny sent another one of his classic bird photos from the Northside, this one of a robin feeding grapes to young.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).



June 26-27: Elburn, (10-17 on 26th, girls and women on 27th), click here for details or contact or (847) 309-1093


Tuesday, June 15: Guide William Heim, “Summer Bass and Walleye Techniques,” Arlington Anglers, Poplar Creek Banquets, Hoffman Estates, 6:30 p.m.,


Tuesday, June 15: Bullfrog season begins

Wednesday, June 16: Perch season reopens on Lake Michigan

Friday, June 18, to June 21: Illinois Free Fishing Days, no licenses or stamps needed, other regulations apply


“Just saw a lightening bug in the back yard. The summer light show begins!” Paul Bleers on Tuesday evening

A: His email inspired me to check, but I came up empty on fireflies. Soon, very soon.


$36 from $118: Reduction in the flat weight tax on Class TA trailers, under SB 58, which the General Assembly passed on May 31; a note of potential significance for those with boat trailers. Click here for details on SB 58.


“To me the outdoors is what you must pass through in order to get from your apartment into a taxicab.”

Fran Lebowitz, via, perhaps explaining the difference between her life and Aldo Leopold’s

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