Chicago outdoors: Fox family, record skipjack, eating morels, the playwright Shakespeare and fishing

A photograph of a red fox family in Chicago, the world-record skipjack herring, some suggestions for preparing morel mushrooms and a quote by Shakespeare on fishing are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Part of a family of red foxes in Chicago. Credit: Paul Vriend

Part of a family of red foxes in Chicago.

Paul Vriend

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Paul Vriend emailed that he had his first sighting of red foxes in the city, a family with four kits. “Believe it or not, this family built a den across the street from my office on the Metra Train Line,” he emailed.

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).


“Dale, what does one do with morels? Cooking tips?” Liz Clark

A: Simple is best. Saute in olive oil or butter with garlic. Serve with French bread and a glass of red. If you want seasonal, pair morels, prepared as above, with fresh strawberries and fried crappie fillets.


3-12: Pounds-ounces of world-record skipjack herring, caught by Paul Goddard on Feb. 14, 1982 from Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee, according to the International Game Fish Association


“Bait the hook well, this fish will bite.”

Claudio, in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” via



June 4-5: Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815) 423-5326. Click here for details.


Today, May 21: National Safe Boating Week Kick-Off (safety classes, vessel safety checks, family activities, demonstrations), Belmont Yacht Club, free, 9 a.m.-noon,

Today, May 21: Calumet Harbor Chicago Flotilla hosts vessel safety check station, Hammond Marina, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 35-11 “Calumet Harbor Chicago” | Facebook


Sunday, May 22: Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, register now only in-person ($40)

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