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WWW Chicago outdoors: Foraging & George Desort's ``Fifty Lakes One Island''

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Foraging is high on my list for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors; that and plans to watch George Desort's ``Fifty Lakes One Island'' on Wednesday.


Screening of Desort's ``Fifty Lakes One Island,'' about his 80 days alone exploring the 50 lakes of Isle Royale, will be at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. It is $7. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres and desserts provided by Blue Sky Bakery.

View a trailer at

That gives a taste. I plan to be there.

That's Desort above at Siskiwit Lake.


My morel season has been fair with three quality ones so far, and for a change I have found more than my kids.

And this will probably be the peak weekend. I hoped to get out with Lee Sczepanski to prowl around somewhere in NW Indiana, I think near the Kankakee River, but our plans did not mesh. But you can read how he does it at


Wild asparagus has to be close to popping, but I haven't found any yet. I see Ken Gortowski just posted something about that on Facebook.


Missed the great coho action on the Chicago lakefront last week because I was in the mountains of Pennsylvania with my dad. Not sure if it will be back or not. But perch will come eventually.


This should be my week to test the mighty Kankakee for the first wet wading, water temperatures are at the right point for me. Might be my Sunday afternoon, because Lord knows Chicago baseball does not even deserve a good Sunday afternoon nap this year.


Otherwise, my youngest two kids and I have made it a fairly regular routine to get in at least one outing a weekend for fishing at the town pond. As a parent, it is a routine worth building on.


If I lived west instead of south of Chicago, I would probably try the Crappie Contest Weekend, which Lakeside is doing at Shabbona Lake. For info, click or call (815) 824-2581.

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