City of Chicago Gets Its Own Mushroom

Chicago Mushroom

According to the Field Museum, a very tasty mushroom is joining the ranks of a moth and mollusk—all named for the Second City.

It’s name is name Cantharellus chicagoensis—literally, the Chicago chanterelle.

“New descriptions of chanterelle mushrooms have only been made possible in the past few decades because of advances in DNA sequencing technology,” said Field Museum researcher Patrick Leacock. “We examined three gene regions in order to establish this mushroom as distinct from the other members of the genus Cantharellus.”

How interesting and how coincidental! Just this week Picture This Post interviewed a very mushroom-loving pianist who had recently entertained WFMT listeners and the audience in Preston Bradley Hall.

Read the full story of Music and Mushrooms here.


Photo: Courtesy of Field Museum

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