The annual 3,000-mile monarch migration is heading toward Chicago: ‘It’s like a Disney movie, except better'
A monarch butterfly sits in a clear plastic container before being released by Samantha Goodman, 40, and her son Torben Goodman, 6, outside their home on Sept. 1, 2021, in Chicago. - Armando L. Sanchez/TNS

CHICAGO – Breanna Seibel was riding a four-wheeler alongside her alfalfa field in northern Wisconsin when she started seeing monarch butterflies. The bright orange visitors were swooping, fluttering and dancing in pairs, quartets and trios. They were landing in the trees that line the field, with up to 100 clustered on a single branch. Seibel called her parents out to see the butterflies: thousands, by her count. She posted videos on Facebook, and strangers started showing up at her doorstep, asking for a tour. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Seibel, 28, of New Richmond, Wisc...