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Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City.

Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City.
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Chicago, IL

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Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City.

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English

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848 East Grand Ave Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 60611 888-789-7752


Episodes

Seeing Blue: Will Chicago's New LED Streetlights Do More Harm Than Good?

5/20/2018
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Do LED lights cause cancer? Can they really reduce crime? One kid is so concerned about LED streetlights that he called Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Duration:00:13:24

Sweet Success: How Chicago's Mexican Bakeries Stay Competitive

5/13/2018
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Lots of Mexican bakeries can be found near one another in neighborhoods like Pilsen. So how do they stay in business?

Duration:00:10:04

What A Family Murder Reveals About Chicago’s Chinese Gangs

5/6/2018
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On a warm September night, a gunman walked into a West Side restaurant, greeted the manager, and shot him three times. Hours after the murder, Chicago cops were still trying to figure out if the shooting was gang-related, the Chicago Tribune reported. This may sound a lot like Chicago in 2018. But the murder actually happened in 1936. The alleged gangs were Chinese — and the killer was after my family. That’s one of the reasons I recently took on a Curious City question about the history...

Duration:00:11:12

Navy Pier Flyover For Bikers, Joggers Delayed (Again)

5/1/2018
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Warm weather this week has filled Chicago’s lakefront with bikers and joggers enjoying the outdoors after a record cold April. But those hoping to use the new flyover path near Navy Pier will now have to wait even longer than expected, and taxpayers could be on the hook for millions more on the perennially delayed project.

Duration:00:01:55

What Are Chicago’s Oldest Laws?

4/28/2018
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Looking around Chicago today, you won’t find many stink balls or cannons—but did you know the city has ordinances regulating both? When these laws were first passed more than a century ago, aldermen may have believed they posed a real threat. But today, these old laws don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Logan Square resident Ty McCarthy was wondering whether Chicago had any outdated laws on the books. So he asked Curious City: What are some of Chicago’s oldest and weirdest laws? To...

Duration:00:10:00

Which Historical Monuments Have Sparked Controversy In Chicago?

4/22/2018
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From a statue honoring police to a tribute to Confederate prisoners, these monuments have raised debate over how history is represented.

Duration:00:09:51

Map Quest: Searching for Chicago’s ‘Lizard Mound’

4/15/2018
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A Curious City fan asked us about an odd detail on an old Chicago map. Was it really a Native American burial mound?

Duration:00:15:10

Mold-A-Rama-Rama! The Secrets Behind Chicago's Plastic Souvenir Empire

4/8/2018
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How a Chicago-area family turned cheap plastic souvenirs into a nostalgia empire.

Duration:00:09:44

Seeing Red: What’s Up With That Stoplight On North Lake Shore Drive?

4/1/2018
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The light near Chicago Avenue causes mile-long backups. City officials are proposing a solution, but you might be in traffic for a while.

Duration:00:06:40

Picture This: Did The Art Institute of Chicago Ever Rent Out Paintings?

3/25/2018
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Robert K. Elder would love to decorate the walls in his living room with original paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago. So he was floored when a friend told him that her mom rented two pieces of artwork back in the day. This was hard for Robert to imagine. Like, what would that even look like? Someone strolling onto Michigan Avenue with a rented Monet stuck in his or her backpack? Curious City looked into whether this story has any truth to it.

Duration:00:09:13

From Blizzards To Heat Waves: Is It Actually Harder To Predict Weather In Chicago?

3/18/2018
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Beach weather one day and freezing rain the next: Chicago weather can be unpredictable, but how do we compare to other cities?

Duration:00:11:22

Get A Piece Of This: 9 Chicago Pizza Mysteries Solved

3/8/2018
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You asked about square slices, where the pepperoni goes, and the origins of the pizza puff. We dish it deep on nine questions you kneaded to know.

Duration:00:15:05

Bed Rest And Sputum Tests: Inside Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

3/1/2018
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Former patients recall the tests, treatments, and trauma more than 250,000 Chicagoans experienced over the sanitarium's near 60-year-long existence.

Duration:00:14:02

How 1920s Chicago Public School Design Reflects Changes In Education

2/22/2018
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More public elementary schools were built in the 1920s than in any other era. Their design reflected new ideas about child development and health.

Duration:00:09:50

Not In Your Front Yard: Why ‘For Sale’ Signs Are Banned In Oak Park

2/18/2018
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The village insists a decades-old rule to fight blockbusting continues to protect a precious suburban commodity: diversity.

Duration:00:09:26

How Often Do People Defend Themselves With A Gun?

2/11/2018
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Duration:00:13:20

What's It Like To Live In Chicago's Loop?

2/4/2018
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A family, a dog owner and tenants of a men's hotel explain why the Loop offers a sense of community amid the hustle and bustle.

Duration:00:13:26

What Makes Chicago A Destination For Improv?

1/28/2018
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A long list of famous comedians got their start doing improv in Chicago. Curious City talks to eight improvisers about why the city is no joke when it comes to the funny business.

Duration:00:13:45

What Happens To The Lincoln Park Zoo Animals In The Winter?

1/21/2018
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Do the animals go somewhere warm, like Florida? Does the zoo give them coats? We took a behind-the-scene tour of the zoo to find out.

Duration:00:05:35

Why Aren't There More Statues Of Women In Chicago?

1/14/2018
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Statues of historic men can be found throughout Chicago’s parks and plazas. But one Curious Citizen wonders, "Where are all the women?"

Duration:00:09:04

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