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A Butcher, A Developer And His Wife: Where Six Chicago Streets Got Their Names (And Pronunciations!)

12/16/2018
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Hint: If you want a Chicago street named after you, it helps to know a real estate developer — or be married to one!

Duration:00:06:26

Chicago Candidates Need Loads of Petition Signatures To Land On The Ballot, But Is That Fair?

12/9/2018
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Candidates need to gather loads of signatures to secure a space on the ballot. One listener wonders whether that’s fair.

Duration:00:09:43

Pregnancy Tests? Pigeon Poo? What Chicago Aldermen Really Do

12/2/2018
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Sure, they pass laws and vote on city budgets. But there’s so much more. Think: Pregnancy tests and pigeon poo.

Duration:00:10:23

DEH-vin Or Deh-VOHN? Why The CTA Pronounces Chicago Street Names A Certain Way

11/25/2018
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The CTA consults lots of sources to decide how to pronounce street names. Take our quiz to find out how your pronunciations match up.

Duration:00:07:06

Displaced: When The Eisenhower Expressway Moved In, Who Was Forced Out?

11/18/2018
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The Ike was the city’s first superhighway. In this special presentation, people affected open up about how it scattered ethnic neighborhoods and changed many lives forever.

Duration:00:14:20

Steak And Lemonade: What Are The Origins Of This Chicago Food Combo?

11/11/2018
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The beef sandwich and slushy drink are sold together all across the South and West sides. We track down the guy who put the two together.

Duration:00:10:00

Did All Chicagoans Support The Civil War?

11/4/2018
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The story of Irish-American draft resisters, African-Americans who defied the odds in order to fight, and women who found alternate ways to support the war.

Duration:00:01:47

From Stockyards To Speakeasies: A Chicago Historian Tackles 5 Questions About The City’s History

10/28/2018
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Dominic Pacyga shares his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago history and answers questions about everything from “gin joints” to stockyards.

Duration:00:14:17

How Vacant Chicago Storefronts Rise From The Dead As Halloween Costume Stores

10/21/2018
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We unearth the business model behind these seasonal shops, and get the scoop on what costumes will be most popular this season.

Duration:00:05:47

Why Doesn’t Chicago Have More Co-Op Grocery Stores?

10/14/2018
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We learn that, despite the current paucity of food co-ops, the city actually has a strong food co-op history — and there may be more on the horizon.

Duration:00:10:05

Gone Fishin’: What Happened To Chicago’s Booming Commercial Fishing Industry?

10/7/2018
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Chicago once had a booming commercial fishing industry. Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp is one of the last vestiges of that industry.

Duration:00:10:45

Who Is Billy Sunday In The Popular Sinatra Song, ‘Chicago?’

9/30/2018
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Billy Sunday was an influential preacher within the American evangelical movement. How'd he end up in a song sung by Sinatra?

Duration:00:10:07

How Political Clout And Union Power Created Chicago’s Lead Water Problem

9/16/2018
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Chicago continued to use lead pipes long after many cities banned them. We look at the politics and personalities behind it.

Duration:00:09:51

Daley vs. Little Italy: Did The Mayor Drop UIC On The Neighborhood Out Of Spite?

9/9/2018
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Why did Richard J. Daley push for the UIC campus to rise from the heart of a long-standing ethnic neighborhood? In this special Curious City presentation, reporter Monica Eng examines the pervasive suspicion that the mayor’s choice rose from a political spat or — even worse — from disdain for the Italian-American community. Click here for the full story.

Duration:00:12:28

Hidden in Plain Sight: Inside Downtown Chicago's Windowless, Doorless Buildings

9/2/2018
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Here’s a peek at what goes on inside some of these “mystery buildings” and how their architectural disguises have evolved over the decades.

Duration:00:14:38

This Synagogue’s Story Mirrors The History Of Jewish Migration Across Chicago

8/26/2018
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We trace one synagogue’s migration, from the Maxwell Street neighborhood to North Lawndale to West Rogers Park.

Duration:00:14:47

What Happened To The East Chicago Residents Forced Out By Pollution?

8/19/2018
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More than 1,100 people had to move due to pollution. We follow two of them as they fight to find housing.

Duration:00:13:33

What Are The Costs Of Chicago’s Air And Water Show?

8/12/2018
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The city says the show generates millions of dollars in business. But some listeners wonder whether it’s worth the environmental costs.

Duration:00:05:53

Skyscraper Central: Why Are So Many of Chicago's Tallest Buildings Located Downtown?

8/5/2018
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We find out why downtown became the go-to destination for Chicago’s tallest buildings, and whether that might change in the future.

Duration:00:11:05

An Extended Interview With Actor And Improviser T.J. Jagodowski

7/29/2018
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Lots of famous comedians got their start in Chicago. Actor and improviser T.J. Jagodowski talks with Jimmy Carrane about why that’s the case.

Duration:00:19:09