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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

City Of Big Agriculture: Here Are The Crops Chicago Was Once Famous For

8/21/2017
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The city deserves cred as an industrial giant, but it was also the first city of flowers, a pickle powerhouse and the heart of American celery.

Duration: 00:09:28


What Happened To Chicago’s Japanese Neighborhood?

8/14/2017
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Lake View once had a thriving Japanese community, but it fell victim to a push for assimilation. As one Japanese-American puts it: “You had to basically be unseen.”

Duration: 00:13:31


Chicago Bathhouses: More Than A Century Of Sanitation, Sex and Sweat

8/7/2017
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A quick tour of places where residents would chill, get clean and — sometimes — get down.

Duration: 00:13:07


Is Notoriously Segregated Chicago Becoming More Integrated?

7/31/2017
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On paper, Chicago is more integrated than it was a few decades ago. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Duration: 00:13:31


Carl Sandburg's Chicago: The Places, People, And Events That Shaped His Writing

7/24/2017
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From 1912 to 1930, the famous poet and writer lived and worked in the Chicago area. Step back in time to experience Sandburg's Chicago.

Duration: 00:14:26


Why Chicago Lightning Bugs Light Up One Neighborhood But Not the Next

7/17/2017
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A listener’s nostalgia for catching lightning bugs as a kid lead her to wonder: Are there any left these days? Our experts say they’re around, just really, really fickle.

Duration: 00:05:05


How Chicago Beaches Get and Keep That Nice Fine Sand

7/10/2017
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Here’s why you shouldn’t take that "sand between your toes" experience for granted!

Duration: 00:09:00


Chicago's Best Stargazing Spots

7/3/2017
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Chicago's notorious light pollution hides the stars, but here's where you have a fighting chance to peek at the heavens.

Duration: 00:09:36


Welcome Back, Otters: Could The River Otter Call Chicago's Loop Home?

6/26/2017
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Forty years ago, it would have been nearly impossible to find an otter in Illinois, never mind Chicago. Today, could they be here to stay?

Duration: 00:08:47


The Meaning Of Boystown: A Conversation About Chicago's LGBTQ Neighborhood

6/19/2017
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A multi-generational panel talks about what the neighborhood means to them and where they see its future.

Duration: 00:19:40


What's With That Odd Closet? What Chicago's Architectural Clues Reveal About How We Live

6/12/2017
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We look at eight building features and what each reveals about how society and urban life has changed over the years.

Duration: 00:13:53


Building Skyscrapers on Chicago's Swampy Soil

5/29/2017
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Engineers once compared Chicago’s soggy soil to jelly cake. How did they build a forest of skyscrapers on it?

Duration: 00:09:28


Rubber Stamp Aldermen: Why Does Chicago City Council Always Vote For What The Mayor Wants?

5/22/2017
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Most aldermen almost always vote with the mayor, but that's starting to change.

Duration: 00:09:34


City Of Big Potholes: Is Asphalt The Best Choice For Chicago's Streets?

5/14/2017
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In the past decade the city paid out nearly $3 million drivers whose cars were damaged by poor road conditions. Is asphalt to blame?

Duration: 00:08:46


Boystown: How Chicago Got Its Gay Neighborhood

5/8/2017
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Political activism and businesses helped shape the city's gay neighborhood, but there's a debate about its future.

Duration: 00:13:23


Tray Table Or Trash? Here’s What Happens To Airline Food When An O'Hare Flight Is Cancelled

5/1/2017
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When a flight gets cancelled, it's not only travel plans that get trashed.

Duration: 00:08:55


The Nazi's Neighborhood

4/24/2017
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Was there ever a Nazi neighborhood in Chicago? In this special Curious City mini-documentary and online presentation (complete with archival photos and video), we tell the story of how an infamous neo-Nazi group settled in the Marquette Park neighborhood and used it as a home base to gain attention and promote its political agenda. The story of the group’s rise and fall on Chicago’s Southwest Side raises questions about the extent of free speech and how mainstream racism in any...

Duration: 00:22:38


How A Rat Balloon From Suburban Chicago Became A Union Mascot

4/20/2017
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Scabby the Rat is now common on picket lines around the world, but the balloon started in Chicago’s historically blue-collar suburbs.

Duration: 00:09:05


First Responder: Why Do Fire Trucks Often Arrive Before Ambulances For Medical Emergencies?

4/3/2017
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Medical calls outnumber fire calls 20 to one in Chicago. So why does the city own so many more fire trucks than ambulances?

Duration: 00:13:17


Are there fallout shelters left in Chicago?

3/20/2017
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There are plenty, but let's just say they're not ready for a nuclear apocalypse.

Duration: 00:12:07

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