Curious City WBEZ's Curious City lets the public choose the stories we cover. You sound off on what's got you curious about Chicago, the region and its people and WBEZ works with you to get answers. Our investigations can morph into videos, comics, long-form articles and — yep—radio stories. This podcast serves up a steamy buffet of questions and answers we've found along the way. You can submit your questions and follow what we're up to at curiouscity.wbez.org.
Curious City

Curious City

From WBEZ Chicago

WBEZ's Curious City lets the public choose the stories we cover. You sound off on what's got you curious about Chicago, the region and its people and WBEZ works with you to get answers. Our investigations can morph into videos, comics, long-form articles and — yep—radio stories. This podcast serves up a steamy buffet of questions and answers we've found along the way. You can submit your questions and follow what we're up to at curiouscity.wbez.org.

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Why Chicago Had Race Riots During The 'Red Summer' Of 1919

Long-brewing racial tensions came to a head one hot summer day, when a black boy was drowned near a whites-only beach.

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It smells like garbage and gym shoes, but, surprisingly, the city's geographic center says a lot about Chicago's soul.

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Use our handy guide to determine which Chicago beaches are safe for swimming, and when to proceed with caution.

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Dozens of unconnected fast food joints serve up the same popular Chicago cheeseburger under the same name. Where did it all begin?

Did City Officials Know About The Manhattan Project's Work In Chicago?

A key experiment in the development of the atom bomb was hidden in plain sight on University of Chicago's campus. Who was in on the secret?

Did City Officials Know About The Manhattan Project's Work In Chicago?

Here's Harold! (The Robot Edition)

The DuSable Museum says — creepy or not — its Harold Washington robot will teach you a thing or two about the city's first African-American mayor.

How Is Chicago Doing On Its Ambitious 2020 Climate Goals?

Back in 2008, Mayor Richard M. Daley's plan to make Chicago "the greenest city in America" by 2020 made national news. How's that going?

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From Vienna Beef To PBR: Five Food And Drink Legacies Of The 1893 World's Fair

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