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Reporter's Notebook: From neon to newsprint
Sep. 10, 2013
Nicole Kirkwood from Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood wants to know why the strip of “seedy” motels on Lincoln Avenue was built and how they all survive.
Jane Addams and the ‘L word’
Sep. 5, 2013
The Progressive Era activist was many things: a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a social reformer, a feminist. But what about ... a lesbian? And, just why should we know in the first place?
Untangling Chicago TIFs
Sep. 4, 2013
One Curious Citizen asked about a complicated economic development tool. We dug out our box of Sharpies.
Chicago: A home fit for wild parrots
Aug. 29, 2013
Since 1973, a raucous bunch of day-glo wild parrots has called the Midwest — specifically Chicago’s Hyde Park — home. Here’s how they arrived, and why they stuck around despite our winters.
Trouble with taxis
Aug. 26, 2013
Dan Monaghan from Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood wants to know what the most common citations for taxicabs are — that is, when they actually get pulled over.
Hunting for Chicago’s best doughnut shops
Aug. 21, 2013
Curious City finds the city’s best doughnut spot, while Dunkin’s former CEO spills the secret to the chain’s growth here.
Searching for Chicago’s parrots
Aug. 16, 2013
As we search for wild parrots, we collect a visual menagerie of responses about where the critters live and how to find them.
How Chicago solves smelly mysteries
Aug. 15, 2013
While we look for the source of a wayward smell we learn how noxious neighborhood odors attract “official” investigations and how smell mysteries are (sometimes) solved.
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