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Who's watching from our bridges?
Sep. 26, 2013
A Curious Citizen from West Suburban River Forest is fascinated by bridge houses on Chicago's rivers, but he's just as interested to know who might be inside and what they do.
Biking in Chicago: Risky business?
Sep. 25, 2013
Our Curious Citizen wanted a point-by-point comparison to other modes of getting around. But just how close can we (or should we) get to that?
The origins of Chicago's sports mascots
Sep. 17, 2013
There are no known bear populations in the Chicago area - so why is the animal our football team mascot? We investigate the origins of Chicago's professional sports mascots to clear things up.
City comes up short on playground equity
Sep. 12, 2013
Our investigation shows that the Chicago Park District has a long way to go for children of color.
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.
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