Lowell Wyse moved to Chicago's North Side neighborhood Rogers Park from Kansas, and couldn't help marveling at the area's international mix. He wonders what role the city plays in settling international refugees, and if that has anything to do with his neighborhood being so diverse. WBEZ's Odette Yousef investigates.
Last week, Curious City had its first live event: a trivia bowl! We answered 10 questions from our growing pile. They included: how much does the city spend on ornamental planting, where’s the oldest sidewalk in Chicago and why is Ketchup strictly forbidden on Chicago-style hot dogs. They all had one thing in common: the questions came from you!
While the political wrangling over Prairie State retirement systems continues (just Google “Squeezy” and “pensions” for the latest twist), Illinois teacher Milt Walp asks why he doesn’t have have an obvious backup.
Turns out, a lot goes into the labels Chicagoans slap on their corners of the city. We have two stories about how this plays out, including one by an Edgewater resident who asked why her own ‘hood is often divided into six.
The city’s home to more wildlife than the usual suspects (we’re talking ‘bout you, Mr. Squirrel). Lace up your boots, folks. To find lizards, osprey and cactus (oh, yes!) we’ll be heading far off the Mag Mile.
Curious citizen Milt Walp is a teacher who's currently on disability. He's curious to know why Illinois has its retired government employees rely on a state-funded pension system rather the federally-funded Social Security program. He hopes the intentions behind this decision were good. We'll find out soon!