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What’s street cleaning really good for?
Nov. 21, 2013
A curious Chicagoan wanted City Hall to make a case that street cleaning’s on the up and up. Are you convinced?
When Chicago phone numbers had letters
Nov. 12, 2013
Smartphones making it hard for you to remember phone numbers? Well, there was a time when a Chicagoan would use numbers and a few letters to dial up a buddy. A map didn’t hurt, either!
Hospital to get second life?
Nov. 5, 2013
A Curious Citizen wonders whether some kind of resuscitation is in order for the old Cook County Hospital. And, how daunting could that be?
Neon no more: Lincoln Avenue's motel row
Oct. 31, 2013
Here’s the evolution of the Lincoln Avenue motels, from sensible to seedy to retro spectacle.
Reporter's notebook: Phone numbers' evolution
Oct. 29, 2013
There was a time when dialing a friend in Chicago didn't require an area code, but it
require knowing your friend's
Follow our reporter's dive into the history of local telephone exchanges.
Flammable 'fire escapes'?
Oct. 25, 2013
Chicago is well-known for that big fire that destroyed the city. So why would we have a means of escape made of wood?
A ticket to the White City
Oct. 23, 2013
As the Field Museum celebrates Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, walk a mile in the shoes of a typical visitor. Sir or madam, what’s your pleasure: chewing gum, electricity or Mr. Ferris’ wheel?
Where to hunt in Chicago
Oct. 17, 2013
There are exactly two hunter-friendly oases in the city proper, but the city limits the game and the gun.
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