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Hosting the Enemy: Our WWII POW camps
Dec. 10, 2013
Daring escapes, unexpected romance and more true stories from German prisoners held in our area.
Water fight! Lake Michigan vs. Chicago River
Dec. 5, 2013
A friendly bar debate turns into a Curious City smackdown that you can participate in, too.
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 are so many of its fire escapes made of wood?
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