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A visitor looks at Grant Wood's American Gothic, left, Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in the new American Art galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Curious City

6 Curious City Stories To Read For Museum Week

Brush up your knowledge of some of the Chicago institutions offering discounted fares as part of Museum Week, which runs Jan. 18 to Jan. 26.
January 16, 2018
Dr. Kathy Tossas-Milligan (left), an epidemiologist with the University of Illinois​ at Chicago, interviews Yolanda Flowers as part of a pilot project to study the high infant mortality rate in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. (Miles Bryan/WBEZ)


A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality

Health professionals from Cuba—a country that does a good job keeping babies healthy on a tight budget—helped out their peers in Chicago.
January 15, 2018
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Curious City

Why Aren't There More Statues Of Women In Chicago?

Statues of historic men can be found throughout Chicago’s parks and plazas. But one Curious Citizen wonders, "Where are all the women?"
January 13, 2018
A judge said she is puzzled by some of the legal positions taken by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and doesn't know when she might schedule his trial.


Manafort Case Drags As Judge Puzzles Over Legal Positions

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may not face trial until fall. The judge says she's befuddled about some of his arguments.
January 16, 2018
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How Cops Escape Discipline For Shootings In Suburban Chicago

There have been at least 113 police shootings in suburban Cook County since 2005. Not officer lost his or her job or faced criminal charges.
January 8, 2018
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Studs Terkel's 1963 Train Ride to Washington

Some 800 Chicagoans traveled to D.C. by train in 1963 for Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. Studs Terkel went with them.
January 16, 2015
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Chicago Schools Chief Pledges Major Changes To Special Education

This comes after a WBEZ investigation found a special education overhaul led to significant service cutbacks for children.
January 13, 2018
Activists outside the City Hall on Oct.10, 2017, protesting the Chicago Police Department's so-called gang database and the city of Chicago's plans for a $95 million training facility for police and fire recruits.


Young Activists Of Color Say Chicago Police Reform Efforts Fall Short

A year after the DOJ said Chicago police victimize young people of color, activists have joined to push their own solutions.
January 11, 2018
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Explore The Data: 113 Police Shootings In Cook County Suburbs

See the documents that were the basis of a WBEZ/Better Government Association investigation into police accountability.
January 11, 2018
Mike Simmons-Gessesse was interviewed by his sister, Aina Cambridge, at StoryCorps in Chicago.

StoryCorps Chicago

'There’s Something In Me That’s Lost And Is Being Reclaimed'

Two years ago, Mike Simmons-Gessesse quit his job to travel alone and learn more about his family tree.
January 11, 2018
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Curious City

15 Things You Can Actually Rent From The Field Museum

From a life-sized replica of a T. rex skull to fake bear feces, here are some notable items you can rent from the Field Museum.
January 3, 2018
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Curious City

Did The Art Institute Of Chicago Ever Rent Out Paintings?

Could people ever walk out of the Art Institute with a Monet in their backpack? Allow us to be your curator in this exhibit of curiosity.
January 2, 2018

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