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Rainbow Motel

Morning Shift

What's That Building? The Rainbow Motel

You can sleep in space, under the Eiffel Tower, or even in a giant sandwich at the Rainbow Motel on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
September 21, 2017
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Morning Shift

Why It’s So Hard To Find Male Mentors In Chicago

An official with Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago says finding mentors on the West and South sides is a struggle.
September 20, 2017
Nikol Szymul staffs a reception desk at Amazon offices in downtown Seattle. Online retail powerhouse Amazon is searching for a second headquarters location, which an official from Toronto has called "the Olympics of the corporate world."


Cities Try Convincing Amazon They're Ready

Chicago is among the many cities making a case for the online giant's second HQ. At stake: up to 50,000 jobs and billions in investments.
September 19, 2017

Editor’s List

Every Other Hour

WBEZ’s project takes on the question: In Chicago, who picks up a gun and why?
May 1, 2017
Arcade Games


Old Button-Mashing Arcades Come Back For A New Generation

"I know I didn't grow up with arcades but ... I enjoy talking with my dad about it and it's just something we bonded over," says one player.
September 18, 2017
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Curious City

Which Dances Were Invented In Chicago?

Don your dancing shoes as we track down the Chicago band members, musicians, and dancers who helped create five iconic moves.
September 17, 2017
Jennifer Panattoni speaks at the ACLU Illinois offices on Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017, in Chicago.


Suit: Pregnant Illinois Officer Forced To Take Unpaid Leave

A suburban Chicago police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging the police department refused to modify her duties when she became pregnant.
September 20, 2017
Volunteers remove rubble as they search for survivors in a flattened building in Mexico City on Wednesday.


Mexico Combs Rubble For Survivors; Earthquake Kills At Least 225

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake ravaged Central Mexico on Tuesday, leaving victims across Mexico City and five states.
September 20, 2017
The search for a diverse teaching force can be costly.


How One Group Is Working To Build A More Diverse Teaching Force

There are more nonwhite teachers than there used to be. But the nation's teaching force still doesn't look like America.
September 20, 2017
Hurricane Maria has already left the streets flooded in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, on Tuesday.


Hurricane Maria Weakens To A Cat. 4 As It Closes In On Puerto Rico

The National Hurricane Center says Maria is on track to reach the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico Wednesday morning.
September 20, 2017

Morning Shift

Cupich Says Church Has Limits In Protecting Undocumented Immigrants

Chicago's Archbishop told ‘Morning Shift’ that promising sanctuary to undocumented persons “would be making a promise we can’t keep.”
September 18, 2017
Nadia Sirota


The Viola And The Octopus: Nadia Sirota’s Two Loves

Violist Nadia Sirota talks about working with Kesha and why she spends so much time in aquariums.
September 15, 2017

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