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What's That Building? McDonald's Oak Brook Headquarters

Take a look at McDonald’s university-like campus before it leaves its Oak Brook home and heads back to the city.
January 17, 2018


2 Illinois Governor Candidates Spend $26M In Last 3 Months

The race for Illinois governor could surpass the $112 million spent four years ago — and could approach the national record.
January 17, 2018
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
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
Nearly a million young people could be asked to leave the U.S. if lawmakers can’t find a new solution. Dalia Galvan Morales (left) and Irakere Picon (right) are two Chicagoans still helping others amid their own uncertain future.


2 Dreamers Discuss Helping Other Immigrants Amid Uncertainty

Here are the stories of two Dreamers in Chicago who help immigrants even as they face losing their own status.
January 17, 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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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
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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Making Oprah

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