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Curious City

What Are The Costs Of Chicago’s Air And Water Show?

The city says the show generates millions of dollars in business. But some listeners wonder whether it’s worth the environmental costs.
August 11, 2018
Chicago Public Schools, pre-school, Susie An/WBEZ


Just 24 Percent Of Illinois Kindergartners Ready For School

A new look at Illinois kindergarteners finds most students are behind in language, math and social and emotional development.
August 13, 2018
Harold Washington College


Joffrey Ballet Partnering With City Colleges To Create Dance Degree

The Loop’s Harold Washington College is adding an associate’s degree in dance, the only program of its kind in the city.
August 13, 2018
The Advanced Photon Source, located at Argonne National Laboratory, in Illinois


Is The Real-Life Upside Down At The Argonne National Laboratory?

No, but Tricia and Greta did see a lot of cool science going down at the high-security facility.
August 10, 2018

Morning Shift

An Oral History Of Chicago’s Riverwalk With Architect Carol Ross Barney

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced plans for a $10 million revamp of Chicago’s Riverwalk, the 1.25 mile stretch of riverfront developm...
August 13, 2018
Actor John David Washington poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, France, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.


‘Hate Has A History Of Reinventing Itself,’ Says Star Of ‘BlacKkKlansman’

John David Washington plays an African-American police officer who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in the ’70s.
August 10, 2018
An illustration of a road with one of Elon Musk's proposed vehicles speeding along it


How Elon Musk's O'Hare Express Got The Fast Track In Chicago

Musk wanted to build a high-speed service. In Chicago, he found a mayor willing to help.
August 9, 2018
A butter cow on a blue background with hand-drawn white arrows pointing at it


How To Build A Cow Out Of Butter

Sculpting a cow from butter is a beloved state fair tradition. This is how it's done.
August 7, 2018
The office of the city clerk, which manages Chicago’s vehicle sticker program.


What’s Chicago Doing About Duplicate Sticker Tickets?

Seven weeks after the city pledged to address the issue, drivers are still on the hook – and mayoral candidates are taking notice.
August 9, 2018
Chicago Violence

Morning Edition

Chicago Battles Its Image As Murder Capital Of The Nation

Despite news about violence in Chicago, the city's crime rate is well below other cities.
August 10, 2018
The National Teachers Academy elementary school at 55 W. Cermak Rd. in Chicago is slated to convert next year into a high school serving students on the Near South Side.


High Demand For Seats In New South Loop High School

Near South Side parents want guaranteed spots in the long-awaited school while surrounding schools struggle with declining enrollment.
August 8, 2018
2 Young Mariachis

Morning Shift

Chicago Teens Climb Billboard Charts With Newest Mariachi Album

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico brings the mariachi music to the Billboard charts while staying true to their roots.
August 9, 2018

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