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Curious City

Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.

WBEZ’s Curious City series is an ongoing news experiment at WBEZ, online and on the radio dial around Chicago at 91.5 FM. Our mission is to include the public in editorial decision-making, make journalism more transparent and strengthen multimedia coverage about Chicago, the surrounding region and its people (past or present).

Curious City airs on Thursdays during All Things Considered on WBEZ

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Major construction projects from more than 50 years ago left behind large pits in the ground. Many have since been converted into beloved fishing lakes.
In Chicago’s early days, Irish pubs were part cultural center and social service agency. Today, many are the product of marketing genius.
The Baháʼí House of Worship stands in contrast to its suburban surroundings. Known as the holiest Baháʼí temple, it’s also the oldest in the world.
The show began in 2012 as a project that asked listeners what they wanted to know and leveraged the power of a newsroom to bring them answers.
It’s rare to find a library book more than 200 years old still in circulation. How does a title avoid the “weeding” process?
The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 turned Chicago from a destination to a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Chicago’s geological history stretches back more than 400 million years. The region was once an underwater reef and, later, covered in ice.
Native Americans have always lived in Chicago, but in the mid-20th century they established a cultural enclave in Uptown, anchored by community centers and social connections.

WBEZ’s Curious City series is an ongoing news experiment at WBEZ, online and on the radio dial around Chicago at 91.5 FM. Our mission is to include the public in editorial decision-making, make journalism more transparent and strengthen multimedia coverage about Chicago, the surrounding region and its people (past or present).

Curious City airs on Thursdays during All Things Considered on WBEZ

Recent
Major construction projects from more than 50 years ago left behind large pits in the ground. Many have since been converted into beloved fishing lakes.
In Chicago’s early days, Irish pubs were part cultural center and social service agency. Today, many are the product of marketing genius.
The Baháʼí House of Worship stands in contrast to its suburban surroundings. Known as the holiest Baháʼí temple, it’s also the oldest in the world.
The show began in 2012 as a project that asked listeners what they wanted to know and leveraged the power of a newsroom to bring them answers.
It’s rare to find a library book more than 200 years old still in circulation. How does a title avoid the “weeding” process?
The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 turned Chicago from a destination to a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Chicago’s geological history stretches back more than 400 million years. The region was once an underwater reef and, later, covered in ice.
Native Americans have always lived in Chicago, but in the mid-20th century they established a cultural enclave in Uptown, anchored by community centers and social connections.