Chicago Rat Tales: Live at the Hideout

Curious City took a trip to the “most rat-infested alley” in Chicago and heard from listeners about their traumatic rat encounters.

Curious City Ratfest thumb
Illustrations by Ellie Mejía
Curious City Ratfest thumb
Illustrations by Ellie Mejía

Chicago Rat Tales: Live at the Hideout

Curious City took a trip to the “most rat-infested alley” in Chicago and heard from listeners about their traumatic rat encounters.

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In December 2019, Curious City held an event at the Hideout that was all about Chicago’s most ubiquitous vermin: rats.

The event was inspired by a question Curious City received from then-12-year-old Justin Carrasco, a Cicero resident who wanted to know just how many rats call Chicago home.

To answer Justin’s question, the Curious City team took a trip to Lincoln Park to visit what’s been called “Chicago’s most rat-infested alley.”

We also heard from a number of listeners who shared some of their most traumatic rat encounters.

Click the audio player at the top of this page to hear all that and more.