Curious City

Series produced by WBEZ

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Got a question about Chicago, the region or the people who live here? Anything you’ve always wondered about, found peculiar or downright confusing? Ask questions, vote, discover answers. It’s your Curious City.

Waiting for the CTA ... lost in thought while walking downtown ... sometime during lather, rinse, repeat. Those in-between moments when our brains aren’t forced into focus are ripe for pondering the whys, what-ifs and how-comes. WBEZ’s Curious City is the place your brain can release all those fleeting questions. There are two ways your questions can turn into stories.

Beyond wondering about what you wonder about, Curious City is a journalistic experiment to get to the bottom of some hard questions. What happens when WBEZ invites the public to assign us stories? What could more transparency and audience involvement look like, and how are journalists and journalism changed by it? And does anyone actually care to know how the media they consume is made? In the process, we aim to track down and deliver answers to as many of your questions as we can.

Learn more and ask your own question at curiouscity.wbez.org
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Waiting for the CTA ... lost in thought while walking downtown ... sometime during lather, rinse, repeat. Those in-between moments when our brains aren’t forced into focus are ripe for pondering the whys, what-ifs and how-comes. WBEZ’s Curious City is the place your brain can release all those fleeting questions. There are two ways your questions can turn into stories. Beyond wondering about what you wonder about, Curious City is a journalistic experiment to get to the bottom of some hard questions. What happens when WBEZ invites the public to assign us stories? What could more transparency and audience involvement look like, and how are journalists and journalism changed by it? And does anyone actually care to know how the media they consume is made? In the process, we aim to track... Show full description


16 Pieces

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Chi-town manufacturing hasn’t disappeared, you just have to know where to look for it.

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 06:53
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Pregnancy tests? Pigeon poo? What Chicago aldermen really do One frustrated Chicagoan wondered what her alderman’s responsible for

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 11:45
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The area’s so flat that every bunny hill seems a candidate. But, no, really — where is it?

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 06:53
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How similar are African-American accents? For one commenter, not as close as we’d suggested

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2013
  • Length: 09:12
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Um, No. But did the Manhattan Project’s Enrico Fermi consider the risk to Chicago?

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2013
  • Length: 10:03
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Working for change on Chicago’s sidewalks

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2013
  • Length: 10:18
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Caption: Aladdin's Castle, Credit: Chuck Wlodarcyk
Investigating a historic Chicago amusement park.

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2013
  • Length: 10:00
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Caption: Dunning Memorial Gate, Credit: Shawn Allee
The forgotten history of an asylum and poor house on Chicago's northwest side.

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2013
  • Length: 09:53
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A post-industrial neighborhood considers whether to market its history ... or start a Pullman 2.0

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2013
  • Length: 09:21
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Caption: A snippet of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel, Credit: Erik Nelson Rodriguez/The Illustrated Press
A Curious Citizen had a hunch there might be tunnels lurking beneath Chicago’s downtown. She had no idea how right she was.

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2013
  • Length: 09:32
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Caption: What's that smell?, Credit: Jennifer Brandel/WBEZ
While playing with her kids at the Archer Park playground in Chicago, Juliet Martinez caught the distinct fragrance of silly putty.

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2013
  • Length: 21:32
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Rachel Kimura asked us to gather stories of old diners around Chicago ... and in the process of getting those, we couldn't help but wonder: how did...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2013
  • Length: 09:32
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Caption: Teach a man to read, he still can't catch dinner. , Credit: (WBEZ/Tanveer Ali)
Even in this digital information age, local libraries still manage to be busy slinging books. But what else can you check-out there? Turns out a wh...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2013
  • Length: 06:26
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Caption: Dat Donut in Chatham, Credit: Logan Jaffe
An anonymous listener asked Curious City: "Does Chicago have any more privately-owned doughnut shops, and which is the best?"

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2013
  • Length: 10:01
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Chicagoan Leanne Roddy asked WBEZ's Curious City this question: "I've heard there are parrots on the South Side of Chicago, and I was wondering whe...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2013
  • Length: 07:20
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Caption: Chicago From Above, Credit: Wakedog via Flickr
Curious Citizen Andrew Wambach wanted to know: Is Chicago ready for another supertall skyscraper? If so, when?

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2013
  • Length: 06:27
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