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

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

    Why Are The Cicadas So Loud And Chicago’s Livestock

    Why Are The Cicadas So Loud And Chicago’s Livestock

    The cicadas seem really loud this year around one listener’s home. But are they louder than usual? Are there more of them? Producer Jason Marck finds out the answers. Plus, can you really keep pigs, goats, chickens and other livestock in your backyard in Chicago?

    • 14 min
    The White Sox Logo And How The Chicago Bears Got Their Nickname

    The White Sox Logo And How The Chicago Bears Got Their Nickname

    When a 22-year-old executive came up with the iconic White Sox logo, he probably never imagined it becoming a hip-hop fashion sensation. Nearly 27 years ago the White Sox debuted a look that would become iconic in pop culture. Producer Jesse Dukes traces its origins all the way back to 1948. And, ever wonder how the Chicago Bears, who don’t play near Midway Airport, ever got their nickname? Bears fan and reporter Araceli Gómez-Aldana tracks down the answer.

    • 14 min
    How Do Chicago’s Most Tenacious Weeds Grow?

    How Do Chicago’s Most Tenacious Weeds Grow?

    Tenacious weeds like buckthorn, milkweed and goldenrod grow everywhere in Chicago from railroad tracks to sidewalk cracks. Reporter Natalie Dalea finds out how they’ve adapted to survive city life. Plus what happens to all the landscaping along the Mag Mile after the summer is over.

    • 18 min
    A Chicago Historian Tackles Your Questions About The City

    A Chicago Historian Tackles Your Questions About The City

    Historian Dominic Pacyga shares his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago history and answers questions about everything from breweries to slaughterhouses. Plus, reporter Monica Eng brings us a story from Ed Kramer, who, as an eighth grader in 1941 took a field trip with his class to visit the stockyards. Yep, Chicago school kids used to do that.

    • 16 min
    Chicago’s Fishing Industry And Some Stargazing Spots

    Chicago’s Fishing Industry And Some Stargazing Spots

    Chicago once had a booming commercial fishing industry. Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp is one of the last vestiges of that industry--serving up all kinds of fish that hasn't actually been caught in Lake Michigan. Reporter Jessica Pupovac finds out why that’s the case. Plus, producers Logan Jaffe and Jesse Dukes look for the best stargazing spots around Chicago. Turns out Lake Michigan offers one of them.

    • 16 min
    Chicago’s Steak And Lemonade Combo And Those Structures On The Lake

    Chicago’s Steak And Lemonade Combo And Those Structures On The Lake

    The beef sandwich and slushy drink combo are sold together all across the South and West sides of Chicago. Reporter Monica Eng tracks down the guy who put the two together. Then, she answers a question about what those mysterious structures out on Lake Michigan actually do.

    • 13 min

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