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

    Who Wrote The Song About The Cow That Started The Great Chicago Fire?

    Who Wrote The Song About The Cow That Started The Great Chicago Fire?

    It’s sung everywhere from summer camps to soccer games. We dig into the song’s contested origins, and how it became such a hit.

    • 9 min
    From Chop Suey Houses To Saloons: What Was Chicago’s Foodie Scene Like In The Early 20th Century?

    From Chop Suey Houses To Saloons: What Was Chicago’s Foodie Scene Like In The Early 20th Century?

    From raw celery to “milk toast,” we explore the biggest food fads of the era — and the restaurants that served them.

    • 13 min
    Red Line To Your Heart: What Makes Chicago's Dating Scene Distinct?

    Red Line To Your Heart: What Makes Chicago's Dating Scene Distinct?

    We explore a phenomenon called “cuffing” and the (short) lengths Chicagoans will go for love.

    • 8 min
    Little Eddie's Field Trip: The Union Stock Yards Through the Eyes of an Eighth Grader

    Little Eddie's Field Trip: The Union Stock Yards Through the Eyes of an Eighth Grader

    Back in the 1940s, Chicago school kids took local field trips that would be unthinkable today.

    • 3 min
    Are Chicagoans True Midwesterners?

    Are Chicagoans True Midwesterners?

    Chicago is geographically in the Midwest. But many people believe that being “Midwestern” is something else entirely.

    • 8 min
    Chicago Winter Warmth Tips: From Extra Gloves To Hot Potatoes

    Chicago Winter Warmth Tips: From Extra Gloves To Hot Potatoes

    From mail carriers to photographers, we asked people who spend a lot of time in the cold how they stay warm.

    • 8 min

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Ida B Well episode is amazing

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A Guide Of Chicago For Chicagoans

I have lived by and eaten at a Nicky's for most of my life and without this show I don't think I ever would have truly appreciated the history and the story behind the place. In a time where the idea of neighborhoods and local oral history is eroding, this podcast helps fill that void by telling stories of places we take for granted and helping us find places we never would have known about.

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