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

    What Happened To Chicago’s Native American Neighborhood?

    What Happened To Chicago’s Native American Neighborhood?

    Chicago has enclaves for numerous communities throughout its 77 neighborhoods. In the mid-20th century, Uptown was the nucleus for Native Americans who relocated to the city. Learn how Uptown became a cultural hub and what happened to that enclave.

    • 19 min
    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery: History, Hauntings, and Preservation

    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery: History, Hauntings, and Preservation

    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Midlothian is rumored to be haunted with alleged sightings of a woman in white. But there’s more to this place than spooky stories. Learn about the early settlers who called this place home and why a historian worries the ghost stories are overshadowing the history here.

    • 17 min
    The Curious Case Of The Swami Vivekananda Way Street Sign

    The Curious Case Of The Swami Vivekananda Way Street Sign

    Kids in India learn about Swami Vivekananda like kids in the U.S. learn about Abraham Lincoln. So how is it that he has his own honorary Chicago street sign? Find out about the monk who introduced Hinduism to the West, his deep ties to the city, and...what exactly happened to that sign.

    • 23 min
    Is This Your Card? A Brief History Of Chicago-style Magic

    Is This Your Card? A Brief History Of Chicago-style Magic

    Chicago-style magic is close up, funny and usually performed at a bar or restaurant. We learn about its history and talk to several magicians who are part of the tradition.

    • 23 min
    The Mayor, The Prince, and the Gift That Invaded Japan’s Biggest Lake

    The Mayor, The Prince, and the Gift That Invaded Japan’s Biggest Lake

    In October 1960, Prince Akihito of Japan visited Chicago for 21 hours. Chicago’s mayor presented the prince with a diplomatic gift: 18 bluegill. What happened next would change the underwater world of Japan forever.

    • 15 min
    Who’s A Good Boy: A Look At Chicago’s Top Dog Breeds

    Who’s A Good Boy: A Look At Chicago’s Top Dog Breeds

    Pit bulls are the number one dog breed in Chicago. We take a trip to the animal shelter to find out why, and we follow one pup as he attempts to find a forever home.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
613 Ratings

613 Ratings

CubanMuse ,

Highly recommended!

I appreciate all the good work you put in to make an awesome podcast, it helps people like me to learn more about history, urban legends, and historical events/places. 🇨🇺🇺🇸

Disappointed on the NW side ,

Barbie & Ken ride a snow plow

I have to admit this show runs hot and cold. Either the topic is great or it’s kinda stupid. But the Snow Plow driver show was a new category. It was like listening to two high schoolers in a media class. I didn’t even get the whole way thru. “Gee whiz! That snow sure can get cold and you didn’t even wear gloves. Thee hee hee.”

eb ramírez ,

Informative

Love learning something new

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