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    • 4.6 • 612 Ratings

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

    Reflecting On More Than 10 Years Of Curious City

    Reflecting On More Than 10 Years Of Curious City

    As Curious City goes through some changes, we take some time to look back and reflect on more than a decade of answering listeners' questions and lessons learned over the years.

    • 5 min
    What’s The Oldest Book In Circulation At The Chicago Public Library?

    What’s The Oldest Book In Circulation At The Chicago Public Library?

    We go searching for the oldest book in circulation at the library, and find out how a title avoids the book “weeding” process.

    • 7 min
    The Underground Railroad Existed Throughout Illinois, Including In Chicago

    The Underground Railroad Existed Throughout Illinois, Including In Chicago

    It's difficult to find records of Underground Railroad activity in Chicago because the work was inherently dangerous. But some historical documents offer a glimpse.

    • 5 min
    Did Dinosaurs Ever Live In Chicago?

    Did Dinosaurs Ever Live In Chicago?

    We went digging for dinosaur bones in Chicago and found a bunch of other fossils along the way. We explore the region's prehistoric activity, and we’ll hear about that one time a federal judge found a mastodon in his yard.

    • 16 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
612 Ratings

612 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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