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    Why Are There So Many Thai Restaurants In Chicago?

    Why Are There So Many Thai Restaurants In Chicago?

    This week we hear why Chicago has so many Thai restaurants and a renowned Thai chef offers up some tips for how to get the full experience of Thai cuisine. Hint: no chopsticks.

    • 14 min
    Did All Chicagoans Support The Civil War?

    Did All Chicagoans Support The Civil War?

    In this week’s episode we revisit a question we first answered in 2018. What was Chicago’s response to the Civil War? Chicagoans support for the war was actually quite varied and changed as the war progressed. To answer the question we focus on the experience of Irish Americans and African-Americans and look at how the war went from popular to controversial in Chicago in just a few years.

    • 16 min
    Why The 1992 Loop Flood Is The Most Chicago Story Ever

    Why The 1992 Loop Flood Is The Most Chicago Story Ever

    On April 13, 1992, Chicago was struck by a man-made natural disaster. The Great Chicago Flood of 1992 occurred completely underground and, fortunately, nobody was hurt — but several factors make it one of the most Chicago stories ever. In this episode from the archives, hear how clout, corruption, and construction without permits led to half the Loop being evacuated.

    • 13 min
    Here Are The Winners Of The 2020 Haiku Contest

    Here Are The Winners Of The 2020 Haiku Contest

    It’s the last day of 2020, which means we’re revealing the winners of our 2020 Haiku Contest. Plus, hear an interview from our friends at Reset, WBEZ’s daily talk show. In a multimedia project titled “The River Speaks,” a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago gives a unique personality to each of the six branches of the Chicago River.

    • 23 min
    A Different Perspective On Our Story About The Walnut Room

    A Different Perspective On Our Story About The Walnut Room

    In a response to our recent episode about the Walnut Room, listener Joyce Miller Bean shares her family’s experience of racism and discrimination when visiting Marshall Field’s in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

    • 14 min
    What’s Up With All The Geese In Chicago?

    What’s Up With All The Geese In Chicago?

    Maybe you find them annoying or maybe not, but one thing is certain: Chicago’s got a lot of geese. So this week we’re taking on your geese questions, from why they’re here to techniques for controlling their population.

    • 11 min

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Or if you just like history and human interest stories! Every episode of this podcast has a fun or interesting story about Chicago, its geography, its people, its history, etc. I love to learn about the great city in which I live, and there are a huge range of topics covered, so I’m always getting something new. Really love it and I recommend it to my friends!

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