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    • 4.7 • 547 Ratings

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

    Watch out, big grocery chains – co-ops are coming

    Watch out, big grocery chains – co-ops are coming

    Unlike other cities and towns in the Midwest, food co-ops never really caught on in Chicago. But with grocery chain mega mergers and the sky-high price of food, there's been a big uptick in interest for co-ops. We'll tell you the history behind co-ops, take you inside some that are already operating and tell you about several that are in the works.

    • 15 min
    How Devon Avenue Became Chicago’s Little India

    How Devon Avenue Became Chicago’s Little India

    Devon Avenue has long been known as Little India, but the diverse West Ridge strip has become home for many and is still evolving today.

    • 16 min
    Lions and tigers and Chicagoans! How we all stay warm through Chicago winters

    Lions and tigers and Chicagoans! How we all stay warm through Chicago winters

    We've been experiencing some warm days in and around Chicago. But winter is coming. This week, we've got a couple of classic Curious City stories about staying warm. One features folks who work outside during the bitter Chicago winters, the other features some furry friends from the Lincoln Park Zoo.

    • 14 min
    We answer your questions about voting for judges

    We answer your questions about voting for judges

    It’s election season. And Injustice Watch’s Maya Dukmasova joins us to answer your last-minute questions about that lengthy part of the ballot lots of voters avoid: judges.

    • 15 min
    The Haunting of Rainbow Road in Barrington, Illinois

    The Haunting of Rainbow Road in Barrington, Illinois

    A house on Rainbow Road in Barrington, Illinois is shrouded in mystery. Former residents say they’ll never return. Some locals say memories of the property still chill their blood. So, what really happened at 92 Rainbow Road?

    • 24 min
    Chicago’s Golden Age of Pro Wrestling

    Chicago’s Golden Age of Pro Wrestling

    From carnival shows to the early days of television. In this week’s episode: How pro wrestling grew up in America and had a flashy, sporty heyday in Chicago.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
547 Ratings

547 Ratings

CR Barrett ,

Interesting Stories

I grew up in Chicago in the 1950s and 60s. I love Chicago history and you bring it to life in just a few minutes. The story of Dunning hit home. I took psychiatric nursing there in 1966. My father's aunt was a patient there until it closed and she was placed in a nursing home. Thanks for telling the stories that would be forgotten.

ETHS 73 ,

Member of Chicago diaspora

Great stories about the real Chicago-merci

da real savannah ,

Tennessee listener

I never heard this podcast before and I thought about giving it a try because I’m going to Chicago one day when I grow up.
Savannah grace Birchfield, 16 years old. I was born in Pensacola, Florida on October 12, 2005.

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