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

    Was There A Burial Mound In Chicago Shaped Like A Lizard?

    Was There A Burial Mound In Chicago Shaped Like A Lizard?

    A listener noticed an odd detail on an old map. Curious City investigated whether it was the site of an ancient burial mound.

    • 12 min
    Sculpting History: Who Decides What Historical Markers Go Up In Chicago?

    Sculpting History: Who Decides What Historical Markers Go Up In Chicago?

    As statues are removed in cities across the United States, we revisit a story about what it takes to get one put up in the first place.

    • 11 min
    The Story Behind “Go Cubs Go” And The Man Who Wrote It

    The Story Behind “Go Cubs Go” And The Man Who Wrote It

    Folk singer Steve Goodman grew up going to Cubs games, and this diehard fan had a lifelong goal—to write a hit song about baseball.

    • 20 min
    How Often Should I Wash My Mask? And More Of Your Questions About Face Masks

    How Often Should I Wash My Mask? And More Of Your Questions About Face Masks

    From office use to wearing them outdoors, we clear up some of your lingering confusions about face masks.

    • 5 min
    Protest Art Has Covered Boarded Up Businesses — Will It Be Preserved?

    Protest Art Has Covered Boarded Up Businesses — Will It Be Preserved?

    Plywood boards on storefronts became canvases during the protests over the killing of George Floyd. One Chicagoan wonders what will happen to the art now.

    • 11 min
    Why Are There So Many Music Venues In Uptown?

    Why Are There So Many Music Venues In Uptown?

    A rising population, developing landscape and evolving entertainment all helped form a need for the Chicago music venues we know today.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
417 Ratings

417 Ratings

Mr.Gal ,

Great city specific podcast for infrastructure nerds

This is a great podcast for anybody who’s ever lived in, or loved Chicago. And a lot of the stories will be interesting to folks who don’t have a deep link to Chicago, because they talk about the hidden side of things that are common to all cities. Infrastructure nerds from everywhere will love a lot of the episodes about how a city functions.

Smackjacks ,

So In Love

I’ve almost finished bingeing all the episodes since I’ve discovered the show. It’s just more proof that Chicago is the best big city & the research is amazingly well thought out

Sir Geometric ,

Terrible music production

That song that starts of “I was born on the south side”, is the worst 10 second snippet of production I have ever heard. It’s embarrassing.

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