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Curious City

How Pollution Seeped Into The Lives Of East Chicago Residents

When pollution invaded Ezell Foster’s East Chicago neighborhood, he found himself stuck between industry and a bureaucracy.
June 16, 2018
Hamilton House


Retired Homicide Detective Builds A Family Of Foster Kids

Over 70 foster children have found a home — and a father — at this retired homicide detective’s Chicago home.
June 15, 2018
A sign at Humboldt Park Beach tells swimmers about the yellow flag atop the lifeguard stand on May 28, 2018.


Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?

Fecal bacteria at 12th Street Beach skyrocketed Sunday — exceeding federal warning levels by nearly 100 times — but the beach wasn’t closed.
June 15, 2018
Artist John Preus with a shelf created from furniture he got from Chicago's closed public schools.


Furniture From Closed CPS Schools Ends Up In Surprising Places

A teacher’s angry email about online ad for school furniture leads our reporter to a warehouse of furniture and a gallery of art.
June 15, 2018
Dame Stephanie Shirley changed her name to Steve Shirley shortly after starting her software business in the early 1960s. "It was my first bit of strategic marketing," she says. (Photo courtesy of Dame Steve Shirley / Illustration by Paula Friedrich)


Breaking The Tech Industry’s Glass Ceiling … In 1962

“We were memorable,” says Dame Steve Shirley of her female-majority software company that broke into the tech boys club.
June 15, 2018
The front of the Admiral Theatre, on Lawrence Avenue just east of Pulaski Road, in June 2018.

Morning Shift

What's That Building? Admiral Theatre

The place where adult film star Stormy Daniels’ tour stops in Chicago was once a vaudeville, a movie house, and a cartoons-only theater.
June 14, 2018

Featured Events

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring against Paraguay at a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, March 28, 2017.


8 Great Places To Watch World Cup 2018 In Chicago

What’s that in the distance? A vuvuzela? Yup, the World Cup is coming, and there are plenty of awesome places in Chicago to watch the games.
June 14, 2018
Carl Reimann on the night of his arrest in 1972 (left) and more recently (right). Reimann was paroled in April at the age of 77. (Images via the Kendall County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois Department of Corrections)


State Struggling To House Paroled Prisoner As Communities Push Him Out

Carl Reimann’s advocates say he’s reformed, but neighborhoods haven't been open to housing the paroled murderer.
June 12, 2018

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