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Shawn Allee
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We followed up on our earlier report about Chicago's red "X" program and found more news: It looks like the city couldn't find more money for the controversial program, and is quietly phasing it out.

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Never got a #tattoo   in my life, but maybe I'm regretting it? Or, at least I didn't know about a fascinating episode in #Chicago tattoo history. Learn about a time when there was just ONE legal parlor in the city, and how an innovative artist weathered the storm. +WBEZ +Logan Jaffe Full story and archival photos, too: http://wbez.is/1mvXLQs

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Wonder why #Chicago other #Illinois cities use the word "alderman" for official titles, as opposed to more inclusive alternatives? Here's an explainer and a story about what happened when this was taken up at the state level. Thanks to my +WBEZ colleagues, as well as +Jennifer Brandel and +Tanveer Ali for research!

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Think Chicago's tattoo scene's has been static (and crowded) for decades? Thing again. There was a short time in the early 70s when the entire city had just ONE shop, led by tattoo artist icon Cliff Raven. Learn more from +WBEZ 's +Logan Jaffe :
http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/tale-chicagos-tattoo-holdout-110185

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Love #pinball ? Love #Chicago ? Well, it turns out the two have been intertwined for decades. Learn (and soak in) all that's Chicago in the pinball industry: manufacturing, art and the people.
 Thanks to +WBEZ 's very own +Mickey Capper 

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Learn why a peculiar water pump in a Chicago forest preserve draws the thirsty, the faithful and the curious. Thanks to my +WBEZ colleagues +Chris Bentley and +Logan Jaffe for the shots!

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Just what the heck happened to Chicago's O'Hare Airport? After all, there are Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5. A quick-hit, but interesting answer from +WBEZ 's +Yolanda Perdomo
http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/ohares-ghost-terminal-4-109632

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A fair question, I think, since we complain about the cold quite a bit!
Chicagoans! +WBEZ's #CuriousCity  needs your help! Tell us on our Tumblr what makes one Chicago winter "worse" than another.  #chicagowintersinvestigation

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Love that +WBEZ 's Curious City looked at why the biggest, most familiar retailers sometimes choose to occupy old-ish buildings in Chicago instead of building their familiar suburban-style stores. What do they consider? http://goo.gl/jzfbAW  (Image: flickr/Chris Smith)
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