the universe is expanding.

So, when is it Jane Byrne's turn?

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Plenty to check out here: a timeline of which other Chicago mayors have roads, buildings or schools named after them; a recap of Byrne’s career; and an interview where she explains how she was treated by a chauvinist press corps. 

Check out this story I did with my pal Tricia Bobeda on Chicago’s first and only lady mayor, Jane Byrne. Stay tuned for more…

Turns out, ski ballet used to be a thing

Tavi Gevinson nerds out about Rookie, music, art and gives stellar homework

Geek dream fulfilled: Tavi, Tricia and I log some real serious fangirling minutes about Beyonce, mainstream culture and other things.

And if you didn’t know already, Tavi is brilliant. Best wishes to her in her gap year, adventures with Rookie and beyond!

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Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of rookiemag, has a budding media empire that celebrates unabashed enthusiasm. She talks about the music, TV and more that she’s obsessing over lately. Plus she gives homework. (Which she’s still very familiar with.) Did we mention she’s still in high school? And that we want to be her when we grow up?

Thanks for listening and sharing!

Nerdette Podcast is on: iTunes | Stitcher | SoundCloud

Iris Apfel defines style, among other things.

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Ever get a ticket in Chicago for parking your car or truck during street sweeping? Turns out, you’re not alone AT ALL.
The city’s collected at least $14 million dollars each year in ticket revenue over the past five years, just for street sweeping violations alone, according to data from the Department of Revenue. 
So far in 2013, drivers have paid the city $15,336,802 for not moving their vehicles during street cleaning.
And all that cash goes directly into the general fund. 

wbez:

Ever get a ticket in Chicago for parking your car or truck during street sweeping? Turns out, you’re not alone AT ALL.

The city’s collected at least $14 million dollars each year in ticket revenue over the past five years, just for street sweeping violations alone, according to data from the Department of Revenue. 

So far in 2013, drivers have paid the city $15,336,802 for not moving their vehicles during street cleaning.

And all that cash goes directly into the general fund. 

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150 years after President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, President Obama penned a handwritten tribute to President Lincoln’s historic remarks.

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150 years after President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, President Obama penned a handwritten tribute to President Lincoln’s historic remarks.

My curious city adventure takes me to the streets! Clean streets, that is. @wbezchicago

WBEZ - Chicago: CURIOUS CITY SWEEPS: Curious City investigates the world of street-sweeping

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Here’s what Curious City’s been up to lately: Let’s just say we’re lookin’ for a “clean sweep” when it comes to answering a question from Dan Costalis.

Chicago street cleaner

The Question:

What’s the deal with street cleaning? Does it actually do anything?

More about Dan:

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He’s a web developer who lives in West Lakeview. He actually doesn’t have a car, but his girlfriend (pictured with him) does, and he says she’s constantly stressed out about getting tickets during street-sweeping. Dan also has a buddy that he says got a ticket because the city put signs up after he’d parked his car. That got him thinking: How the heck does this all work? Is this just a revenue generator, or are those streets actually getting squeaky clean?

Enter ‘The Reporter’:

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General Assignment reporter Lauren Chooljian is using the quotation marks here because they look kinda legit — which hopefully cancels out the total geek vibe emanating from the pledge drive selfie above. Anyway, she’s reported on transportation for Curious City before, so she and Dan are the perfect match for this investigation. Somehow, her Curious City stories always end up being truck-related, but she sees that as more of a blessing than a curse. Lauren has a car in the city - a beloved ‘99 Toyota Corolla that used to belong to her grandmother (Thanks, Nunny!), so she’s also conscious of the street-sweeping schedule.

Stick with WBEZ on tumblr and on the air to see what Lauren and Dan find out! You can find more about Curious City on Facebook and Twitter, or on their homepage.