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Chicago History Podcast

From theater, music, sports, and architecture to true crime, disasters and the people behind it all, we discuss Chicago history and learn a little bit more about the greatest city in the world.

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Dec. 4, 2021

Episode 405 - Great Purolator Armored Express Heist, The

On October 20, 1974, one of the biggest heists in U.S. history happened here in Chicago. This is the story of the Great Purolator…

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Dec. 2, 2021

Episode 314-B - Beatles in Chicago: The Later Years with author John …

An EXTRAS episode - a few more stories about The Beatles in Chicago from John F. Lyons, author of "Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chi…

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Nov. 27, 2021

Episode 404 - "Beyond Chicago From The Air" with Geoffrey Baer and Ed…

In November of 2020, Chicago’s WTTW debuted a new special called Chicago From The Air , narrated by Geoffrey Baer and produced by…

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Nov. 20, 2021

Episode 403 - Jack Johnson and Cafe de Champion

Jack Johnson not only became the first African American heavyweight championship boxer but who also lived (and loved) in Chicago …

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Nov. 13, 2021

Episode 402 - Summerdale Police Scandal, The

2020 marked the 60th anniversary of one of the biggest stories of police misconduct Chicago had ever seen up until then, shocking…

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Nov. 6, 2021

Episode 401 - Sinking of the Lady Elgin, The

There are approximately 1,500 shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Of those lost, none resulted in as great a loss of life …

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