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❓ Know Chicago history? Think again.

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

❓ Chicago Trivia Quiz Bowl

I usually love trivia, but I found the history quiz the Chicago Tribune put out for its 175th anniversary hard AF!

And I am a sore loser, one who has been known to flip a board game or two 😅But instead of dwelling on my low score — this time — I’ve decided to create my own Chicago trivia quiz (one that I think I would crush, FYI). 

Play along with me? I’ll reveal the answers Tuesday!

🎧 City Cast’s Jacoby Cochran and Carrie Shepherd took the Trib’s quiz and faced off.

👉 Need more trivia practice? NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” returns to the Studebaker Theater downtown Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

📰 Newsfeed

Ex-watchdog to study Chi government. Former Inspector General Joe Ferguson wants to open a nonprofit to further examine City Hall, City Council, and more. [Sun-Times; City Cast]

It’s heating up! As temps kick into the 90s and possibly the 100s this week, look back at summer heat trends in the city. [WGN]

More James Beard Award winners. Livestream the prestigious restaurant and chef awards, held at the Lyric Opera at 5:30 p.m. Media winners were announced Saturday. Shoutout to Joanne Molinaro, aka the Korean Vegan, for winning recognition for her cookbook 📣 [Eater]

Dunbar student flying planes solo. Zaire Horton wanted to learn more about Black pilots during World War II, so the 16-year-old student at the Bronzeville school is flying cross country to different HBCUs. [BOTWC]

🗣️ Great Parks vs. Beaches Debate

There’s a lot of places you can spend Summertime Chi — including the city’s parks and beaches.

City Cast’s Jacoby Cochran and historian Sherman “Dilla” Thomas will debate which is better at Write Club Chicago’s essay-off at the Golden Dagger in Lincoln Park Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Some readers and listeners are already weighing in.

Holly: “While I love to visit a beach or the lakefront, having a park as vast as Humboldt Park within walking distance of my home provides daily accessibility to nature that I think is important for both physical and mental health for myself and the community.”

Leah: “Team park by the beach! I wanna be able to cool off in the lake, but I don’t wanna commit to ALL my stuff getting sandy. I set up on the patch of grass and trees west of the beach.”

📲 Where do you stand — parks or beaches? Email, or text/call 773-780-0246.

🗓️ Weekday Plans


Chicago Literary Hall of Fame poetry anthology launch in Hyde Park. Hear readings from the new collection, meet authors, and enjoy music and drinks at the Logan Center at 7 p.m. Registration is required. (Free)


We Walk for Her in Douglas. Meet at 35th and King Drive at 5 p.m. to march for missing Black women and girls. (Free)


Grant Park Music Fest, Jazzin’ at the Shedd in the Loop, South Loop. Head to these weekly music summer kickoffs in Grant Park and Museum Campus. (Free)

Folklórico en los Parques in West Elston. Enjoy traditional Mexican folk dancing at Pasteur Park at 6 p.m. (Free)


Mandala Makers Fest starts in West Ridge. See artists from across the South Asian diaspora, including dancers, drag stars, and young performers along Devon Avenue. (Free)

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