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  1. City Of Big Ag: The Crops Chicago Was Famous ForRead the original story

    Aug 20, 2017 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    It struck her as strange that agricultural businesses had once dominated huge swaths of Chicago that are now covered by houses and businesses. So she sent Curious City a question along these lines: What parts of Chicago were commercially farmed and what was raised, just before becoming residential? In the decades following the city's founding in 1833, Chicagoans drained swamps, and once they had gained metal-blade plows they worked the rich soil that lurked below a vast prairie.

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