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City data a treasure trove of secrets

September 20, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

The city has 283 datasets listed on its data portal, data.cityofchicago.org. Some of these datasets are pretty standard, from types and locations of crimes to CTA ridership. Other datasets are more intriguing. RedEye did some diving to log some of the more novel data.

>> Popular fiction titles at the Chicago Public Library in July 2013 include "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Gone Girl"

>> Employee indebtedness to the city. As of Saturday, the Chicago Board of Education has 2,626 employees that owe a collective $1.48 million to the city. The CTA has 2,218 employees that owe $1.37 million.

>> Two hundred and twenty-two condom distribution sites include bars, schools, restaurants, community centers and clinics.

>> Eleven urban farm locations including ones at 1100 W. Roosevelt Rd. and 600 E. 130th St.

>> Census data, languages spoken in Chicago from 2007-11. Spanish is the predominant non-English language in Chicago (spoken by 11.5 percent of population). African languages are the predominant non-English languages spoken in Burnside and Calumet Heights.

tswartz@tribune.com | @tracyswartz

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