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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Social media and other new technology have created a tidal wave of data about how we live, both as individuals and as a society.

And now a new museum exhibit uses big data to examine Chicago as a place to live. The exhibit is on South Michigan Avenue and it's free.

"Chicago: City of Big Data" was put together by the folks at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The premise is that electronic data is now so important to building and urban planning that, just like bricks and mortar, it's a design material.

Data on display in tangible form includes a map that shows when and where the biggest building booms happened.

There's also an exhibit about finding and extinguishing the city’s largest clusters of rats. One useful data point about that is that rats tend to be near vacant lots.

For more information, visit the website.

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