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City Cast Chicago
City Cast

Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers;... more

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Future of CPS, Retired Cops Not Returning, and This Election is Almost Over

Both mayoral candidates have touted their education bona fides ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election. But what are their plans for... more

31 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
What Sox Fans Miss About Old Comiskey

Baseball is back in Chicago. The Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field today against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the... more

30 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
What It's Like Being a Young Republican in a Blue City

Democrats have run Chicago for decades, and the lead-up to the mayoral runoff on April 4 has often been about... more

29 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Spring Flowers, Spring Art, and Springfield

Following the heat-exposure deaths of three seniors last year in Rogers Park, the state Senate passed a bill requiring air... more

28 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Brandon Johnson Says Chicago Needs a Teacher at City Hall

Voters will choose Chicago’s new mayor next Tuesday, April 4. On the ballot are former CPS head Paul Vallas and... more

27 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
Chi’s Packed Summer Schedule, Smog Problems, and Spring is Here!

As summer festival lineups emerge, some Douglass Park neighbors are still protesting Riot Fest’s expected appearance on the West Side... more

24 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Why Chicago's Flag Rules, and Illinois' Flag Doesn't

While the Chicago flag is seen everywhere from buildings to tattoos, Illinois’ state flag is less well-known. That’s probably because... more

23 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
This Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Human Composting

Nobody likes to think about what happens to their bodies after they die, but it’s an important decision. A bill... more

22 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Three Years of COVID. Plus, Incumbent Alders in Runoff

Three years ago today, Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order went into effect as COVID-19 swept the world. Host Jacoby Cochran,... more

21 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
How the ComEd Corruption Trial Affects All of Us

Week two of “ComEd Four” trial gets underway today. That’s the trial of four former executives and lobbyists who are accused... more

20 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Fire Safety Lags, Alders Seek Independence, and Here Come Summer Music Lineups

We are joined by the Chicago Reader’s Social Justice Reporter Debbie-Marie Brown and from the Illinois Answer's Project & Better... more

17 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
These Are Chicago’s Best Music Venues

Beyonce, Metallica, Drake, Taylor Swift, and others will play Chicago’s biggest arenas and stadiums at hefty prices this Summer. But... more

16 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
A Chicago Heiress Made Miniature Murder Scenes and Forensic Science Was Born

Do you think you could solve a murder just by looking at a miniature re-creation of the crime scene? Frances... more

15 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
SAFE-T Act and 'ComEd Four' in Court. Plus, When and Where is The Taste?

It can feel like it’s all mayor’s race all the time as we head into the April 4 runoff election,... more

14 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Here's Why Chi’s Next Mayor Will Change Education

Ahead of the April 4th runoff, mayoral candidates Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson have made education a major part of... more

13 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Johnson and Vallas’ First Debate, Women in Trades, and Chi’s Open Mic Scene

Mayoral Candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas had their first televised debate this week ahead of the April 4th runoff.... more

10 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
The Foods You Didn’t Know Were Invented in Chi

Most people around the world are familiar with Chicago’s classic foods—Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish or tavern style pizzas, and... more

09 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Simeon's Basketball Dynasty: 10 Years Later

For the last 20 years, Simeon Career Academy High School basketball has been one of the city’s most dominant sports... more

08 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Are These the Most Beautiful Places in Chicago?

Geoffrey Baer has been showing off Chicago’s architecture and natural beauty for decades. First as a docent for the Chicago... more

07 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
What Does Chicago Need to Do for Safer Streets?

Next week, City Council is set to consider ordinances that would crack down on drivers parked in bus and bike... more

06 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Police Head Out, Who’s Next? Plus, Loop Living and Beautiful Places

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Wednesday he’s resigning effective March 16. Both mayoral runoff contenders Paul Vallas and Brandon... more

03 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Create an Elaborate Work of Art on an Egg

Starting Saturday, the Ukrainian National Museum will host workshops on how to write pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs.... more

02 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Election Results Are In…But Now There’s a Runoff

City Cast Chicago is in you feed a little later this morning, so we could bring you the most up-to-date... more

01 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Chi Music Scene Gets Spotlight in NPR Series

As you head to the polls today, we want to offer a little respite from all the political coverage. And... more

28 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Does Chi Need 50 Alders?

Tomorrow, voters will choose who will run the city as they cast ballots for mayor and City Council. But aside... more

27 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
Weekly News Recap from WBEZ's 'Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons'

We've got something special for you this weekend. We're sharing the Weekly News Recap from our friends over at WBEZ's... more

25 Feb 2023 · 46 minutes
Election Fatigue, Expanding Paid Leave, and Spring…Is That You??

After months of campaigning, commercials, and forums, election day is Tuesday. But we’re wondering: Does the mayoral race have a... more

24 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
HBO Max Is Dropping ‘South Side’ But We’re Not

In a blow to Chicago comedy fans, HBO Max announced Tuesday that it would not pick up “South Side” for... more

23 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
What You Need to Know About the New Police District Councils

Police district councils are new on the ballot in next week’s municipal election. Voters in each of the city’s 22... more

22 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
What Are Chi Voters’ Biggest Concerns?

Chicago’s municipal election is one week from today. So how are voters feeling about the biggest issues facing the city?... more

21 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
More Money for Students, Bears Close in Burbs, and Chi Love Letters!

As the Chicago Bears closed on a $197 million property deal in Arlington Heights, Gov. JB Pritzker promised nearly $1... more

17 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Yes, Chicago Has An East Side: Here's Why You Need to Visit

When you ask about East Side, many Chicagoans will look at you quizzically and say, “What, like Lake Michigan?” But... more

16 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
How Political Ads Motivate Voters

As Feb. 28th approaches, political ads for the municipal elections are only getting more frequent and aggressive. Democratic media strategist... more

15 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Dating in Chi Can Be Good, Bad, or Just Strange

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’ve got a date planned with the love of your life or you’re going solo, the... more

14 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Benny the Bull Shows Us Why He’s the GOAT

Over the years, the Chicago Bulls have had some of the biggest names in basketball. And while players come and... more

13 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Is Chuy Progressive? How Will Chi Spend HUD Funds? Jerk Chicken Pop-Tarts?!

A new film studio in South Shore broke ground this week, and neighbors are excited for the possibilities. Meanwhile, as... more

10 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Why ‘Love Jones’ Belongs in Rom-Com Canon

We are back with another edition of Re:VIEWS, where we rewatch and break down some classic Chicago films. In the... more

09 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
'Sexy Asians' Podcast Fights Fetishization and Lazy Stereotypes

“Asians have long been ignored, fetishized or made the butt of the joke in America. We want to put that... more

08 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
From Wards 1 to 50: Aldermanic Races We’re Watching

Between retirements, resignations, and redistricting, at least 11 of Chicago’s 50 wards is getting a new alderperson. And there are... more

07 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
How to Grow Weed at Home

While cannabis has been legal in Illinois for a few years, until now there hasn’t been a place for medical... more

06 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
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How to Grow Weed at Home
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While cannabis has been legal in Illinois for a few years, until now there hasn’t been a place for medical patients to... more