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City Cast Chicago
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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Episodes

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
ComEd Deal Stalls, Why Pre-K Matters, and Good Luck on Beyonce Tix

Mayor Lori Lightfoot hoped City Council would approve a proposed 15-year contract with utility giant ComEd this week, but alders... more

03 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
Chi’s Best Nightlife (Yes Even In Winter)

Whether it’s dancing all night, sipping on elaborate cocktails with a side of live music, or playing some board games... more

02 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
This Black Secret Service Agent Protected JFK. Then He Was Sent to Jail

In 1961, Abraham Bolden became the first Black Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail. Bolden says when... more

01 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Are Mayoral Candidates Talking Enough About Education?

Each week leading up to the municipal election on Feb. 28, City Cast Chicago is digging into where mayoral and... more

31 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Who Will Lead Chicago's Largest Police Union?

The Fraternal Order of Police has been endorsing candidates and spending money in February’s municipal elections. But the union is... more

30 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Kevin Pang's 'Proof': The World's Best Italian Beef

Today, we're bringing you a podcast by our friends over at America’s Test Kitchen called "Proof." Each episode, host Kevin... more

28 Jan 2023 · 52 minutes
Cop Academy Opens, Kenwood Fire Raises Questions, and We Love Books!

This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot cut the ribbon on a controversial police and firefighter training facility on the West Side.... more

27 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Going Deep on the Italian Beef

After the success of “The Bear,” Chicago’s Italian beef sandwich is having a moment. Longtime food critic Kevin Pang has... more

26 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
How to Enjoy Chi’s Sober-Curious Scene

Dry January is a time of year to help us explore our relationships with alcohol. But Adriana Gaspar and Héctor... more

25 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
From Madigan Name Drop to Wave of New Alders — Your Politics Roundup

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that Congressman and mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García is referenced in court filings in former... more

24 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
How Latinos Fought the Machine for a Political Voice

Chicago’s Latinx population makes up the city’s second largest demographic, with the largest groups being of Mexican and Puerto Rican... more

23 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
More Transit Problems, Big Bears Moves, and Taylor Swift Parties

The Regional Transit Authority, which coordinates financing for CTA, Metra, and Pace, is predicting a $730 million budget gap beginning in... more

20 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Visit Lakeview? 'Real People Live Here’

Some people go to Lakeview for the bars, others go for the Cubs — everyone's got a different take on... more

19 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Mayoral Candidates Have Just 6 Weeks to Win You Over

All nine candidates for mayor are scheduled to meet Thursday for their first televised debate on ABC 7. Voters and... more

18 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Muhammad Ali Day Celebrates 'The Greatest'

Today is Muhammad Ali Day in Illinois. Chicago author Jonathan Eig wrote the 2017 biography “Ali: A Life” and prompted... more

17 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Springfield Action, Lightfoot’s Campaign Fumble, and Bald Eagles Love IL

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's reelection team may have violated Chicago’s ethics ordinance and federal law when her campaign sent emails to... more

13 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
What Does ‘The Fugitive’ Get Wrong About Chicago? Nothing.

In City Cast Chicago’s occasional series, “Re: VIEWS” we invite guests to re-watch a Chicago film and dissect elements like... more

12 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Are Illinois Schools Wrong on Reading?

Some educators in Illinois are challenging the way reading is traditionally taught in schools. They say a more evidence-based approach... more

11 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Will Walgreens Become Your Doctor’s Office?

In addition to cough drops, toilet paper, and pantyhose, your future Walgreens shopping list could include a checkup with a... more

10 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
What to Watch on the Food Scene in 2023

Chicago’s restaurant industry is still bouncing back after the pandemic forced closures, supply chain issues, and worker shortages. Eater Chicago... more

09 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Where to House Migrants, CPS Data Struggles, and Poet Laureate Incoming

As city officials try to provide for the nearly 4,000 migrants that have arrived in Chicago since August, some Woodlawn... more

06 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
An Insider’s Guide to Pilsen

Pilsen is known as one of the city’s largest Mexican neighborhoods, but Healthy Hood founder Tanya Lozano explains it wasn’t... more

05 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Will Illinois Actually Ban Assault Weapons?

State legislators are in Springfield this week. One issue that may be on the docket is gun control. Rep. Bob... more

04 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
How to Make Realistic New Year's Resolutions

Whether it’s working out more, exploring the city, or finding ways to get more involved, we’ve all got goals and... more

03 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
Harold’s Remains One of Chicago’s Greatest Creations

Harold’s is more than a chicken spot — it’s a Chicago institution. There are stories of NBA MVP Derrick Rose... more

30 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Keeping the Puerto Rican Culture Alive in Hermosa and Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park is the center of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. But that pride extends to other neighborhoods, like Hermosa, a... more

29 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
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In City Cast Chicago’s occasional series, “Re: VIEWS” we invite guests to re-watch a Chicago film and dissect elements like “Best line”... more