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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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StreetWise Celebrates 30 Years of Lending a ‘Hand Up’

StreetWise is celebrating its 30th anniversary, which is no small feat when you factor in the pandemic and inflation. The... more

28 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Here's Why Chicago is a Wrestling Town

From the park, to neighborhood theaters, to giant arenas, you can catch professional wrestling matches in Chicago just about every... more

27 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Is There (Still) So Much Lead In the City's Water?

Between 2016 and 2021, Chicago tested 24,000 homes for lead levels in the water. According to a recent Guardian report,... more

26 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
What Does ‘Progressive’ Mean? Plus, Lightfoot's BET Interview and the Best Day of Summer!

Municipal elections are around the corner and over a dozen alders are not seeking reelection, have already left office, or... more

23 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Let's Peel Back the Layers of Lincoln Park

Listener Andie Linker grew up in Lincoln Park and loves the expansive green spaces throughout the area. Her parents have... more

22 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Fight Back Against Book Bans

With organized groups around Chicagoland pushing to remove books like “Gender Queer” and others from schools, this year’s Banned Books... more

21 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
How to See Chi through Ferris Bueller’s Eyes

When the conversation about Chicago classic movies begins, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will most likely be on the list. Writer... more

20 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Chicago Jingles That Still Smack!

Anyone who grew up around Chicago, or outside Chicago and watched WGN or listened to WGCI, knows we have some... more

19 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
A Fact Check on SAFE-T, What’s Up at CTA, and ‘Best Evening Ever’

Between a political ad featuring a video of an attack in Chicago and misleading social media posts circulating about Illinois’... more

16 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
'This is My Home Base': A Visit to Pullman and Roseland

For author, professor, and South Side connoisseur Arionne Nettles, Pullman and Roseland are her home base. Host Jacoby Cochran meets... more

15 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
During Journey to Mexico, Monarch Butterflies Stop in Pilsen

Every fall, monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles south to Mexico, flying from and passing through Chicago. It’s a long... more

14 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Author Explores Grief, Loss, and Chi Politics in ‘Mount Chicago’

The sinkhole that swallows up Millennium Park in “Mount Chicago” only takes up a fraction of the new novel. Among... more

13 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
Texas is Busing Migrants to Chicago. What Happens Next?

On the evening of Aug. 31, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that a bus of migrants had arrived in Chicago.... more

12 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Bears Move Toward Burbs, But Will Fans Follow? Plus, South Side Celebrations

Host Jacoby Cochran, Crain’s reporter Corli Jay, and Block Club Southeast Side reporter Maxwell Evans rewind some stories from the... more

09 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
It May Be Quiet, But Don’t Sleep on the Northwest Side

Host Jacoby Cochran meets fellow podcaster Zac Emry at Fort Knox Studios in Portage Park to talk about things to... more

08 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Here’s How the Committee Came Up with Their Recommendations for City Monuments

Two years ago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot removed the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park in Little Italy... more

07 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
From the Barber's Chair to Podcast Mics, '79th and Halas' Brothers Talk Bears

Brothers Scott and Joe Lewis grew up talking about their love—and frustration—with the Chicago Bears. They used to listen to... more

06 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Street Takeovers Not Stopping, Chicago Welcomes Migrants from Texas, and The Rink is Back!

With illegal drag races, donuts in the street, backed up traffic, fireworks and run-ins with police, street takeovers continue to... more

02 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
West Side Best Side? Explore North Lawndale to Garfield Park

Host Jacoby Cochran and freelance journalist Natalie Frazier stop by Comercio Popular in Lawndale to talk about Natalie’s family’s history... more

01 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Lisa Beasley’s ‘Lory Litefoot’ is a Political Statement

Lisa Beasley has toured with Second City, performed on Comedy Central, and stolen scenes on the hit show “South Side.”... more

31 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
You’re on a Boat! How to Stay Safe in Lake Michigan

Just in the past couple weeks, one person was found dead and at least three others have been seriously injured... more

30 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Meet One of Chicagoland’s American Ninja Warriors

Tonight is the season finale for "American Ninja Warrior" — the show with all the running, jumping, and swinging through... more

29 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
More School Bus Probs, Yet Another Monuments Committee, and Sister Jean's 103rd Birthday

It is the first week of school for Chicago Public School students, but unfortunately for thousands of students and parents... more

26 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
Why A Trip to Beverly Is Worth It

Host Jacoby Cochran and librarian Ashley Rayner head to Ridge Park in Beverly to talk about Ashley’s history growing up... more

25 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Doc Shows Southeast Side History and Resilience

What happens to a community when industry leaves? That’s the central question driving Steven Walsh’s documentary “Southeast: A City Within... more

24 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
From Hand-Holding to Meditation: The Work of Abortion Doulas

In a post-Roe world, the role of abortion doulas has become more critical than ever. Abortion doulas support people before,... more

23 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
New Teachers Union President Talks First Day, Pandemic Safety, and Mayoral Election

It’s the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools. And while the past couple years have been marked by... more

22 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Pushback on Fests in Douglass Park, New Development in Bronzeville, and a Community Garden in Pilsen

Douglass Park neighbors say the city is unfairly prioritizing festivals and events over residents who use the park. The park... more

19 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Your Guide to Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park

Host Jacoby Cochran and producer Simone Alicea head to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Uptown to talk about some... more

18 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
After Tragedy, Alderwoman Pushed to Protect Residents in Extreme Heat

We expect summertime to be hot in Chicago, but extremely hot days are coming earlier and more often. During a... more

17 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
What You Need to Know About COVID and Schools This Year

Chicago Public Schools start the new school year on Monday, Aug. 22. Earlier this month, the district announced its COVID... more

16 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Top Doc Says Lessons from COVID Are Essential to Monkeypox Response

Monkeypox is a public health emergency in Illinois. There are more than 600 cases reported in Chicago. The person leading... more

15 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
More Cops on CTA, No Charges in Till Case, and Making Sure Chicago Tells Our Story

Chicago Police say they’re adding more officers to CTA trains across the city after recent violence. A Mississippi grand jury... more

12 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Here's How to Still Live That Summertime Chi Life

We‘re a month away from the end of our Summer Bucket List Challenge. Host Jacoby Cochran and lead producer Carrie... more

11 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
How the ‘Bud’ Became a Staple in Black Chicago

The Bud Billiken Parade is turning 93 this weekend. It’s the largest Black parade in the country. Host Jacoby Cochran... more

10 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Butter Cows, Kissing Babies, and Piglet Parades: The Illinois State Fair is Back

The Illinois State Fair kicks off on Thursday. It’s meant to highlight the importance of agriculture in Illinois, but it’s... more

09 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Making 'Ms. Marvel': Fatimah Asghar's Path from Chi to MCU

The Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” tells the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, Kamala Khan, from Jersey City who suddenly... more

08 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Chi’s Sanctuary City Status Under Threat, CPS Enrollment Continues to Drop, and Grab South Side Weekly's 'Lit' Issue

Across the U.S., big cities, including Chicago, are facing a small schools crisis as enrollment drops. Chalkbeat is out with... more

05 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Yes, There’s ‘Nope’ But Here Are Some Indie Flicks to See This Weekend, Too

From the indie flick “I Love My Dad” to Jordan Peele’s blockbuster “Nope,” there are a lot of films to... more

04 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
‘Homos with Hammers’ Are Renovating One of Chi’s Most Colorful Homes

When Joe Bergantino and Ricky Gonzalez put an offer on a new house in January, the Rogers Park couple wrote... more

03 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Illinois Will Literally Pay You to Buy an Electric Car

With gas prices off the charts lately, some people are considering making the switch to electric vehicles. But for many,... more

02 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
A Listener is Trying to Buy a Vacant Lot Behind Her Condo. Why Is It Taking Years?

If you have a vacant lot on your block, then you know what it’s like to constantly pass by the... more

01 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Hey Google, Welcome to the Thompson Center. Plus, CPS Teachers Keep Jobs and Lake Michigan Love!

Google’s coming to the Thompson Center, two Chicago Public School teachers keep their jobs after allegedly being fired for encouraging... more

29 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
With Google to Take Over Thompson Center, Let's Appreciate Our Salmon Spaceship

On Wednesday, officials announced Google will be moving into the Thompson Center in The Loop. The state closed on its... more

28 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Do We Get Any Say on The Future of Lolla?

Lollapalooza is back in Chicago this weekend. Since it landed in the city in 2005, Lollapalooza has gone from a... more

27 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
How One Chicagoan Knew He Had Monkeypox and What He Did About It

Since the monkeypox outbreak started this spring, there have been more than 200 cases in Illinois, according to the CDC,... more

26 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
'The Bear' Got It Wrong: Here's How Health Inspections Really Work

Yes, everyone has their Chicago critiques about “The Bear,” the FX on Hulu show about a celebrated chef who returns... more

25 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Just Like Riding a Bike: City Cast Chicago Gets a Lesson in Safety

You can now apply to get a free bicycle next month through the Bike Chicago program, and the city is... more

22 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Where to Get Some Art (And A/C) This Weekend

The Art Institute of Chicago lions went away recently to get a cleaning, but they’re back this week at their... more

21 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Chicago Red Stars Rebuild After League ‘Went Through Hell Last Year’

The Chicago Red Stars are ranked third in the NWSL, and the team’s been rebuilding after some players and the... more

20 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Chi’s Women’s Sports Teams Are Giving Fans a Reason to Cheer

If you’re not following our professional women’s sports teams here in Chicago, we feel a little sorry for you. The... more

19 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
One Way to Get an Invasive Species Out of the Water? Eat It.

Ecologists have been warning about Asian Carp for decades. The invasive species has infiltrated our waterways and threatens the Great... more

18 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Checks From the City Roll In, Public Demands Answers on Safety, and Chi’s Only Second-Best?

Chicago’s $31 million dollar basic income pilot will 5,000 families $500 a month for the next year. The first checks... more

15 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Need a Quick and Easy Getaway to Recharge? Road Trip!

City Cast loves talking about things to do in and around Chicago. I mean have you seen our great Summertime... more

14 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Chicago Street Art Becomes a Character in 'Tagged’

In the new film “Tagged,” a local street artist is accused of murder and searches for clues in Chicago’s murals... more

13 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Feeling the Pinch at the Grocery Store? So is Your Local Food Pantry

We’re all feeling inflation at the grocery store. Food prices are up 10% compared to this time last year, according... more

12 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Illinois is Supposed to have 'Strict' Gun Laws. But How Strict Are They?

One week after the mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in north suburban Highland Park that left seven... more

11 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Live From the Silverroom, We're Breaking Down the Week's News!

After two years of pandemic hiatus, the Silver Room Sound System Block Party is back next weekend. To celebrate, we... more

08 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Here's How to Do Our Summertime Chi Bucket List Challenge!

City Cast Chicago has been collecting listener and reader suggestions for our summer bucket list. Host Jacoby Cochran, lead producer... more

07 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Your StreetWise Vendor Isn't Just Selling a Magazine — They're a Local Business

For the first time since 2008, StreetWise recently raised its prices. The weekly magazine will now cost $3, but you... more

06 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
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Feeling the Pinch at the Grocery Store? So is Your Local Food Pantry
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We’re all feeling inflation at the grocery store. Food prices are up 10% compared to this time last year, according to the... more