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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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Migrant 'Base Camps,' Future of Tipping, and Soccer at Soldier Field

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration is defending the decision to sign a one-year, nearly $30 million contract with controversial private security... more

22 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
'Do You Remember' Why It's Earth, Wind & Fire Day?

Today is Earth, Wind & Fire Day. Founded in Chicago by the late band leader Maurice White in 1969, the... more

21 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
‘Young Love’ Is TV’s Newest Chicago Love Letter

Matthew Cherry’s short film “Hair Love” won an Oscar and became a New York Times bestselling children’s book. Now the... more

20 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
Obama Center Housing Protections, Your Fav Chi Dates, Say Goodbye to Summer

Last week, Fifth Ward Ald. Desmon Yancy introduced the South Shore Housing Preservation Ordinance to City Council. The measure would... more

19 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
How Will Mayor Johnson Close Chicago’s Budget Gap?

Budget season has officially begun! Mayor Brandon Johnson released his first budget forecast last week, kicking off his first budget... more

18 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
New Migrant Shelter Plan, Riot Fest Weekend, and Celebrating Mexican Independence Day

Mayor Brandon Johnson has outlined a plan to relocate nearly 1,600 migrants and asylum-seekers from Chicago police stations to what... more

15 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Who Can Plan The Best Chicago Alphabet Dates?

In a twist on the “alphabet dating” TikTok trend, host Jacoby Cochran and City Cast marketing coordinator Jermaine Thomas faced... more

14 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
How One Pilsen Home Became a Butterfly Sanctuary

Been seeing more monarch butterflies lately? Now is the time when Illinois’ state insect migrates south toward Mexico. Along the... more

13 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
911 Response Times, Student Loan Questions, and Foxes vs. Plovers

Chicago Inspector General Deborah Witzburg reports police failed to accurately track 911 response times nearly half time. The lack of... more

12 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
What Do Local School Councils Do?

Next week, Chicago Public Schools will kick off election season for local school councils. The councils help drive big decisions... more

11 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Blackhawks’ Newish Regime, Sky’s Playoff Push, and Bring On The Packers

Earlier this summer, longtime Blackhawks owner and CEO Rocky Wirtz died at the age of 70. His son Danny Wirtz... more

08 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Alphabet Dating with a Chicago Twist

Whether you’re gearing up for cuffing season, celebrating a long-term relationship, or you’re just looking for something for you and... more

07 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Meet Chicago’s First-Ever Poet Laureate

Tomorrow the Poetry Foundation is starting its Fall season with a celebration at the Harold Washington Library featuring Chicago’s first-ever... more

06 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
New Temporary Casino, Best Chi Rivalries, and The Taste Is Here — Finally!

Regulators with the Illinois Gaming Board are expected to inspect Bally’s temporary casino at Medinah temple today and run practice... more

05 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Sox Park Shooting, City Sues Car Companies, and Remembering Chairman Fred Hampton

Last week, two White Sox fans were struck by gunfire during a home game at Guaranteed Rate Field. Both individuals... more

01 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Rate This Perfect Day in Chicago…and Madison

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to plan a quick Midwestern Road Trip. Luckily for us, our friends over... more

31 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Why Did Your Favorite Chi Restaurant Close?

All summer we’ve been hearing how Chicago is coming back with tourism up, crowds outside, and no shortage of daily... more

30 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Another Corruption Conviction, Making New Friends, and More Pickleball Courts

Last week, we saw the conclusion of yet another corruption trial with ties to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.... more

29 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Should White Sox Fans Hit Panic Button?

Last week, White Sox fans experienced every emotion imaginable. As the team struggles through a disappointing season marred by injuries,... more

28 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Back To School, White Sox Drama, and Dank Weekend Plans

Chicago Public Schools are back in session. Chalkbeat Chicago's Samantha Smylie and Northwestern professor and author Arionne Nettles join host... more

25 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
Is ‘The Fugitive’ Chicago’s Greatest Movie?

Earlier this year, host Jacoby Cochran talked with journalist and author Natalie Moore about one of her favorite movies, the... more

24 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
How to Protect Seniors from Financial Scams

The number of elders being scammed out of their life savings is increasing while Illinois’ system to protect seniors from... more

23 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Mayor Johnson’s First 100 Days and Where to Cry in Chi

Tuesday is Mayor Brandon Johnson’s 100th day in office. While we have realistic expectations about what can be accomplished in... more

22 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Is CPS Ready for New Migrant Students?

Chicago Public Schools students are back in class today, including probably thousands newly-arrived migrant children. We say probably because CPS... more

21 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Mayor Hires & Fires, Safety at Promontory Point, and ‘Acid Rap’ Anniversary

Chief Larry Snelling has been selected as the next police superintendent, and Dr. Allison Arwady is out as public health... more

18 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Morning Swims, Secret Concerts, and Other Great Weekend Plans

There is just too much to do in Chicago every weekend. That’s why host Jacoby Cochran is talking with Hey... more

17 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Do We Know Chicago Better Than Google Maps?

From construction to public transit gaps to the sheer size of the city, getting around Chicago is really hard. While... more

16 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
Top Doc Fired, Top Cop Hired, and Top Relaxed Cities

Friday afternoon, Mayor Brandon Johnson fired Dr. Allison Arwady after four years leading the Chicago Department of Public Health. Then Sunday, the... more

15 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Migrants, Strikes, and Weather Dominated Summer Headlines

This summer, Chicago has increased spending on temporary shelters, resource centers, and services for the nearly 13,000 migrants and asylum... more

14 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Flood and Heat Risks, Simone Biles Dazzles, and Humboldt Park Skating

While federal agencies track flood risk across the country, FEMA maps may paint an incomplete picture of the risk in... more

11 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
How Chicago Families Can Enjoy the End of Summer Break

The first day of school is coming up, but there is still plenty to do for kids in Chicago. Jenny... more

10 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Is Largest Black Parade Called the Bud Billiken?

For the last 94 years, the Bud Billiken Parade has been Chicago’s ultimate back to school bat signal. It’s the... more

09 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
COVID Cases Rise, What’s a ‘Midwest Vibe?’ and Chicago’s Animal Superstars

Chicago’s Department of Public Health warns that COVID cases and hospitalizations have been going up in recent weeks. Lead producer... more

08 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
What’s Next for Chicago Film Industry as Strike Continues?

Local TV and film actors held another rally downtown last week as they strike along with writers, shutting down production... more

07 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Northwestern’s Failing Grade, Bunny Virus Hits Chicago, and Midwest Camping

Northwestern University has struggled to manage the fallout from the hazing scandal rocking its athletic department as lawsuits continue to... more

04 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Why the Southwest Side is a Dog Park 'Desert' No More

The vast majority of Chicago’s dog parks are on the North Side. But among all of the city’s equity issues,... more

03 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
What Every Chicagoan Needs to Know About Making a Budget

The rent is due, new college students are setting out into the world, and now is a great time to... more

02 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Chicago's 'Mansion Tax,' Airport Pickup Tips, and Who's Our Rap GOAT?

Mayor Brandon Johnson and his allies in City Council want to put the Bring Chicago Home ordinance on the March... more

01 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
What Chicago Can Learn From Evanston’s Reparations Fight

Mayor Brandon Johnson wants to create an exploratory committee on reparations for descendants of Black formerly enslaved people who have... more

31 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
More Migrant Shelters Open, Chi Steakhouses are Back, and Still Recovering from Beyoncé

As more temporary housing facilities open for migrants and asylum-seekers, neighborhood resistance grows to the city’s rollout. During this week’s... more

28 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Weather-Proof Your Weekend Festival Plans

Chicago’s weather has been unpredictable this month. Canadian wildfire smoke has blanketed the sky for days, torrential rain has already... more

27 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Why Stepping is Chicago’s Greatest Dance

Summertime Chi is filled with plenty of opportunities to dance the night away, including at the city’s SummerDance series next... more

26 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Labor Wins, Library Love, and Chicago’s Horcruxes

Chicago’s always been a union town, but labor is having a moment right now. Host Jacoby Cochran and lead producer... more

25 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Does Chicago Have a ‘Lame Duck’ School Board?

This Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education will hold their first official meeting since Mayor Brandon Johnson replaced all but... more

24 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Ending Cash Bail, Chicago’s Secret Hangout, and Beyoncé's Here

Earlier this week the Illinois Supreme Court ruled 5-2 to uphold the state’s elimination of cash bail, making Illinois the... more

21 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
Saying Goodbye to the Silver Room Block Party

Organizers of the Silver Room Sound System Block Party recently announced that this would be their final year. Although it... more

20 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Your Guide to Throwing a Chicago Block Party

While music and street fests get most of the Summertime Chi hype, neighborhood block parties are probably the real unsung... more

19 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
How Block Clubs Helped Shape Chicago

For a century, Chicago has had an enduring, complicated, and nostalgic relationship with block clubs — small, volunteer-based community groups.... more

18 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Who Will Lead the Chicago Police Department?

Mayor Brandon Johnson is now on the clock to make one of the most important hires of his term: Police... more

17 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Northwestern Hazing Scandal, West Side Flooding, and a $50 Lego Burger?

An investigation into Northwestern’s football program revealed a history of hazing, including alleged coerced sexual acts, and allegations of racism.... more

14 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
Why Are You Sleeping on Chicago Libraries?

We all know you can get books at the library. But your library card can get you way more than... more

13 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Life-Saving Tips for Lake Michigan Swimmers

Summertime Chi would be incomplete without spending some time on Lake Michigan. But its easy to underestimate the dangers of... more

12 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Johnson's Lofty Goals, Summer Blockbusters, and Malört Love

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s transition committee released its 223-page report outlining goals for the new administration. While many align with Johnson’s... more

11 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
How Are Megadevelopments Shaping Chicago’s Future?

Chicago is home plenty of new developments from high-rises to a presidential museum to a casino. But there are only... more

10 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
What Do SCOTUS Rulings Mean in Chi? Plus, Floods and Art Fests

What impact will the US Supreme Court’s recent decisions on affirmative action and student debt relief have on the future... more

07 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Is Malort Really That Bad? We Try It!

Chicago has its share of inside jokes, but none maybe more painful than goading newcomers into taking a shot of... more

06 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
What Makes Chicago Roller Skaters the Best?

Chicago roller skaters have long been called the smoothest roller skaters for their intricate footwork, elaborate routines, and signature swagger.... more

05 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Have You Tried These ‘Hometown Bites’ From Chi?

Tired of the same old burgers and dogs on Fourth of July? Looking for something unique — and truly Chicago... more

03 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Terrible Air Quality, More Highway Expansions, and Holiday Cookouts

Earlier this week, Chicago had some of the worst air quality in the world due to wildfire smoke from Canada.... more

30 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
NASCAR Rolls into Chicago…And You Have Opinions

After weeks of road closures and a healthy amount of skepticism from city residents, NASCAR weekend is upon us. We... more

29 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
This Alder Wants City Council’s Immigration Committee to Actually Meet

The City Council’s committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights is slated to meet this morning — the same committee that... more

28 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Mayor Johnson vs. Candidate Johnson, Weird Local Laws, and Can Chicagoans Drive?

Five weeks into Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first term, and supporters as well as critics are watching closely to see if... more

27 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Red Line Extension Finally On Track After Decades of Promises

Chicago doesn’t end at 95th Street — but its busiest train line does. For 54 years, Far South Siders have... more

26 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Pride Parade, Minimum Wage, and Cubs Take London

Chicago’s 52nd annual Pride Parade is Sunday starting in Uptown and ending in Lincoln Park. The Chicago Reader’s editor in... more

23 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
The Ultimate Summertime Chi Dining Guide

All this month, we’ve been bringing you our Summer Entertainment guide to help you tackle Summertime Chi with a plan.... more

22 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
How to Keep Rats From Ruining Your Summer

For eight years, Chicago has been dubbed the “rattiest” city in the country by pest control company Orkin. The city... more

21 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Why Chicago is the Poetry Capital of America

One of Chicago’s most slept-on contributions is poetry. From groundbreaking publications and institutions to acclaimed poets, Chicago is arguably the... more

20 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
NASCAR Road Closures, Banning Book Bans, and Juneteenth Celebrations

NASCAR’s first-ever street race is two weeks away, and closures near the Grant Park course are picking up. DuSable Lake... more

16 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Do Chi Music Fests Right

We are continuing our Summer Entertainment Guide, where every week this month we give you recommendations for how to live... more

15 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Riot Fest Debate, Parking Meter Profits, and Chi Naked Bike Ride

This week, neighbors gathered in Douglass Park to protest Riot Fest ahead of today’s Park District meeting considering permit approvals... more

14 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
How to Keep Chicago Cyclists Safe

Better weather means more Chicagoans outside and more bikes on city streets. Unfortunately, infrastructure to keep cyclists safe is inconsistent... more

13 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Why Is Chicago Always Talking About Pensions?

One of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first announcements when he took office was to create a task force to solve Chicago’s... more

12 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Shuttered Schools Still Vacant, White Fluff Coats Chi, and Cats Get Busy

Ten years ago, Chicago closed 50 schools in largely Black and brown neighborhoods. But what happened to those buildings after... more

09 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Your Chicago Pride Guide

Every week this month, we’re bringing you our summer entertainment guide where we give you recommendations to make the most... more

08 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Why These Chicago Neighborhoods Are Literally Heating Up

The city is currently looking for volunteers to help map heat disparities in Chicago —neighborhoods where the temps are higher... more

07 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Your Tips for Chi Transplants, Parks vs. Beaches, and Metal Shredder Update

An administrative judge ruled late last week that the city should have granted a permit to a metal scrapping facility... more

06 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
How Did Closing 50 Schools Change Chicago?

As Chicago Public Schools let out for summer around this time a decade ago, 50 schools were closed for good.... more

05 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Migrant Funding Debate, Officers Who Lied Kept Jobs, and New Fave Bars

Alders on Wednesday approved $51 million in funding to help asylum-seekers in Chicago, but the City Council vote was contentious.... more

02 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
It’s Time to Take a Day Off Like Ferris Bueller

No list of classic Chicago movies is complete without “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” But is Ferris’ itinerary even possible to... more

01 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Everyone Loves Pickleball (Except Some Tennis Players)

Pickleball is growing so fast in Chicago the city is set to build 50 new pickleball courts by 2025. But... more

31 May 2023 · 17 minutes
What Your Landlord Can and Can't Do

It’s almost June 1, so you know what that means: It’s time to pay the rent. But from maintenance problems,... more

30 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Traffic and Property Taxes Suck, but These Summer Plans Don't!

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Construction in Chicago sucks. This year’s road and highway... more

26 May 2023 · 27 minutes
The Best Midwest Road Trips for Last-Minute Getaways

Memorial Day is the perfect excuse to take a trip, whether it be for the whole weekend or just the... more

25 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Why Illinois’ Youngest Democrat is Hopeful for Springfield's Future

Though the legislative session was supposed to end last week, lawmakers are still in Springfield working on a state budget... more

24 May 2023 · 24 minutes
New School Board Map, Your Chicago ‘Icks,’ and Rooftops vs. Patios

While the scheduled end of the spring legislative session has come and gone, Illinois lawmakers have until July 1 to... more

23 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Could You Get Paid Next Time You’re Stuck at O’Hare, Midway?

Ahead of the summer travel season, the Biden administration announced it would propose new rules requiring compensation for air passengers... more

22 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Johnson's Inaugural Promises, Bears Move Hits Bumps, and Chicago Red Flags

Mayor Brandon Johnson was sworn in earlier this week with a memorable inauguration ceremony. Now the 57th mayor of Chicago... more

19 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Building the Perfect Italian Beef

The hit show “The Bear” dropped a new trailer this week ahead of its highly anticipated return for season 2... more

18 May 2023 · 16 minutes
What It's Like to Grow Up Running from the FBI

Zayd Dohrn was born underground and on the run from the FBI. His parents, Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, were... more

17 May 2023 · 22 minutes
How to Turn Your Most Mortifying Moments into a Bestseller

Humorist Samantha Irby has made a career out of oversharing, from her start as a blogger in Chicago’s lit scene... more

16 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Lightfoot Out, Johnson In: Power Transfer at City Hall

Brandon Johnson will be inaugurated as the 57th mayor of Chicago this morning, officially bringing a close to the Lori... more

15 May 2023 · 21 minutes
As One State of Emergency Ends, Another Begins. Plus Buckingham Fountain Flows Again!

Earlier this week Mayor Lightfoot issued a state of emergency as hundreds of asylum seekers are arriving to Chicago daily.... more

12 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Chicago Fell in Love with Piping Plovers

Beginning in 2019, two names dominated headlines and became a love story Chicago could get behind. Monty and Rose were... more

11 May 2023 · 18 minutes
How Sox and Cubs Rivalry Both Divides and Unites Chicago

Both the White Sox and Cubs are having disappointing seasons so far. Which means no Chicago baseball fan is happy... more

10 May 2023 · 13 minutes
Rating Mayor Lightfoot's One — and Only — Term

Mayor Lori Lightfoot began her final week in office with a farewell address Monday. She touted her accomplishments on spurring... more

09 May 2023 · 25 minutes
More Migrants Expected, But What About Thousands Already Here?

More than 8,000 asylum-seekers, many from Venezuela, have arrived in Chicago since last fall. Unfortunately, the lack of coordination at... more

08 May 2023 · 23 minutes
‘ComEd Four’ Reactions, PPP Fraud Crackdowns, and ‘Friendly’ Match at Soldier Field

The “ComEd Four” trial ended earlier this week when four former executives and lobbyists for the utility company were found... more

05 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Chicago Writer says WGA Strike Isn't Just a Hollywood Problem

After negotiations with studios stalled, the Writers Guild of America officially went on strike this week. The writers strike may... more

04 May 2023 · 18 minutes
‘ComEd 4’ Found Guilty. Here’s How Their Corruption Affected Your Rates

All four defendants in the “ComEd Four” trial have been found guilty on corruption charges, including a nearly decade-long scheme... more

03 May 2023 · 11 minutes
Small Business Week, New Libraries, and Your Deep-Dish Recs

It’s National Small Business Week, and we are sharing love for some of our favorite neighborhood businesses. The city is... more

02 May 2023 · 27 minutes
What’s Next for Prosecutor’s Office After Kim Foxx?

Last week, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced she will not be seeking a third term next year. Foxx was... more

01 May 2023 · 27 minutes
More Migrants Arriving, Growing Youth Employment, and Happy Birthday Jacoby

More than 7,000 mostly Venezuelan asylum seekers have arrived to Chicago from other states since last fall, many of them... more

28 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Here’s Why You’re Wrong About Deep Dish

Deep-dish pizza is polarizing for tourists, newbies, and longtime Chicagoans. It’s mockingly referred to as a casserole rather than pizza,... more

27 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
After Breaking Everest Record, Local Climber Has an Epic New Challenge

Last year, Lucy Westlake became the youngest American woman to summit Mount Everest. She previously broke the world record for... more

26 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Summer Camps, Lifeguards, and Our Favorite Parks

The list of Park District summer programs was released Monday, so the competitive process of registration begins May 1. If... more

25 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
What Lawmakers Are Arguing For and Against in Springfield

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson was in Springfield last week to pitch his mayoral agenda to Illinois lawmakers, including increased state funding... more

24 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Lightfoot Media Silence, Bye, Bye Burke, and Hello Cherry Blossoms

Both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Alderman Ed Burke had their last meeting in City Council this week. Lightfoot was defeated... more

21 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Is Chicago Actually the Country Music Capital?

Nearly 100 years ago this week, the “National Barn Dance” premiered on WLS Radio in Chicago. The show introduced country... more

20 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
The Perfect Chicago Day For $50? Challenge Accepted.

From shows to festivals to bars to shops, there are plenty of easy ways to empty out your wallet on... more

19 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Make a Budget Without Getting Overwhelmed

With taxes on the brain today, we have designated the entire week as “Personal Budget Week” in our daily newsletter... more

18 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Why You Should Remember the Name Lenard Clark

In 1997, a 13-year-old Black kid from the South Side named Lenard Clark was beaten into a coma by a... more

17 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
BONUS: 'The Moth' Presents Jacoby's Skate Down Memory Lane

We’re coming to you on a Saturday with a special episode from The Moth, the arts organization that’s dedicated to... more

15 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
DNC's Coming, Walmart's Leaving, and Diar DeRozan Is Our MVP

Chicago and Illinois leaders secured the bid for Chicago to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention, Walmart announced it’s closing... more

14 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Why Chicago's the Center of Sneaker Culture

The new movie “Air” tells the story behind Michael Jordan’s debut shoe, the Air Jordan 1, nearly 40 years ago.... more

13 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Chicago Gay Hockey League Says Pride Is More Than a Jersey

The Blackhawks’ final game of the season is tomorrow after the team failed to make the playoffs for the third... more

12 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
How Mayor-Elect Johnson Might Tackle Transit, Public Health, and the Environment

Even before mayor-elect Brandon Johnson is sworn in May 15, he’ll face questions about his plans for city departments and... more

11 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Golden Gloves Is About More Than Boxing

It’s Golden Gloves week! The renowned amateur boxing tournament is celebrating 100 years, with championship matches starting Thursday. Host Jacoby... more

10 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Young Voters Turn Out, Englewood Protests Save-A-Lot, and Who's the Best Podcast?

The next mayor of Chicago, Brandon Johnson, will be the first mayor from the West Side in 90 years when... more

07 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
It’s Time to Landmark Chicago as Birthplace of House Music

House music was born in Chicago's Black and brown LGBTQ communities almost 50 years ago. Now preservationists and historians want... more

06 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Brandon Johnson is the New Mayor. So What’s Next?

The municipal election has felt very long. Because it has been very long. When none of the nine candidates received... more

05 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Rebranding Election Season, Northerly Island, and Carp to Copi

It’s election day! So by tonight, we may know who will be leading the country’s third-largest city as voters cast... more

04 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
How Well Does ChatGPT Know Chicago?

Artificial intelligence is being talked about a lot right now, from fabricating pictures of the Pope, to creating original trippy... more

03 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
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
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Nobody likes to think about what happens to their bodies after they die, but it’s an important decision. A bill expected to... more