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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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COVID Meds Sticker Shock, LGBTQ Health Center Layoffs, and Chi Holiday Traditions

November’s general election saw the fourth-lowest midterm voter turnout in Illinois in 40 years. So what can we expect in... more

09 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
Get in the Bavarian Spirit in Lincoln Square

We met up with Lincoln Square neighbor Gretchen Eng to discuss her favorite things to do, see, and eat in... more

08 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
What Does Chicago Taste Like? This Couple Finds Out

Dario Durham and Sara Faddah come from very different food traditions. Faddah is originally from Jordan, and cooks the Arab... more

07 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Four Things That Could Make Chicago Safer for Cyclists

Across Chicago, cars have crashed into cyclists in the bike lane more than 400 times between 2020-22, according to an investigation by... more

06 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
How ‘South Side’ Creators Stay True to Chicago on TV

Season three of “South Side” premieres Thursday on HBOMax. The comedy follows various characters — from workers at a rent-to-own... more

05 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
Abortion Advocates Take Flight, Bye Bye Burke, and Deck the City Halls!

The filing deadline for the February municipal election was Monday. One name that won’t be on the ballot for the... more

02 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
What Makes Englewood So Good? We’ll Show You.

When City Cast Chicago first talked to Dion Dawson in 2021, he said, “Englewood was everything that I needed it... more

01 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Fashion is Ageist. This Chi Company is Trying to Help

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently boasted that Chicago is the 4th best city in the U.S. for startups. The Chicago... more

30 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
When Polish People Came to Chicago, They Came to Jackowo

Chicago once had the second highest population of Polish people in the world outside of Warsaw, and many called Jackowo,... more

29 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
How Charlie Trotter Made Chicago a Culinary Capital

Chef Charlie Trotter opened his eponymous restaurant in Lincoln Park in 1987, pushing Chicago to a new culinary level. Some... more

28 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Mexico vs. Poland World Cup Match Brings Chi Cultures Together

Mexico and Poland faced off Tuesday as part of the World Cup. Both countries have large populations in the Chicago... more

23 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
What Are Police District Councils and Why Are They Important?

In addition to mayor and alders, Chicago voters in February’s municipal election will elect civilian police district councils. Those are... more

22 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ Is the Best Thanksgiving Movie

The City Cast Chicago team is ringing in the holiday week with another round of Re: VIEWS where we break... more

21 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Property Tax Woes, Illinois’ Weed Problem, and Justin Fields Looking Good

Host Jacoby Cochran is back behind the mic for the latest edition of our weekly news rewind. Today, we’ve got... more

18 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Puerto Rican and Latinx Culture Thrives in Humboldt Park and Hermosa

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

17 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Puppies Are Cute, But Who's Looking Out for the Lizards?

Animal shelters have struggled to find enough homes for all the dogs and cats that people got during the pandemic... more

16 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
Some Of My Best Friends Are: Live from Chicago

City Cast Chicago is bringing you a preview of another podcast, "Some of My Best Friends Are," from Pushkin Industries.... more

15 Nov 2022 · 39 minutes
Why the Famous ‘Candyland House’ Will Still Make You Smile

To get their new house in Rogers Park, Joe Bergantino and Ricky Gonzalez wrote the owner a letter promising to... more

15 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Why Chi Should Have a Museum to Public Housing

The story of public housing in Chicago is often a one-sided narrative about deteriorating buildings, crime-ridden corridors, drug trafficking and... more

14 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Goodbye Midterms, Hello Mayor's Race. Plus, 'Wakanda Forever'

After months of speculation, U.S. Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is officially running for mayor of Chicago. Garcia notably announced his... more

11 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
What Hip-Hop Blogs Get Wrong—and Right—about Chicago

Election season can mean commercials and speeches full of fearmongering around crime, stereotypes about the South and West sides, and... more

10 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Here’s What Happened on Election Night

Voters in Illinois headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for local, state, and federal offices in midterm... more

09 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
Abortion Rights, Justice Reform at Stake in AG and Supreme Court Races

As we await election results tonight, our eyes are likely to get pulled to big congressional, legislative, and gubernatorial races.... more

08 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Obama’s Chief Speechwriter on the ‘Battle for America’

Few people probably remember that in 2015, the Supreme Court’s decisions on same sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, as... more

07 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
CTA Accountability, Midterm Prep, and Chi Transplant Advice

It’s the last weekend before midterm elections, so of course we’ve got big names making the rounds. President Joe Biden... more

04 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
So You Want to Build a House on a Vacant Lot?

During a budget hearing last month, Department of Planning and Development Commissioner Maurice D. Cox said the city has 4,000... more

03 Nov 2022 · 11 minutes
Can This Bulls Team Actually Win the Championship?

Last year around this time we asked, “Are these Bulls for real?” That’s because the team had one of its... more

02 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
What Does Cook County Do with its $8 Billion Budget?

In addition to statewide and congressional races, candidates for Cook County offices are on the ballot this election, including Cook... more

01 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
'Candyman' Has Been Scaring Chicago for 30 Years

Re-watching a classic film as an adult, after living for decades in the city where it's set, can bring out... more

31 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Your Last-Minute Halloween Guide

TimeOut Chicago editor Emma Krupp’s job is to bring readers events that cater to a range of interests, neighborhoods, and... more

28 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
South Shore: Beaches, Bungalows, and Obama

The South Shore neighborhood is home to beautiful beaches, amazing architecture, and an ornate ballroom where the Obamas had their... more

27 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Cuffing Season at the ‘Horny’ Farmers Market

The term "cuffing season" refers to single people looking to couple up for cold weather cuddles, holiday parties, and visiting... more

26 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
What the SAFE-T Act Really Does

As we get closer to Election Day, you’ve probably seen memes or posts wrongly decrying criminal justice reforms in Illinois... more

25 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Hike Your Way Through Fall: Our Top Picks

Fall is in full swing, but there’s still time to get outside before winter hits. Journalist and naturalist Zack Nauth... more

24 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Where Are Fed Funds, the CTA, and the Magic Stump?

The city earmarked $1.2 billion for social services in the 2022 “Chicago Recovery” Budget. But according to WTTW, just $130... more

21 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Why Avondale Really is That Cool

Shortly before the neighborhood was named one of the coolest in the world by TimeOut, City Cast listener Cat Kliegle... more

20 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Can Pilsen Project Help Tackle City Monument Trouble?

For years, Chicago has grappled with what to do about monuments that fail to recognize the whole truth of the... more

19 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
A Progressive Guide to Midterm Elections

With Election Day three weeks away, maybe you’re looking for some help making sense of everything that’s on the ballot,... more

18 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Eve Ewing Takes on Everything From Chicago Race Riots to Marvel Comics

Eve Ewing’s “1919” has been adapted from the page to the stage this month at Steppenwolf Theatre, with upcoming performances... more

17 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
Why is Civilian Police Oversight Taking So Long? Plus, Fantasy Halloween Costumes

Chicago’s new police oversight commission has been slow to hire staff, prompting tough questions from alders and organizers who’ve fought... more

14 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Our Must-See Screenings at Chicago International Film Festival

The 58th annual Chicago International Film Festival kicked off this week with screenings in venues all over the city —... more

13 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Where to Experience Black Panther Party History in Chicago

For years, Illinois’ Black Panther Party worked in neighborhoods across Chicago in places like churches, high schools, and theaters. Leila... more

12 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Get ‘Slow and Low’ at Lowrider Festival

This Saturday, thousands of people will descend on Navy Pier for Slow and Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival. The exhibition will... more

11 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Lightfoot's Election Year Budget, Housing People in Tiny Homes, and One Pretty Dope Play

Fridays are for getting caught up on the week’s news and prepping for the weekend. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to... more

07 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Skating Rinks, Nostalgia, & Maxwell's: Jacoby's Gresham Guide

Host Jacoby Cochran always says when he pictures Chicago, the first neighborhood that pops in his head is Auburn Gresham.... more

06 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Some Plays to See This Theater Season

Chicago Reader theater and dance editor Kerry Reid tells host Jacoby Cochran about plays she’s most excited about for fall. Kerry's... more

05 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
As ‘Punch 9’ Hits Theaters, the Life and Legacy of Chicago’s First Black Mayor

In 2022, Chicago celebrated the centennial birthday of the city’s first Black mayor, Harold Washington. Washington died in 1987 at... more

04 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
After 40 Years and No Charges, A Potential Twist in ‘Tylenol Murders’

Anyone who’s had a headache probably doesn’t think too hard before popping a Tylenol or other pain pill. But in... more

03 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
Near South Side School Moving Forward, Scam at Homeless Encampment, and Some Love for Monty and Rose

Host Jacoby Cochran, lead producer Carrie Shepherd, and producer Simone Alicea break down the top stories of the week, highlight... more

30 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Why Latinas Are Being Targeted with Abortion Misinformation

Since Roe v. Wade was overturned this summer, Latinas have faced an influx of Spanish-language misinformation and disinformation about abortion.... more

29 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
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
Public Pools Can Be Safe Havens...If They're Open

While Chicago’s beaches opened Memorial Day weekend, many of the city’s 49 outdoor pools and 28 indoor pools remain closed.... more

05 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
BONUS: The Original Sears Tower from Chicago History Podcast

We're off for the holiday, but we wanted to share this bonus episode from the Chicago History Podcast. We had... more

04 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Another Scary SCOTUS Decision, Few Summer Options for Kids, and Candace Parker is the GOAT!

The Supreme Court is back in the headlines thanks to another recent decision, this time limiting the ability to enforce... more

01 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Don't Call It a Comeback: House Music is Alive and Well in its Hometown

Some will say House music is having a “moment,” thanks to the release of Beyoncé’s new single, “Break My Soul,”... more

30 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
The Biggest Wins (and Losses) on Primary Day

Voters in Illinois headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for Democratic and Republican nominees for local, state,... more

29 Jun 2022 · 26 minutes
Street Performer Andrew David Sings Life Into the Loop

In case you couldn’t tell from the heat, summertime Chi is here. That means along with the tourists descending on... more

28 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
IL and PA Expect Influx of Abortion Patients as Roe Reversal Hits Nearby States Hard

We knew it was coming. But on Friday, the country officially entered a post-Roe v. Wade world, where abortion is... more

27 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
For Many in Chicago, the Pre-Roe World Meant a Call to the Janes

This episode was originally published on June 7, 2022. The reversal of Roe v. Wade won’t end abortion — it will... more

25 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Citadel Moves to Miami, Cook County Assessor’s Race Heats Up. Plus, AEW Comes to Town.

Summer officially started this week, and the City Cast Chicago team has put together a little summer bucket list to... more

24 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Amid Uncertain Abortion Access, New Play Centers the Fight in Englewood

In her new play “The Billboard,” journalist, author, and playwright Natalie Moore tells the story of a fictional abortion clinic... more

23 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
The Fly Honeys Are Back to Celebrate All Bodies

Are you familiar with The Fly Honeys? What was once a multi-weekend, sold-out production for a decade is being tailored... more

22 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Don't Just Guess. Here's a Guide to Voting for Judges.

The political lore in Chicago used to be that if you didn’t know which judges to vote for, you should... more

21 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
Remembering Mama Gloria

Trans activist "Mama Gloria" Allen died this week at the age of 76. To honor her memory, we're resharing our... more

18 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
Demanding Safer Roads and More Trees. Plus, Iconic Lions Get a Bath!

On Sunday, hundreds gathered to march from Lincoln Square to Uptown to memorialize two young children, 2 year old Raphael... more

17 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Our Love Letter to Harold's Chicken Shack: A Chi Institution

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

16 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Pro Soccer Instead of Housing? Sounds Like Another Broken Promise

When the former ABLA Homes on the Near West Side were torn down in the 2000s, the city promised to... more

15 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
What is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District? Hint: They’re in Your Drains

Early voting is underway for the June 28 primary. But sometimes you’re looking at a list of names, and you... more

14 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
Jacoby and Carrie Take On Chi Trivia

In honor of the Chicago Tribune’s 175th anniversary, the paper recently put out a Chicago history quiz. (Happy birthday, Trib... more

13 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Pride at the Beach, School, and Clubs (And Not Just in June)

Happy Pride month! Host Jacoby Cochran is looking back at some key stories from the week with Chicago Reader co-publisher... more

10 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
Paseo Boricua is Changing, But Puerto Rican Pride Remains Strong

Anyone who has ever walked by the Puerto Rican flag at Division and Western in Humboldt Park knows that Puerto... more

09 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
A Casino is Coming to River West. But How Do Neighbors Feel?

Whether you’re for or against, a casino is coming to Chicago. The mayor and City Council have both approved a... more

08 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Before Roe v. Wade, Woman Called ‘Jane.’ Here's Who Answered.

The reversal of Roe v. Wade won’t end abortion — it will make access to safe abortion much more difficult.... more

07 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
An Alderwoman Applied for Housing in 1993. She Got a Response Last Week.

A tweet by 20th Ward Ald. Jeanette Taylor went viral last week. Taylor tweeted: “I first applied for an affordable... more

06 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Finding Love, Home, and Yourself: Stories from Karaoke Storytellers

Every song has a story — that’s the idea behind Karaoke Storytellers. Performers get up, tell a story, and then... more

03 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
What the City's New Casino Can Learn From Cabrini-Green's Broken Promises

Yesterday, we explored the history of disinvestment and displacement at Cabrini-Green, Chicago’s infamous public housing complex on the Near North... more

02 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Destruction of Cabrini-Green Made Development of Bally's Casino Possible

Last week, City Council approved the plans for a Bally’s Casino at the old Tribune publishing site in River West.... more

01 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Primary Prep: Crowded Field Compete for Center of Black Political Power in 1st District

After 30 years, residents in the 1st Congressional District are preparing to elect a new Representative. Bobby Rush —co-founder of... more

31 May 2022 · 14 minutes
Why TX Gov. Should Keep 'Chicago' Out of His Mouth, New Curfew Passes, and More Books!

Earlier this week, after 19 children and 2 adults were gunned down at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas Gov.... more

27 May 2022 · 20 minutes
How Tortilleria Workers Are Trying to Make The Workplace Better

The El Milagro tortilla brand is strong in Chicago. You can find it in almost every grocery store, and you... more

26 May 2022 · 15 minutes
The Story of Meeting President Kennedy, Making History, and a 50-Year Fight for Justice

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

25 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Leaving Home, Finding Fame, and the West Side Come Together on Saba’s ‘Few Good Things’

City Cast host Jacoby Cochran recently joined the podcast Album ReBrews to drink beers from Funkytown Brewery and talk about... more

24 May 2022 · 14 minutes
Primary Prep: Candidates Compete to be ‘Most Conservative’ in GOP Gov’s Race

Early voting in the June primary begins Thursday in Chicago, and is already underway elsewhere in the state. There are six... more

23 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Alders Vote on Casino, Gov Bans ‘Ghost Guns’, and Cyclists Connect in North Lawndale

This week, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill requiring all firearms, gun kits, and 3D-printed guns to have a visible... more

20 May 2022 · 23 minutes
Summer Book Recs from Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen

Whether your summer plans include sitting on the beach, taking a road trip, flying, or just staying home — you... more

19 May 2022 · 18 minutes
GoodKids MadCity Say Curfews Aren't How You Solve Violence

This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order authorizing police to immediately enforce a 10 p.m. curfew for Chicago... more

18 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Retiring Whitney Young Principal on What CPS Should Do Better

After nearly 30 years at the helm, Joyce Kenner is retiring as principal of Whitney Young high school. The CPS... more

17 May 2022 · 18 minutes
From McDonald’s to Millionaire: Willie Wilson and the Story of Black Franchise Ownership

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson most recently made headlines as the giver of free gas, but have you wondered where he... more

16 May 2022 · 19 minutes
BONUS: The CHGO Sports Podcast: The Ultimate Chicago Road Trip

The 2022 Bears schedule is now official, which means plenty of fans will be booking their flights across the country.... more

14 May 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
New Leadership at Improv Institutions, Chicagwa Takes, and What is a Lumpsucker?

City Cast producer Simone Alicea is in the host chair this week to dig into some top stories around Chicago.... more

13 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Primary Prep: Who's Running in IL 3rd District? And Where Is It?

Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District was redrawn last year to include more of Chicago’s Northwest Side, including gentrifying neighborhoods like Logan... more

12 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Pinball, Gyms, and now a Casino? Bally’s Chicago History

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tapped Bally’s to be the first and only casino operator in Chicago. The decision still needs... more

11 May 2022 · 15 minutes
Sky’s the Limit: The Quest for Back-to-Back Titles

The reigning WNBA Champion Chicago Sky began the 2022 season last Friday at home against the LA Sparks. Like most... more

10 May 2022 · 16 minutes
CPS Leader Pedro Martinez on Budget: ‘Equitable Doesn’t Mean Enough’

Chicago Public Schools’ enrollment has dropped by more than 100,000 students in the last twenty years. And in Chicago, fewer... more

09 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Roe v. Wade Impact, Chi Casino is Really Coming, and the WNBA Champs are Back!

Earlier this week, a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court’s conservative majority signaled the end of Roe v. Wade.... more

06 May 2022 · 26 minutes
Modern Gospel Was Born on the South Side. Here’s Its Story.

Gospel music has roots in southern spirituals during slavery and migrated north during the Great Migration in the early 1900s.... more

05 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Chi Abortion Rights Activists: ‘We Told You This was Going to Happen’

Reproductive rights activists in Chicago are kicking into high gear after a draft majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court... more

04 May 2022 · 16 minutes
From Naperville to Nepal: Lucy Westlake is Climbing Mount Everest

Lucy Westlake isn’t walking at graduation this spring with her class at Naperville North High School. That’s because the 18... more

03 May 2022 · 15 minutes
Everything You Need to Know About Voting in Chi

Early voting in Illinois’ primaries begins in just a few weeks. After getting a new voter registration card in the... more

02 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Gas Cards Are Coming, Another Metal Shredder, and Big Union Wins!

This week, the Chicago Reader and its former co-owner ended a month-long stalemate that threatened the future of the beloved... more

29 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
CPS School Ratings Are Going Away. What Will Replace Them?

This week, five of Chicago’s selective enrollment high schools ranked among the county’s top 100 high schools, according to U.S.... more

28 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
In Chicago, Nature is Closer Than You Think

When you live in a big city like Chicago, it can be really easy to forget just how much nature... more

27 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
From UIC to Starbucks, Unions are Having a Moment

**UPDATE** The Graduate Employees' Organization tweeted late Monday night that the strike was suspended. The podcast is updated to include that... more

26 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Ald. Nicole Lee Aims to Chart New Course for 11th Ward

A month ago, Nicole Lee was appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to finish the term of former 11th Ward Ald.... more

25 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Do Cameras Make Us Safer? Plus, Masks Off (Again) and the Great Potato Salad Debate

After a judge struck down the federal mask mandate on planes and public transit, Gov. Pritzker revoked the state’s mask policy... more

22 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Chicago Improv Alums Matt Walsh and Brad Morris Take on Tech Dependency in ‘Unplugging’

“Unplugging” opens in theaters this weekend in Chicago and suburbs. Eva Longoria and Matt Walsh star as a married couple... more

21 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
The Illinois Lottery Comes From A Bronzeville Parlor Game

The Illinois Lottery as we know it today with Pick 3, Pick 4, and Mega Millions games has its roots... more

20 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
New Podcast Makes Oprah a College Level Course

Oprah Winfrey—aka “The Queen of Talk”—covered everything from veganism to the L.A. Riots to Dr. Phil (yeah, she had some... more

19 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
'You Want Harold, You Got Him': How Harold Washington Beat the Machine

Friday, April 15, would have been Harold Washington’s 100th birthday, and centennial celebrations continue this week. More than 30 years... more

18 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
CTA Safety, Sky High Grocery Bills, and Let's Go Bulls!

Earlier this week a man opened fire on a New York City subway train shooting 10 people and injuring 13... more

15 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Wondering What Your Alderperson is Doing All Day?

City Council members have a lot of meetings. But how many of the full council, committee, and subcommittee meetings do... more

14 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

In Ukrainian culture, “pysanky” is a centuries-old form of decorating eggs. In fact, it predates Easter itself. Using eggs, beeswax,... more

13 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
While Cubs Rebuild, Sox Chase Championship Dreams

The temperatures are rising, spring is here and baseball is back! The White Sox (2-1) have their home opener today... more

12 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Chicago and Vegas on Shortlist for DNC. But Do We Want It?

Chicago and Las Vegas have emerged as top candidates to potentially host the Democratic National Convention in 2024. Chicago most... more

11 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
E-Scooters are Coming, the Battle for Life Rings Continues, and a Few Karaoke Classics...

The city announced that nearly 4000 E-Scooters are returning to streets next month. Divvy, Lime, Superpedestrian and Spin are the... more

08 Apr 2022 · 34 minutes
Have You Heard of the Spine Collector? This Evanston Writer Has.

For ten years, Evanston writer Peter Baker had been working on his first novel, and he was eager to get... more

07 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
South Siders Split on Building Tiger Woods Golf Course

The Obama Presidential Center isn’t the only major development hoping to call Jackson Park home. For years, Tiger Woods’ design... more

06 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Are Block Clubs So Chicago?

During a public safety press conference Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced efforts to invest in the development and expansion of... more

05 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
‘Blind Spots,’ Coverups, and Denying Mental Health Care: Podcast Investigates Illinois Prisons

In 2018, three guards brutally beat Larry Earvin at Western Illinois Correctional Center, where Earvin was incarcerated. He died weeks... more

04 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
Questioning Police Narratives, Trans Visibility Day, and Brown Sugar Bakery Love!

This week, South Side Weekly’s Chima Ikoro and freelance journalist and professor Arionne Nettles break down the big stories of... more

01 Apr 2022 · 33 minutes
Newly Obtained Images Show CPD Excessive Force During Columbus Statue Protests

This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot asserted the Christopher Columbus statue would eventually return to Grant Park. The city removed the... more

31 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
'Abbott Elementary's' Chris Perfetti Fulfills Dream with Steppenwolf's 'King James'

Actor Chris Perfetti wasn’t a big basketball fan growing up. But he was a big Steppenwolf Theatre fan. So when... more

30 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
What Illinois Can Teach Texas About Cannabis

Recreational weed has been available in Illinois since 2020. Meanwhile, in Texas, a Democratic gubernatorial challenger is pushing to legalize... more

29 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Do Chicagoans Get Answers at Town Halls?

Homicides this year in Chicago are on track to be similar to last year, one of the deadliest years in... more

28 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
New 11th Ward Alder, Casino Finalists, and Perfect Parking

This week the City Cast Chicago team is together in person bringing you the best podcast and newsletter in Chicago.... more

25 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
A Chicago Heiress, Miniature Murder Scenes, and the Birth of Forensic Science

Frances Glessner Lee was from one of early Chicago’s most prominent families, living on one of the cities wealthiest blocks... more

24 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
IL’s Aging Undocumented Population is Living — and Dying — In the Shadows

By 2030, Illinois could be home to 55,000 people over the age of 65 living without citizenship, according to a... more

23 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
Facebook Could Owe You $400. Here’s Why.

Chicago attorney Jay Edelson filed a lawsuit against Facebook in 2015, claiming the social media giant violated his client’s privacy,... more

22 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Pandemic Life Two Years Later

Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-home order went into effect two years ago today. It’s been two years of change, uncertainty, and... more

21 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
BONUS: How J.P. Graziano Became The Gucci of Giardiniera via It's All Good: A Block Club Chicago Podcast

We're doing a pod swap this week with our good friends at Block Club Chicago. In this episode, "It's All Good"... more

19 Mar 2022 · 20 minutes
Willie Wilson’s Gasathon, 'The Billboard' Play, and Music Fest Fever

As we celebrate one year of the City Cast Chicago podcast and newsletter, we are so excited to look back... more

18 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
12 Hours on the Red and Blue Lines. What Happened?

Last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, and CTA President Dorval Carter to announce a $71... more

17 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
So THAT's Chicagoans' Biggest Complaint?

If you need snow shoveled in your neighborhood, a pothole filled, or rats cleared in your alley, you call 311.... more

16 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
For This Student and Teacher, Art Is Their Language

The Chicago Academy for the Arts is not like all schools. Students are immersed in their art, whether it’s theater,... more

15 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
Meet the Private Citizens Making Data More Public

Since the start of the pandemic, public health leaders have told us they’re following the data to make policy decisions,... more

14 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
More Cops on CTA, Ukrainian Resilience, and Fun Weekend Plans

Two first-time guests join us to look back on the week. Chicago Sun-Times reporter Cheyanne Daniels joins us from a... more

11 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
In Avondale, Polish Music Is Replaced By Construction

Jackowo used to be the heart of Chicago’s Polish community, in a city that once had the second highest population... more

10 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
How South Siders Are Fighting to be Part of Obama Center 'Transformation'

Construction is underway on the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. But since the project launched, residents in nearby neighborhoods... more

09 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
‘Love is Blind’ Chose Deepti Vempati. Deepti Chose…Herself.

Netflix’s reality dating show “Love Is Blind” has captivated global audiences. The show follows 30 strangers on a series of... more

08 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
Chicago's First Maskless Weekend

This past weekend was the first since the city and state lifted indoor mask mandates. Businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues... more

07 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
Mighty Madigan Falls, Lightfoot Makes, uh, Big Claim, and Happy Birthday Chi!

It was another busy week across the city of Chicago. WBEZ’s Mariah Woelfel and Axios Chicago’s Justin Kaufmann stopped by... more

04 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
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Netflix’s reality dating show “Love Is Blind” has captivated global audiences. The show follows 30 strangers on a series of blind dates,... more