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