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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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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
Three Years of COVID. Plus, Incumbent Alders in Runoff

Three years ago today, Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order went into effect as COVID-19 swept the world. Host Jacoby Cochran,... more

21 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
How the ComEd Corruption Trial Affects All of Us

Week two of “ComEd Four” trial gets underway today. That’s the trial of four former executives and lobbyists who are accused... more

20 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Fire Safety Lags, Alders Seek Independence, and Here Come Summer Music Lineups

We are joined by the Chicago Reader’s Social Justice Reporter Debbie-Marie Brown and from the Illinois Answer's Project & Better... more

17 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
These Are Chicago’s Best Music Venues

Beyonce, Metallica, Drake, Taylor Swift, and others will play Chicago’s biggest arenas and stadiums at hefty prices this Summer. But... more

16 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
A Chicago Heiress Made Miniature Murder Scenes and Forensic Science Was Born

Do you think you could solve a murder just by looking at a miniature re-creation of the crime scene? Frances... more

15 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
SAFE-T Act and 'ComEd Four' in Court. Plus, When and Where is The Taste?

It can feel like it’s all mayor’s race all the time as we head into the April 4 runoff election,... more

14 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Here's Why Chi’s Next Mayor Will Change Education

Ahead of the April 4th runoff, mayoral candidates Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson have made education a major part of... more

13 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Johnson and Vallas’ First Debate, Women in Trades, and Chi’s Open Mic Scene

Mayoral Candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas had their first televised debate this week ahead of the April 4th runoff.... more

10 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
The Foods You Didn’t Know Were Invented in Chi

Most people around the world are familiar with Chicago’s classic foods—Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish or tavern style pizzas, and... more

09 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Simeon's Basketball Dynasty: 10 Years Later

For the last 20 years, Simeon Career Academy High School basketball has been one of the city’s most dominant sports... more

08 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Are These the Most Beautiful Places in Chicago?

Geoffrey Baer has been showing off Chicago’s architecture and natural beauty for decades. First as a docent for the Chicago... more

07 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
What Does Chicago Need to Do for Safer Streets?

Next week, City Council is set to consider ordinances that would crack down on drivers parked in bus and bike... more

06 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Police Head Out, Who’s Next? Plus, Loop Living and Beautiful Places

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Wednesday he’s resigning effective March 16. Both mayoral runoff contenders Paul Vallas and Brandon... more

03 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Create an Elaborate Work of Art on an Egg

Starting Saturday, the Ukrainian National Museum will host workshops on how to write pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs.... more

02 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Election Results Are In…But Now There’s a Runoff

City Cast Chicago is in you feed a little later this morning, so we could bring you the most up-to-date... more

01 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Chi Music Scene Gets Spotlight in NPR Series

As you head to the polls today, we want to offer a little respite from all the political coverage. And... more

28 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Does Chi Need 50 Alders?

Tomorrow, voters will choose who will run the city as they cast ballots for mayor and City Council. But aside... more

27 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
Weekly News Recap from WBEZ's 'Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons'

We've got something special for you this weekend. We're sharing the Weekly News Recap from our friends over at WBEZ's... more

25 Feb 2023 · 46 minutes
Election Fatigue, Expanding Paid Leave, and Spring…Is That You??

After months of campaigning, commercials, and forums, election day is Tuesday. But we’re wondering: Does the mayoral race have a... more

24 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
HBO Max Is Dropping ‘South Side’ But We’re Not

In a blow to Chicago comedy fans, HBO Max announced Tuesday that it would not pick up “South Side” for... more

23 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
What You Need to Know About the New Police District Councils

Police district councils are new on the ballot in next week’s municipal election. Voters in each of the city’s 22... more

22 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
What Are Chi Voters’ Biggest Concerns?

Chicago’s municipal election is one week from today. So how are voters feeling about the biggest issues facing the city?... more

21 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
More Money for Students, Bears Close in Burbs, and Chi Love Letters!

As the Chicago Bears closed on a $197 million property deal in Arlington Heights, Gov. JB Pritzker promised nearly $1... more

17 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Yes, Chicago Has An East Side: Here's Why You Need to Visit

When you ask about East Side, many Chicagoans will look at you quizzically and say, “What, like Lake Michigan?” But... more

16 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
How Political Ads Motivate Voters

As Feb. 28th approaches, political ads for the municipal elections are only getting more frequent and aggressive. Democratic media strategist... more

15 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Dating in Chi Can Be Good, Bad, or Just Strange

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’ve got a date planned with the love of your life or you’re going solo, the... more

14 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Benny the Bull Shows Us Why He’s the GOAT

Over the years, the Chicago Bulls have had some of the biggest names in basketball. And while players come and... more

13 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Is Chuy Progressive? How Will Chi Spend HUD Funds? Jerk Chicken Pop-Tarts?!

A new film studio in South Shore broke ground this week, and neighbors are excited for the possibilities. Meanwhile, as... more

10 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Why ‘Love Jones’ Belongs in Rom-Com Canon

We are back with another edition of Re:VIEWS, where we rewatch and break down some classic Chicago films. In the... more

09 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
'Sexy Asians' Podcast Fights Fetishization and Lazy Stereotypes

“Asians have long been ignored, fetishized or made the butt of the joke in America. We want to put that... more

08 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
From Wards 1 to 50: Aldermanic Races We’re Watching

Between retirements, resignations, and redistricting, at least 11 of Chicago’s 50 wards is getting a new alderperson. And there are... more

07 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
How to Grow Weed at Home

While cannabis has been legal in Illinois for a few years, until now there hasn’t been a place for medical... more

06 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
ComEd Deal Stalls, Why Pre-K Matters, and Good Luck on Beyonce Tix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
A Stroll Through Lincoln Park—Past and Present

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

28 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Taking a Quick Spin of Beverly

Back in August, host Jacoby Cochran and librarian Ashley Rayner went to Ridge Park in Beverly to talk about Ashley’s... more

27 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Some Gooood News That Got Us Through 2022

The news can get us all down, but each day on City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran shares some good... more

22 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
How to Best Prepare for a Blizzard

Meteorologists are forecasting snow, high winds, and dangerously cold temperatures starting Thursday. And whether you’re new to the city or... more

21 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Why Chicago is Perfect for a Holiday Rom-Com

Who doesn’t love snuggling up in front of the TV to rewatch a classic Christmas movie over the holidays? The... more

20 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
Why Ice Fishing Tents Are Better for People Who Are Homeless

Chicago is set to get blasted with dangerously cold temperatures this week, which only highlights the desperate need to safely... more

19 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Casino is Coming, Starbucks is Striking, and NASCAR in Chi

Chicago City Council gave the Bally’s Casino its official stamp of approval, but will they do the same with a... more

16 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
How Encrypted Police Scanners Threaten Transparency

In a joint statement published this week, Chicago’s daily newspapers, TV news stations, and online outlets pushed back on a... more

15 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
O’Hare’s Upped Its Dining Game. Here Are the Best Places to Eat

If your holiday travels take you through O’Hare International Airport, consider this list for places to eat and drink. Writer... more

14 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
Why This Student-Run Restaurant is a Great Deal (Yes, It’s Good)

This time of year, publications are releasing their “Best Of” lists, and in Chicago, that often means: “Best Restaurants.” One... more

13 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Are Tourists Coming Back to Chicago?

Chicago’s tourism arm, Choose Chicago, has a goal of about 54 million visitors for 2023. That means leisure and business... more

12 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
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
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In 1961, Abraham Bolden became the first Black Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail. Bolden says when he left... more