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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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Episodes

Riot Fest Moving, Foxtrot Returning, and Summer Fest Trivia

Riot Fest announced Wednesday that it is leaving Douglass Park for SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview, blaming the Chicago Park... more

14 Jun 2024 · 35 minutes
What’s the Best Day of Lolla and Pitchfork?

Thanks to the beer-loving folks over at Revolution Brewing we have been talking about neighborhood summer festivals all week long.... more

13 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
What to Eat at Chicago’s Summer Festivals

It wouldn't be summer fest season if we didn't talk about some of Chicago's amazing food festivals. Host Jacoby Cochran... more

12 Jun 2024 · 24 minutes
Why Chicago is the Summer Festival Capital

While Chicagoans enjoy thousands of summer options every year, have you ever stopped and wondered just how much goes into... more

11 Jun 2024 · 28 minutes
The Ultimate Summertime Chi Fest Guide

Summer festival season is here! That’s why we’re bringing you a guide to the neighborhood fests you have to check... more

10 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
Policing the DNC, Sky's Unfair Coverage, and Free Metra Rides

Earlier this week law enforcement officials including Chicago Police Department Superintendent Larry Snelling assured Chicagoans that CPD is prepared for... more

07 Jun 2024 · 35 minutes
Gays in Gospel, Godzilla's Birthday, and Summer Beach Reads

Summertime Chi is always busy. So we want to make sure we’re keeping you up to date on the best... more

06 Jun 2024 · 20 minutes
Chicago’s Best Rooftops, Patios, and Alfresco Dining

‘Tis the season for patios, rooftops, and other outdoor dining opportunities in Chicago. The Infatuation’s Adrian Kane and John Ringor... more

05 Jun 2024 · 23 minutes
Reopening Mental Health Clinics, Reader's Weekly Return, and Remote Work...Downtown?

Last Thursday, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced that the Roseland Mental Health Clinic will reopen after 35 years. The city will... more

04 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
Why Extreme Heat is Worse in Some Neighborhoods

As Summertime Chi heats up, some neighborhoods will be hotter than others. And with those higher temps come bigger risks... more

03 Jun 2024 · 18 minutes
School Budget Cuts, Rebuilding Prisons, and Cicada Malört

Chicago Public Schools’ new funding formula moves away from enrollment-based funding to a needs-based approach that they say prioritizes the... more

31 May 2024 · 30 minutes
Your Guide to June in Chicago

If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you... more

30 May 2024 · 28 minutes
How Many Chickens Can You Keep in Chicago?

Sick of expensive grocery store eggs and dreaming of ways to avoid them? Living in a big city, you might... more

29 May 2024 · 21 minutes
Will Chicago Housing Authority Ever Deliver on Promises?

We at City Cast Chicago have spent a lot of time covering public housing, from the legacy of demolition, to... more

28 May 2024 · 25 minutes
ShotSpotter's Uncertain Future, Fish Rebrand Failing, and West Side Gardeners

Earlier this week, City Council voted 34-14 on an ordinance aimed at keeping ShotSpotter, an attempt to reverse Mayor Brandon... more

24 May 2024 · 32 minutes
How Sound Can Make You Feel Better

While National Mental Health Awareness Month is coming to an end, the Chicago Department of Public Health will be continuing... more

23 May 2024 · 20 minutes
Where To Find Chicago’s Best Frozen Desserts

The days are getting warmer, making this the perfect time to get yourself something sweet and cold. Host Jacoby Cochran... more

22 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Lawmakers' Spring Sprint, News Quiz, and Cicada Watch

It’s the last week of the spring session for Illinois lawmakers. Hundreds of bills have already passed but there are... more

21 May 2024 · 27 minutes
How Illinois Got a Reservation After Nearly 200 Years

For the first time in nearly two centuries, Illinois is home to federally recognized tribal land. The Prairie Band Potawatomi signed... more

20 May 2024 · 17 minutes
More Money for Chicago Schools, Police Oversight Tension, and Environmental Restoration

Earlier this week representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools were together in Springfield to lobby the... more

17 May 2024 · 41 minutes
How To Find Chicago’s Best Music Venues

Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Pink, Pearl Jam, and other icons will play Chicago’s biggest arenas and stadiums at hefty... more

16 May 2024 · 16 minutes
How to Eat Cicadas. Yes, We're Serious

For the first time in over 200 years, two broods of cicadas are emerging simultaneously. While we have answered what... more

15 May 2024 · 22 minutes
Trump Tower Tax Trouble, Mayor’s Grades, and a Cicada Costume

A former Loretto Hospital executive has been charged with helping to embezzle money from the West Side hospital during the... more

14 May 2024 · 33 minutes
Why Mayor Brandon Johnson Won't Grade His First Year

It has been one year since Brandon Johnson was inaugurated as Chicago’s 57th Mayor. Host Jacoby Cochran sits down with... more

13 May 2024 · 36 minutes
From City Cast Denver: Introducing ‘Lauren Boebert Can’t Lose’

Hey there! We are excited to share the trailer for a new special limited series from our friends and colleagues... more

11 May 2024 · 2 minutes
New DCFS Director, Pulitzer Prize Winners, and Happy Mother’s Day

After an eight-day pro-Palestinian protest at University of Chicago, police cleared the encampment on early Tuesday. Invisible Institute’s Trina Reynolds-Tyler... more

10 May 2024 · 27 minutes
How Footwork Rose from Chicago Concrete

Summer dance season is almost here. And if Taylor Bennett’s new single “2 Much” is any indication, Footwork is going... more

09 May 2024 · 20 minutes
The 3 Unwritten Rules of Chicago Farmers Markets

It’s farmers market season, and we’re here to talk about what you need to know to make the best of... more

08 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Chicago Casino’s Future, College Protests Continue, and Happy Teacher Day!

Pro-Palestinian protests have continued at several college campuses across Chicago despite an increased presence of police and counter-protesters. Dozens of... more

07 May 2024 · 27 minutes
What to Know About Cicadas in Chicago

You might not hear them yet, but cicadas have already started emerging in Illinois. Over the next few weeks, overlapping... more

06 May 2024 · 17 minutes
Campus Protests Grow, Blues Destination Reopens, and Kendrick Fires Back!

This week as pro-Palestinian protests picked up on campuses across the country, Chicago area students also began setting up encampments... more

03 May 2024 · 35 minutes
What Young People Need From Chicago

Applications are now open for the Mayor’s Youth Commission, a group of Chicagoans ages 14 to 19 who work to... more

02 May 2024 · 18 minutes
Your Guide to May in Chicago

If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you... more

01 May 2024 · 23 minutes
Possible CTA Merger, Foxtrot Lawsuit, and New Birria Deep-Dish

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would merge CTA and other regional transit agencies. Executive producer Simone Alicea and... more

30 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
Are Grocery Chains Chicago’s Only Option?

There’s been a lot of grocery news lately: Foxtrot and Dom’s closing. The Kroger-Albertsons merger. Not to mention all the... more

29 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
CTA Investigation, Counting Migrant Students, and Bears Stadium Plans

Calls to oust CTA President Dorval Carter continue after a bus driver died behind the wheel after sitting unconscious for... more

26 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Are These Chicago's Ugliest Buildings?

We often hear about the Tribune Tower, the Chicago Cultural Center and of course the once-called Sears Tower, but do... more

25 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Tasty Tips for Eating Less Meat in Chicago

With one week left in Earth Month, you might be thinking about ways to make more environmentally conscious choices. One... more

24 Apr 2024 · 16 minutes
More Migrant Funds, Indie Bookstore Day, and Chicago Pests

City Council approved $70 million Friday to care for new arrivals. That’s in addition to the $150 million allocated in... more

23 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
Will Chicago Be Ready for Record Rain and Floods?

Chicago’s most threatening natural disaster is severe flooding, the Illinois Answers Project reports. Many residents are still recovering from last... more

22 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Mass Shooting Vigil, Pride Parade Shrinks, and Sky Tickets Skyrocket

The Back of the Yards neighborhood is still recovering from a mass shooting that took place over the weekend. WTTW’s... more

19 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
What Are Chicago’s Biggest Mysteries?

Is the Jane Addams museum haunted? How did Chance the Snapper end up in the Humboldt Park Lagoon? And why... more

18 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Is Chicago a Wine City?

We’ve gifted it to someone, maybe gone to a tasting, or seen a vineyard before, but how much do we... more

17 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
Protest Blocks O’Hare Traffic, CTA Wishes, and Bad Day Advice

Pro-Palestinian protesters blocked traffic on I-190 to O’Hare airport Monday morning. Host Jacoby Cochran and executive producer Simone Alicea talk... more

16 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
Is Illinois About to Give You Free Cash?

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill to create a statewide guaranteed income program that would provide $1,000 monthly payments to... more

15 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Did Cops Lie About Fatal Traffic Stop? Plus, New Obama Center Ruling

Earlier this week, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released body cam footage, numerous bystander videos, and 911 calls related... more

12 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
The Unwritten Rules of Riding the CTA

New CTA schedules dropped over the weekend, but riders probably won’t see much difference. That’s despite promises in February from... more

11 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
Are Chicago Food Halls Worth It?

Food halls with multiple vendors have proliferated around Chicago the past several years. But to be honest, no one on... more

10 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
O’Hare Expansion, Cicada Takeover, and Parking Problems

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson is hoping to keep the expansion of O’Hare Airport on track. Host Jacoby Cochran and executive... more

09 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
How an Indiana Lawsuit Against Gunmakers Impacts Chicago

Last month, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against gun manufacturer Glock, arguing that the company has done nothing... more

08 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Paying School Board, NASCAR Traffic Plan, and New Chicago Reads

Chicago’s first school board elections take place this November. But now that we have a district map, election plan, and... more

05 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Why Chicago Pigeons Need Us

We see them everywhere, and Chicagoans may think of them as “rats with wings,” but do pigeons get a bad... more

04 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Is Chicago’s Fine Dining Scene Overrated?

Fine dining can be intimidating and expensive, but Chicago is home to many award-winning restaurants that stand out. Last year,... more

03 Apr 2024 · 21 minutes
The Future of 911, Avoiding Parking Tickets, and Water Taxis Return

It's April, which means it’s street sweeping season. Producer Michelle Navarro joins host Jacoby Cochran to talk about what you... more

02 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Your Guide to April in Chicago

From the art that’s moving us to the events we’re watching to the bites we’re dreaming about, host Jacoby Cochran,... more

01 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
New Election Normal, School Board Candidates, and Chicago Loves Beyonce

It has been over a week since the polls closed in the Illinois primary, but there’s still no official winner... more

29 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
How to Buy a Bike in Chicago

Spring is here which means biking in the city is looking a lot more enjoyable. Whether you are a seasoned... more

28 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
This is Ramadan in Chicago

We’re about halfway through Ramadan — the Muslim holy month marked by charity, spiritual reflection, and daily fasting. With some... more

27 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
State’s Attorney’s Race Continues, CPS Funding Changes, and Honeymoon in the Burbs

It’s been a week, but the election is not over yet. As of this recording, just over 2000 votes separate... more

26 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Why Does Chicago Have So Many Lead Pipes?

A new study shows that more than two-thirds of kids under 6 in Chicago might be exposed to lead-contaminated water.... more

25 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Outstanding Election Questions, DNC Protests, and Lollapalooza Chicago Turns 20

With thousands of ballots still being counted, the fate of the highly contested Bring Chicago Home tax referendum remains unclear.... more

22 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Is Chicago the Sneaker (ahem Gym Shoe) Capital?

March Madness means basketball is on the brain, which makes it a good time to revisit how the sport has... more

21 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
The Surprises (and Snoozes) on Primary Day

Voters headed to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots for Democratic and Republican nominees for local, state, and federal... more

20 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
It’s Election Day! Plus, Migrant Evictions and Bears' Next QB

It’s primary election day! Between tonight and early tomorrow we will hopefully know the results of some key congressional races,... more

19 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Why Do Chicagoans Have to Complain to Get Things Done?

From rats in the alley to problem landlords, the first thing you’ll often hear is, “Call 311.” But while complaining... more

18 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Measles Outbreak, Rental Assistance Cliff, and Supreme Court on Referendum

There have been 10 confirmed measles cases reported at the Pilsen migrant shelter on Halsted Ave. City and state officials... more

15 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Why Does Chicago Dye the River Green?

On Saturday, the city will dye the Chicago River green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition has been... more

14 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
Is the Sweet Steak Sandwich Chicago's Most Underrated Classic?

Some classic Chicago foods, from deep-dish to jibaritos to Italian beef to paczki, can be found all over the city... more

13 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
Congressional Rematch, School Board Election Plan, and Fantasy Fest Lineup

Last week, the Illinois House passed a Senate bill finalizing a plan for Chicago to elect 10 members of a... more

12 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
How to Find an Apartment in Chicago

Across the city’s neighborhoods and apartment sizes, the median price to rent in Chicago is around $2,000, according to Zillow... more

11 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Tax Referendum is Back, Migrant Shelter Complaints, and Students Open Farm

Votes for the Bring Chicago Home referendum will be counted. Earlier this week, an appellate court judge reversed a lower... more

08 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
How to Celebrate Your Birthday in Chicago

Chicago celebrated its 187th birthday this week! And City Cast Chicago’s third birthday is coming up too. That got us... more

07 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
How the Jibarito Became a Chicago Icon

Gov. JB Pritzker recently announced $3 million for preservation efforts in seven Chicago neighborhoods, including Paseo Boricua in Humboldt Park.... more

06 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
CTA Dreams Big, Chicago No.1 for Bachelorettes, and Climate Anxiety Tips

Last week, CTA President Dorval Carter went to the City Council’s Transportation and Public Way committee and announced plans to... more

05 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
Why is Chicago Always Talking About TIF?

Mayor Brandon Johnson recently announced a plan to borrow $1.25 billion for housing and development investments and pay the debt... more

04 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Cops Out of Schools, Bears’ No. 1 Pick, and Goodbye Tom Skilling

Last week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to end Chicago Public Schools’ $10.3 million school resource officer program. High... more

01 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Your Guide to March in Chicago

While you’re enjoying your extra day of February, we are looking forward to all of the things on our March... more

29 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Why You Should Celebrate Chi’s B-Day With Onions

Next Monday, Chicago celebrates its 187th birthday, and we’re celebrating with onions instead of cake. That’s because the city’s name... more

28 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
Bring Chicago Home Blocked, A Viral Ode to Chi, and Where Tears Meet Romance

On Friday, a Cook County judge invalidated the Bring Chicago Home referendum, which asks Chicagoans if the city should create... more

27 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
3 Primary Races More Exciting Than President

Do you recognize all of the offices that will be on your primary ballot in March? Obviously the president and... more

26 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Pritzker's Budget, Museums Remove Indigenous Artifacts, and City Cast 3-Peat

Governor JB Pritzker delivered his $53 billion budget proposal this week. Host Jacoby Cochran, freelance journalist Britt Julious, and Axios... more

23 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Who Will Be Cook County's Next Top Prosecutor?

The Cook County State’s Attorney is the county’s top prosecutor, and the office has become one of the most scrutinized... more

22 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
How to Find Chicago's Secret Speakeasies and Restaurants

We talk a lot about Chicago’s world-renowned restaurant scene, but now it’s time to go underground. Adrian Kane and John... more

21 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
How Could Reparations Work in Chicago?

One tangible thing the city could do for Black Chicagoans during Black History Month? Make progress on reparations. Mayor Brandon... more

20 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Bring Chicago Home Ad Blitz, ShotSpotter Updates, and New COVID Guidelines

This week Mayor Brandon Johnson announced that Chicago will not renew a long-term contract with SoundThinking, the company behind Shot... more

16 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
How to Self-Care on Any Chicago Budget

Chicago musician and icon Common has been making the rounds talking about his new book “And Then We Rise: A... more

15 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Chicago’s Best Lunar New Year Dumplings

As the city celebrates Lunar New Year with parades in Uptown and Chinatown this weekend, you’re likely to see a... more

14 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
ShotSpotter’s Future, Ballot Measures Explained, and Most Romantic Spots

The city’s contract with gunshot detection tech SoundThinking (aka ShotSpotter) is up at the end of the week. Will Mayor... more

13 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off in Chicago

The Chicago Sun-Times recently launched their new Money Desk to help Chicagoans stay on the lookout for junk fees, sketchy... more

12 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Children’s Hospital Outage, Dollar Store Dilemmas, and Sox Stadium Mockups

For over a week, Lurie Children’s Hospital has been without critical phone, email, and other communications networks as they deal... more

09 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
When Chicago Commercials Ruled the Ad World

Let’s be honest: Super Bowl Sunday is only partly about football. A lot of us are watching it just for... more

08 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
How to Find Chicago's Best Paczki

Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, but many Chicagoans know the holiday as Paczki Day. That’s because Chicago once had the... more

07 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Train Fare Troubles, Key Election Dates, and Chicago Matchmaking Tips

The Ventra app ran into some issues due to updates and changes to Metra’s fare structure, including reducing the number... more

06 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
What Do Local School Councils Even Do?

Thursday is the deadline to apply to run for your local school council. The councils help drive big decisions across... more

05 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
City Council Calls for Gaza Cease-Fire, $11B for Education, and Birthday Wishes

After weeks of back and forth in City Council and months of street protests, Chicago became the largest city in... more

02 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
Your Guide to February in Chicago

Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Mardis Gras, Lunar New Year — It may be the shortest month of the year,... more

01 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
What Happened to Englewood’s Restaurants?

For the last four years, the Englewood neighborhood has been without a full-service sit-down restaurant. Why? Partly because of the... more

31 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Migrant Shelter Evictions Paused, Naming Chi’s New Animal, and Come See Us!

Migrants staying at city shelters will not be evicted this week as planned, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced Monday. Shelter stays... more

30 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
‘Guaranteed’: Meet John

“Guaranteed” is a podcast about what happens when regular people receive direct cash assistance, known as guaranteed income. It’s a show... more

29 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
What Guaranteed Income Can Do for Chicagoans

Between inflation, rising rents, and a tepid job market, Chicagoans are feeling the economic pinch right now. But what if... more

29 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Woodlawn Tenants’ Court Battle, Renewable Energy Lags, and One Trillion Cicadas

An emergency hearing was called last week after a Woodlawn apartment unit housing Venezuelan migrants was found to be unlivable.... more

26 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
7 Chicago Architecture Terms to Help You Sound Like an Expert

From the boat tours to next week’s film festival, why is Chicago always talking about architecture? “The history of Chicago... more

25 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Who Makes Chicago’s Best Tacos?

There is a taco in Chicago for everyone. Host Jacoby Cochran, executive producer Simone Alicea, and producer Michelle Navarro went... more

24 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Migrant Shelter Evictions, Red Line Community Space, and City Cast Advice

Thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers who have been staying at city shelters are facing potential evictions next week because of... more

23 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
Why Chicagoans Aren’t Recycling Enough

Less than 10% of Chicago’s waste is recycled, according to the city's Streets and Sanitation Department. That’s despite a goal... more

22 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Harvey Residents Boarded Up in Apartment. Plus, South Loop Sox?

Earlier this week as temperatures plummeted, the city activated its emergency operation plan, opening more warming centers and overnight shelters.... more

19 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
Your Chicago Sick Day Guide

Feel like everyone you know has been sick lately? It’s not just you: Flu and COVID rates have been up... more

18 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
The Best Bites Created in Chicago

It’s a great week for food in Chicago with Restaurant Week 2024 starting Friday. Hundreds of restaurants across the city... more

17 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Republicans Troll DNC, NASCAR Leaves Chicago, and Other 2024 Predictions

Chicago Magazine put out a list of 13 predictions for this year. They include the Cubs playoff fate, Madigan’s corruption... more

16 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Migrant Funding Gap, Second City Strike, and ‘Rat Hole’

Back in October, the city projected it would spend more than $360 million in 2023 to care for the thousands... more

12 Jan 2024 · 39 minutes
Why Did MLK Move to North Lawndale?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated across the country, but his legacy is particularly special to Chicago. In January... more

11 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
A Chicagoan’s Guide to Eating Less Meat

Whether for health or environmental reasons, many Chicagoans may be looking to eat less meat and more plant-based foods in... more

10 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
What is a Bribe? Plus, Dibs Debate and Chicago Board Games

Former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s corruption trial has been delayed about six months because of a U.S. Supreme Court... more

09 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
What’s Happening Inside Chicago’s Largest Migrant Shelter?

More than 14,000 migrants are staying at shelters across the city. A recent investigation by Borderless Magazine found that migrants... more

08 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
School Board Moves, South Side Bike Path, and Strugglebeard Bakery

Between a resolution suggesting Chicago could move away from school choice and reports indicating police officers could be removed from... more

05 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Can You Ace this Chicago History Quiz?

It’s National Trivia Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a little Chicago history quiz. What underwear were... more

04 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Our Best Chicago Food Predictions for 2024

There are already so many foods to eat in Chicago, but with the new year comes new spots to try.... more

03 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
Your Guide to January in Chicago

The new year is here, and we have a guide for enjoying Chicago in January to start it off right.... more

02 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Where’s Chicago Going Out Tonight?

It’s been a long week and long year of tough news stories. But now it’s the Friday before New Year’s,... more

29 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Why the 2013 School Closures Still Matter

This year marked a decade since the nation’s largest mass school closure. In 2013, 50 Chicago schools were closed for... more

28 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Is the Red Line Extension Finally Happening?

Far South Siders have been pushing for decades to extend the city’s busiest train line. Promises have failed to materialize,... more

27 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Has Brandon Johnson Kept Campaign Promises?

All eyes have been on Mayor Brandon Johnson since he was elected in April, becoming the first Black man to... more

26 Dec 2023 · 34 minutes
Burke Found Guilty, Migrant Shelter Conditions, and Good News from 2023

Former 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke was found guilty Thursday of racketeering, bribery, and attempted extortion. Host Jacoby Cochran, executive... more

22 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
How to Build the Perfect Chicago Itinerary

With the holidays right around the corner and family and friends coming in to visit, we want to ensure that... more

21 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Chicago’s Best Meals of 2023

Whether it was a new hot spot, an iconic tasting menu, or a neighborhood gem, host Jacoby Cochran ate a... more

20 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Your Last-Minute Chicago Gift Guide

There is a lot of pressure this time of year to find the perfect gift for all of your loved... more

19 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Chicago’s Biggest Stories of 2023

From housing new arrivals to electing a new mayor to some extreme weather events, it was a big year in... more

18 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Sanctuary City Vote, Neighborhood School Investments, and Lighting Up Paseo Boricua

Earlier this week, Chicago public school leaders announced intentions to deprioritize the city’s system of school choice and refocus on... more

15 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Chicago’s Best Music and Pop Culture of 2023

From global tours to local albums to buzz-worthy TV and fashion, 2023 has been a great year for pop culture... more

14 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Chicago's Best and Worst Snacks

From big brands like Nabisco, Kraft, and Kellogg to local ones like Garrett Popcorn and Jays Chips, Chicago is home... more

13 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Soldier Field 2.0, Fun Chi Memberships, and Final Four Mugs

The Bears’ search for a new home is making headlines once again just before the end of the year as... more

12 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Thousands of Chicagoans Make Pilgrimage to Des Plaines

Every year on the evening of Dec. 11, hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other pilgrims walk to Des Plaines... more

11 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
Tent Camp Termination, Reopening Mental Health Clinics, and Weekend Fun

This week, Gov. JB Pritzker paused and then officially shut down construction of a tent camp for new arrivals in... more

08 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Chicago Needs Youth Advisers

The Mayor’s Youth Commission is a group of Chicagoans ages 14 to 19 who work to advise the mayor and... more

07 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Best Cannabis Treats to Get You Through the Holidays

Mindy Segal is one of Chicago’s most recognizable chefs, the owner of Mindy’s Bakery in Wicker Park, and the namesake... more

06 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Johnson vs. Pritzker, Christkindlmarket Mugs, and Constitution Quiz

Gov. JB Pritzker temporarily paused construction Monday on a migrant base camp in Brighton Park following an environmental assessment that... more

05 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
Your Guide to December in Chicago

It’s official, we are in the home stretch of 2023. But before we make our New Year's resolutions, we’ve got... more

04 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Migrant Camp Confusion, Public Housing Vacancies, and Loop's Fancy Cabbages

Construction on a temporary winterized tent camp for new arrivals began this week in Brighton Park after nearly two months... more

01 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Finding 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

30 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
Chicago Restaurants’ Best Potluck Dishes

Whether it’s a friend’s party, a family gathering, or a work potluck, there’s no way you’re cooking for all of... more

29 Nov 2023 · 41 minutes
Burke Trial Updates, Election Season Begins, and Holiday Pop-Ups

The federal corruption trial of former Ald. Ed Burke is now in its fourth week. Multiple delays have slowed down... more

28 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
What Happens When a Chicagoan is Missing?

What happens when a person goes missing in Chicago? Trina Reynolds-Tyler with Invisible Institute and Sarah Conway with City Bureau... more

27 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Why Does Chicago Love to Hate Malort?

Many of us may have out-of-town visitors this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. And what better way to say “I’m... more

22 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Yellow Line Crash, Migrant Shelter Limits, and Holiday Travel Tips

Service on the Yellow Line from Howard to Skokie/Dempster was still suspended Monday after a train crashed into a city... more

21 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Not Just Chicago: Juvenile Jails Across Illinois Fail Standards

Most of Illinois’ 16 juvenile detention centers fail to meet minimum compliance standards, according to recent reports from the Illinois... more

20 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
New Top Doc, Johnson’s First Budget, and City of Lights

After a three month search, Mayor Brandon Johnson has hired Dr. Olusimbo Ige to lead Chicago’s Public Health Department. This... more

17 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Who Is the Voice of CTA?

If you’ve been on a CTA train or bus in the last 25 years you have heard the same voice announcing... more

16 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
How 'Smelly' Onions Define Chicago

The name Chicago is believed to originate from Indigenous words describing a type of wild onion now known as “ramps.”... more

15 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
ShotSpotter’s Future, Renaming Chi Birds, and Thanksgiving Meal Deals

City Council is slated to vote this week on the budget. One detail concerning Mayor Brandon Johnson’s supporters is the... more

14 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Chicago's Indigenous History You Probably Didn't Learn in School

Chicago is home to the country’s third-largest urban Native American population. But do you know why? Andrew Johnson says that’s... more

13 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
City Council Drama, Friendsgiving Tips, and Is New Cubs Manager Worth It?

It was a very busy week in City Council. Between a rare censure vote, advancing the “Bring Chicago Home'' referendum,... more

10 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
All the Things You Can Do with Your Chicago Library Card

While you’re picking up your next cozy read at your local library, don’t forget all the other things your library... more

09 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Does Uncle Remus Have Chicago's Best Chicken?

From the Cubs vs. White Sox to deep-dish vs. tavern-style, Chicago is no stranger to rivalries. One rivalry host Jacoby... more

08 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Is Chicago the Most Corrupt City? Plus, Fancy Meals and Good Tourist Traps

A new University of Illinois Chicago report has named Chicago the country’s most corrupt city for the fourth year in... more

07 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s Most Powerful Alder

The political corruption trial of former 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke begins today. Burke spent more than 50 years in... more

06 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Federal Aid for Migrants, Save-A-Lot Problems, and Christmas Music 24/7

Mayor Brandon Johnson traveled to Washington, D.C. this week with other big city mayors asking for more federal aid to... more

03 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Chicago’s Best Hikes Before Winter Sets In

We are halfway through our fall season and before wintertime Chi hits, we are revisiting journalist and naturalist Zack Nauth’s... more

02 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
Are Chicago's Most Expensive Restaurants Worth It?

Chicago has no shortage of award-winning fine dining restaurants. Elaborate tasting menus, molecular gastronomy, and artistic small bites that are... more

01 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Why Chicago Needs Your Blood

Last month the American Red Cross announced a national blood shortage as supplies had dropped by 25% since August. But... more

31 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Why Hasn’t CPD Fired Cops with Extremist Ties?

A new investigation from WBEZ and the Sun-Times found almost 30 Chicago police officers — including nine still in the... more

30 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
School Board Map Stalls, South Suburbs Court Bears, and Neighborhood Walking Tours

The first half of the General Assembly's veto session wrapped up Thursday, and there are three days left beginning Nov.... more

27 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
From Haunted Hotels to Resurrection Mary: Chi's Scariest Ghost Stories

Haunted hotels, disappearing hitch hikers, and headless horsemen: These are just a few of Chicago’s spookiest ghost stories. But what’s... more

26 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Is Illinois to Blame for Pumpkin Spice Madness?

Illinois is the country’s largest producer of pumpkins and home to the canned pumpkin brand that made pumpkin pie a... more

25 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Public Safety Budget, Chicago’s Best Candy, and Your Fav Episodes

Budget season continues at City Hall with three days of hearings set to talk about public safety and police this... more

24 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
What Can Illinois Lawmakers Actually Do in 6 Days?

The General Assembly’s six-day veto session kicks off Tuesday in Springfield. This is the time when lawmakers will discuss laws... more

23 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Jail Population Drops, Moving Migrants to St. Louis, and Basketball Courts Disappear

As the city decides on the locations of proposed “winterized base camps” for newly-arrived migrants, communities continue to protest plans... more

20 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
How to Go All Out for Halloween in Chicago

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and Chicago has plenty of opportunities to celebrate. From pumpkin carvings, to costume... more

19 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
In Defense of Deep-Dish

Is deep-dish pizza really just for the tourists? That’s what some Chicagoans will tell you, while outsiders may mock the... more

18 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Plainfield Hate Crime Charges, Inside Bally’s Casino, and Meet Our New Producer

A southwest suburban man has been charged with a hate crime in a stabbing that left a 6-year-old boy dead... more

17 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Why Are There Fewer Trains and Buses Running?

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Chicagoans are frustrated with public transit. Common concerns include... more

16 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Johnson's First Budget, Burke Trial Updates, and Friday the 13th

Earlier this week, Mayor Brandon Johnson gave his first-ever budget address at City Council. To help break down the details... more

13 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
How to Enjoy Chicago…for Under $50

With news of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first-ever city budget proposal, the City Cast Chicago team thought it was time to... more

12 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Who Makes Chicago’s Best Jibarito?

Chicago is home to dozens of culinary creations, and the jibarito is by far one of the best. Imagine a... more

11 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
DCFS Director Resigns, Fall Vaccine Checklist, and FEMA Flood Relief

The director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services, Marc Smith, has announced he will resign at the end... more

10 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
CTA Leader Makes How Much?! Plus, ‘Mansion Tax’ Update and Messi Misses Chicago

Despite complaints from riders about unreliable service, CTA President Dorval Carter’s pay has only climbed during his eight years on... more

06 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
The Best of Chicago’s Fall Theater

Despite a new report showing the city’s arts organizations are still hurting from the pandemic, there is still plenty of... more

05 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Can Chicago Ever Recapture the Magic of Marshall Field's?

A lot of Chicagoans will always know the Macy’s on State Street simply as Marshall Field’s. That’s because the department... more

04 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Restorative Justice in Schools, ‘36 Hours in Chicago,’ and Camping In Style

Chicago schools that implemented restorative justice practices a decade ago have seen big reductions in suspensions and student arrests, a... more

03 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Why is Chicago So Bad at Recycling?

Less than 10% of Chicago’s waste is recycled, according to a recent Tribune report. Meanwhile, other cities boast rates of... more

02 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Another Wrongful Conviction Suit, Chicago Needs More Midwives, and 50 Years of Hip-Hop

Chicago has paid $178 million to resolve wrongful conviction lawsuits since 2019, according to WTTW. Now the city faces yet... more

29 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Why Fall Is Still Camping (and Glamping) Season

It’s the final day of our Fall Getaway Guide. This week we’ve pitched road trips in every direction and autumnal... more

28 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Hop Aboard Metra for Quick, Cheap Fall Day Trips

We’re back with the second day of our Fall Getaway Guide. Yesterday we gave you all the tips and tricks... more

27 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
There's a Perfect Fall Road Trip in Every Direction from Chicago

It’s officially fall, and the City Cast team is going road tripping! Host Jacoby Cochran, lead producer Simone Alicea, newsletter... more

26 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Why Student Loan Repayments Scare The Hell Out of Us

Federal student loan payments start back up in October following a pandemic pause. This is a huge deal in Illinois... more

25 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Migrant 'Base Camps,' Future of Tipping, and Soccer at Soldier Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Your Chicago Pride Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Building the Perfect Italian Beef

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
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Nearly 100 years ago this week, the “National Barn Dance” premiered on WLS Radio in Chicago. The show introduced country and western... more