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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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Top Doc Says Lessons from COVID Are Essential to Monkeypox Response

Monkeypox is a public health emergency in Illinois. There are more than 600 cases reported in Chicago. The person leading... more

15 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
More Cops on CTA, No Charges in Till Case, and Making Sure Chicago Tells Our Story

Chicago Police say they’re adding more officers to CTA trains across the city after recent violence. A Mississippi grand jury... more

12 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Here's How to Still Live That Summertime Chi Life

We‘re a month away from the end of our Summer Bucket List Challenge. Host Jacoby Cochran and lead producer Carrie... more

11 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
How the ‘Bud’ Became a Staple in Black Chicago

The Bud Billiken Parade is turning 93 this weekend. It’s the largest Black parade in the country. Host Jacoby Cochran... more

10 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Butter Cows, Kissing Babies, and Piglet Parades: The Illinois State Fair is Back

The Illinois State Fair kicks off on Thursday. It’s meant to highlight the importance of agriculture in Illinois, but it’s... more

09 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Making 'Ms. Marvel': Fatimah Asghar's Path from Chi to MCU

The Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” tells the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, Kamala Khan, from Jersey City who suddenly... more

08 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Chi’s Sanctuary City Status Under Threat, CPS Enrollment Continues to Drop, and Grab South Side Weekly's 'Lit' Issue

Across the U.S., big cities, including Chicago, are facing a small schools crisis as enrollment drops. Chalkbeat is out with... more

05 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Yes, There’s ‘Nope’ But Here Are Some Indie Flicks to See This Weekend, Too

From the indie flick “I Love My Dad” to Jordan Peele’s blockbuster “Nope,” there are a lot of films to... more

04 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
‘Homos with Hammers’ Are Renovating One of Chi’s Most Colorful Homes

When Joe Bergantino and Ricky Gonzalez put an offer on a new house in January, the Rogers Park couple wrote... more

03 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Illinois Will Literally Pay You to Buy an Electric Car

With gas prices off the charts lately, some people are considering making the switch to electric vehicles. But for many,... more

02 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
A Listener is Trying to Buy a Vacant Lot Behind Her Condo. Why Is It Taking Years?

If you have a vacant lot on your block, then you know what it’s like to constantly pass by the... more

01 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Hey Google, Welcome to the Thompson Center. Plus, CPS Teachers Keep Jobs and Lake Michigan Love!

Google’s coming to the Thompson Center, two Chicago Public School teachers keep their jobs after allegedly being fired for encouraging... more

29 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
With Google to Take Over Thompson Center, Let's Appreciate Our Salmon Spaceship

On Wednesday, officials announced Google will be moving into the Thompson Center in The Loop. The state closed on its... more

28 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Do We Get Any Say on The Future of Lolla?

Lollapalooza is back in Chicago this weekend. Since it landed in the city in 2005, Lollapalooza has gone from a... more

27 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
How One Chicagoan Knew He Had Monkeypox and What He Did About It

Since the monkeypox outbreak started this spring, there have been more than 200 cases in Illinois, according to the CDC,... more

26 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
'The Bear' Got It Wrong: Here's How Health Inspections Really Work

Yes, everyone has their Chicago critiques about “The Bear,” the FX on Hulu show about a celebrated chef who returns... more

25 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Just Like Riding a Bike: City Cast Chicago Gets a Lesson in Safety

You can now apply to get a free bicycle next month through the Bike Chicago program, and the city is... more

22 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Where to Get Some Art (And A/C) This Weekend

The Art Institute of Chicago lions went away recently to get a cleaning, but they’re back this week at their... more

21 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Chicago Red Stars Rebuild After League ‘Went Through Hell Last Year’

The Chicago Red Stars are ranked third in the NWSL, and the team’s been rebuilding after some players and the... more

20 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Chi’s Women’s Sports Teams Are Giving Fans a Reason to Cheer

If you’re not following our professional women’s sports teams here in Chicago, we feel a little sorry for you. The... more

19 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
One Way to Get an Invasive Species Out of the Water? Eat It.

Ecologists have been warning about Asian Carp for decades. The invasive species has infiltrated our waterways and threatens the Great... more

18 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Checks From the City Roll In, Public Demands Answers on Safety, and Chi’s Only Second-Best?

Chicago’s $31 million dollar basic income pilot will 5,000 families $500 a month for the next year. The first checks... more

15 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Need a Quick and Easy Getaway to Recharge? Road Trip!

City Cast loves talking about things to do in and around Chicago. I mean have you seen our great Summertime... more

14 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Chicago Street Art Becomes a Character in 'Tagged’

In the new film “Tagged,” a local street artist is accused of murder and searches for clues in Chicago’s murals... more

13 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Feeling the Pinch at the Grocery Store? So is Your Local Food Pantry

We’re all feeling inflation at the grocery store. Food prices are up 10% compared to this time last year, according... more

12 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Illinois is Supposed to have 'Strict' Gun Laws. But How Strict Are They?

One week after the mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in north suburban Highland Park that left seven... more

11 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Live From the Silverroom, We're Breaking Down the Week's News!

After two years of pandemic hiatus, the Silver Room Sound System Block Party is back next weekend. To celebrate, we... more

08 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Here's How to Do Our Summertime Chi Bucket List Challenge!

City Cast Chicago has been collecting listener and reader suggestions for our summer bucket list. Host Jacoby Cochran, lead producer... more

07 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Your StreetWise Vendor Isn't Just Selling a Magazine — They're a Local Business

For the first time since 2008, StreetWise recently raised its prices. The weekly magazine will now cost $3, but you... more

06 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Public Pools Can Be Safe Havens...If They're Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
Remembering Mama Gloria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 May 2022 · 15 minutes
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Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson most recently made headlines as the giver of free gas, but have you wondered where he gets his... more