City Cast Chicago

Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at 

Daily News
News Commentary
How Weird Will Pandemic Lollapalooza Be?
Chicago is bracing for nearly a half a million people to flood Grant Park for Lollapalooza.
18 min
A New Generation’s Chinatown Reboot
This weekend, the Chinatown Summer Fair is back after taking a year off because of the pandemic.
13 min
How to Get Help As Eviction Protections End
After several extensions of the state’s eviction moratorium, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order last Friday that allows eviction filings to begin this week.
10 min
Cop Oversight, Love for the Bucks, and Wait, Lo...
City Council passed a civilian police oversight ordinance that assuages some activists’ calls for more accountability, but ultimately, Mayor Lori Lightfoot still retains a lot of power.
18 min
How To Cover A Cursed Olympics
This summer’s Olympics are the fourth for Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair.
14 min
Former Lifeguards Say Beaches Were A Culture of...
Back in April, WBEZ reporter Dan Mihalopoulos reported that that the Chicago Park District was looking into allegations by former lifeguards who say they experienced “criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse” while working at city beaches and pools.
12 min
Bringing Life Back to the Loop
For most Chicagoans, the Loop is just where the office is (or used to be) or a place to take your family when they’re in town.
12 min
The Real Estate Market Has Been in Overdrive. B...
11 min
Scottie Pippen, Candace Parker, and Some Non-Ba...
A former Chicago Public Schools principal has been accused of stealing of $200,000 from the school to pay her mortgage, which garnered a little bit of, “Yeah, what else is new in Chicago?”
16 min
Discovering Chicago One Restaurant at a Time
14 min
Chicago's Complicated Path Out of COVID
With the return of festivals, the reopening of restaurants, and a pause on travel restrictions, the last couple months have felt more like normal in Chicago.
15 min
It’s Not Just the Coasts. The Climate Crisis is...
10 min
What Happens When a Kid Jacks a Car?
There were about 1,430 carjackings in Chicago in 2020, more than double the previous year’s total.
14 min
Biden's Visit (Yawn), Lake Michigan Woes, and T...
14 min
Let's Talk About the 4-Day Work Week
Achieving a “work-life balance” has always been hard, but the pandemic blurred those worlds even more.
13 min
What the Heck is Happening in the 45th Ward?
9 min
Actually, Chicago Is Not The ‘Murder Capital’
People outside of Chicago often view the city as dangerous.
10 min
Pod Swap: Block Club Chicago's 'It's All Good'
21 min
City Council Fights, Fireworks Fatigue, and Ida...
We’re breaking down the week’s news with Jon Hansen, host of Block Club Chicago’s “It’s All Good” podcast.
17 min
Black Cowboys at a South Side Rodeo
Every year, The Broken Arrow Riding Club hosts a rodeo at the South Shore Cultural Center Park.
13 min
Chicago Made Me: Stephen Colbert
Before he became the host of The Late Show, or The Colbert Report, and before The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert honed his craft in Chicago.
19 min
A Time Capsule for the COVID Generation
After seeing how impactful the pandemic was for their young kids, two Chicago moms decided that a great way for their kids to look back at this historical moment was to start a time capsule
12 min
Chicago Has Had a Mermaid, and We Got to Meet Her
11 min
Lions, Steppin’ Music, and Lake Shore Drive
19 min
One Chicago Theater's Pandemic Survival Story
When Collaboraction opened its doors 25 years ago, they had no idea just how much their theater would change throughout the years.
11 min