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Top Doc Says Lessons from COVID Are Essential t...
There are more than 600 cases reported in Chicago.
13 min
More Cops on CTA, No Charges in Till Case, and ...
Chicago Police say they’re adding more officers to CTA trains after recent violence, but not everyone is convinced that's the answer.
21 min
Here's How to Still Live That Summertime Chi Life
We‘re a month away from the end of our Summer Bucket List Challenge.
13 min
How the ‘Bud’ Became a Staple in Black Chicago
The Bud Billiken Parade is turning 93 this weekend.
15 min
Butter Cows, Kissing Babies, and Piglet Parades...
The Illinois State Fair kicks off on Thursday.
16 min
Making 'Ms. Marvel': Fatimah Asghar's Path from...
The Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” tells the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, Kamala Khan, from Jersey City who suddenly gains superpowers.
17 min
Chi’s Sanctuary City Status Under Threat, CPS E...
Across the U.S., big cities, including Chicago, are facing a small schools crisis as enrollment drops.
25 min
Yes, There’s ‘Nope’ But Here Are Some Indie Fli...
From the indie flick “I Love My Dad” to Jordan Peele’s blockbuster “Nope,” there are a lot of films to check out in theaters right now.
15 min
‘Homos with Hammers’ Are Renovating One of Chi’...
The house is what’s known to many North Siders as the “Candy Land House” or “Barbie House,” for its pink, yellow, teal, and white striped exterior.
14 min
Illinois Will Literally Pay You to Buy an Elect...
Illinois has a new coordinator for EVs in the state.
15 min
A Listener is Trying to Buy a Vacant Lot Behind...
If you have a vacant lot on your block, then you know what it’s like to constantly pass by the overgrown weeds and the trash.
13 min
Hey Google, Welcome to the Thompson Center. Plu...
Two Chicago Public School teachers keep their jobs after allegedly being fired for encouraging students’ activism.
25 min
With Google to Take Over Thompson Center, Let's...
Officials recently announced Google will be taking over the Thompson Center in the Loop.
13 min
Do We Get Any Say on The Future of Lolla?
Lollapalooza is back in Chicago this weekend.
17 min
How One Chicagoan Knew He Had Monkeypox and Wha...
Plus, an HIV specialist in Chicago sees striking similarities in the response to monkeypox as he did in the early days of HIV.
20 min
'The Bear' Got It Wrong: Here's How Health Insp...
That C grade? No.
15 min
Just Like Riding a Bike: City Cast Chicago Gets...
We got a bike lesson last summer.
12 min
Where to Get Some Art (And A/C) This Weekend
Here's where you can get inspired and stay cool at the same time.
14 min
Chicago Red Stars Rebuild After League ‘Went Th...
They've had some turnover but the young roster looks strong.
11 min
Chi’s Women’s Sports Teams Are Giving Fans a Re...
If you’re not following our professional women’s sports teams here in Chicago, we feel a little sorry for you.
12 min
One Way to Get an Invasive Species Out of the W...
Asian Carp is now called Copi.
14 min
Checks From the City Roll In, Public Demands An...
Let's see what happened in Chicago this week!
20 min
Need a Quick and Easy Getaway to Recharge? Road...
We've got recs from readers!
14 min
Chicago Street Art Becomes a Character in 'Tagged’
The film is now available to stream.
14 min
Feeling the Pinch at the Grocery Store? So is Y...
Inflation means more people seeking services and fewer big donations.
16 min
Illinois is Supposed to have 'Strict' Gun Laws....
New questions are emerging about how the alleged Highland Park shooter legally obtained a gun.
16 min
Live From the Silverroom, We're Breaking Down t...
Plus, a preview of the Silver Room Block Party.
28 min
Here's How to Do Our Summertime Chi Bucket List...
We got you covered on what to do this summer.
21 min
Your StreetWise Vendor Isn't Just Selling a Mag...
For the first time since 2008, StreetWise recently raised its prices.
19 min
Public Pools Can Be Safe Havens...If They're Open
While Chicago’s beaches opened Memorial Day weekend, many of the city’s pools were closed. Thirty-seven are slated to open July 5.
17 min
BONUS: The Original Sears Tower from Chicago Hi...
What is now Willis Tower wasn't the first Sears tower.
24 min
Another Scary SCOTUS Decision, Few Summer Optio...
The Supreme Court is back in the headlines for limiting the ability to enforce Miranda rights.
20 min
Don't Call It a Comeback: House Music is Alive ...
Some will say House music is having a “moment” thanks to the release of Beyoncé’s new single, “Break My Soul."
20 min
The Biggest Wins (and Losses) on Primary Day
Yesterday was Primary Day in Chicago.
25 min
Street Performer Andrew David Sings Life Into t...
Street performers have an on-the-ground view of the Loop during its busiest season.
16 min
IL and PA Expect Influx of Abortion Patients as...
Plus, we hear from demonstrators in Chicago following the Supreme Court's decision.
19 min
For Many in Chicago, the Pre-Roe World Meant a ...
The underground abortion service started in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood operated from 1969-1973.
14 min
Citadel Moves to Miami, Cook County Assessor’s ...
The City Cast Chicago team put together a bucket list to get you through the summer.
27 min
Amid Uncertain Abortion Access, New Play Center...
The new play “The Billboard" tells the story of a fictional abortion clinic in the Chicago neighborhood.
14 min
The Fly Honeys Are Back to Celebrate All Bodies
The inclusive performance troupe is returning to the live stage for the first time since before the pandemic.
15 min
Don't Just Guess. Here's a Guide to Voting for ...
Injustice Watch created a guide to get informed on the judicial races.
12 min
Remembering Mama Gloria
12 min
Demanding Safer Roads and More Trees. Plus, Ico...
We're looking back on key stories from the week.
20 min
Our Love Letter to Harold's Chicken Shack: A Ch...
Harold's is more than just good chicken and mild sauce.
18 min
Pro Soccer Instead of Housing? Sounds Like Anot...
The city announced a deal with the Chicago Fire soccer team earlier this year to redevelop land at the former ABLA homes.
16 min
What is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Dist...
Commissioners are on the ballot, but what do they actually do?
11 min
Jacoby and Carrie Take On Chi Trivia
City Cast’s Chi History Trivia Competition
17 min
Pride at the Beach, School, and Clubs (And Not ...
We're looking back on key stories from the week.
20 min
Paseo Boricua is Changing, But Puerto Rican Pri...
The Puerto Rican Festival in Humboldt Park returns Thursday.
15 min
A Casino is Coming to River West. But How Do Ne...
We hear pro and con views on the plan.
20 min
Before Roe v. Wade, Woman Called ‘Jane.’ Here's...
Laura Kaplan was part of a group that connected women with abortion services in the 60s.
16 min
An Alderwoman Applied for Housing in 1993. She ...
Ald. Jeanette Taylor is calling on her colleagues in City Hall to do more.
14 min
Finding Love, Home, and Yourself: Stories from ...
Selections from April's 'Karaoke Storytellers' show
16 min
What the City's New Casino Can Learn From Cabri...
The city promised residents could return to new homes, but instead there's a Target and fancy shops.
13 min
Destruction of Cabrini-Green Made Development o...
The proposed Bally's Casino is blocks from the demolished public housing development.
24 min
Primary Prep: Crowded Field Compete for Center ...
There are 17 candidates running in the Democratic primary.
13 min
Why TX Gov. Should Keep 'Chicago' Out of His Mo...
AirGo hosts join Jacoby Cochran to break down the week's news.
19 min
How Tortilleria Workers Are Trying to Make The ...
Workers at El Milagro are creating workers' committees to call for better conditions.
15 min
The Story of Meeting President Kennedy, Making ...
Abraham Bolden was the first Black Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail.
15 min
Leaving Home, Finding Fame, and the West Side C...
We break down Saba's latest album.
12 min
Primary Prep: Candidates Compete to be ‘Most Co...
We break down the names and issues driving the crowded field.
16 min
Alders to Vote on Casino, Gov Bans ‘Ghost Guns’...
Wrapping the week's news with reporters Corli Jay and Alex Nitkin
22 min
Summer Book Recs from Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen
These books will transport you.
17 min
GoodKids MadCity Say Curfews Aren't How You Sol...
The violence prevention group has been pushing the Peace Book ordinance that offers alternatives to over policing.
16 min
Retiring Whitney Young Principal on What CPS Sh...
Dr. Joyce Kenner is retiring after the end of this school year.
17 min
From McDonald’s to Millionaire: Willie Wilson a...
Starting in the late 1960s, the Chicago-based company courted Black franchise owners, entrenching itself in Black America.
18 min
BONUS: The CHGO Sports Podcast: The Ultimate Ch...
Host Jacoby Cochran popped over to CHGO's podcast to talk where he'd want to see Chi sports teams on the road.
76 min
New Leadership at Improv Institutions, Chicagwa...
It's a funny one this week.
30 min
Primary Prep: Who's Running in IL 3rd District?...
Two frontrunners have emerged in the Democratic primary race.
15 min
Pinball, Gyms, and now a Casino? Bally’s Chicag...
The Bally brand got its start in Chicago.
14 min
Sky’s the Limit: The Quest for Back-to-Back Titles
We preview our WNBA team's season.
15 min
CPS Leader Pedro Martinez on Budget: ‘Equitable...
About 40 percent of schools will see budget cuts.
18 min
Roe v. Wade Impact, Chi Casino is Really Coming...
We break down the week's news with Block Club Chicago's Mina Bloom and WBEZ's Patrick Smith.
25 min
Modern Gospel Was Born on the South Side. Here’...
A new documentary from WTTW premieres tomorrow at 8 p.m.
18 min
Chi Abortion Rights Activists: ‘We Told You Thi...
A leaked majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court
15 min
From Naperville to Nepal: Lucy Westlake is Clim...
Calling from base camp in Nepal, the Naperville teen tells us about trying to become the youngest American woman to summit the mountain.
14 min
Everything You Need to Know About Voting in Chi
You have questions. We have answers.
15 min
Gas Cards Are Coming, Another Metal Shredder, a...
We break down the week's news with Chicago Reader's Katie Prout and Kelly Garcia
23 min
CPS School Ratings Are Going Away. What Will Re...
Critics of CPS' School Quality Rating Policy say it unfairly punished low-rated schools.
11 min
In Chicago, Nature is Closer Than You Think
Cook County has more than 70,000 acres of forest preserves.
14 min
From UIC to Starbucks, Unions are Having a Moment
UIC graduate students are entering week two on strike.
14 min
Ald. Nicole Lee Aims to Chart New Course for 11...
Lee was appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot after former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson was convicted of tax fraud.
19 min
Do Cameras Make Us Safer? Plus, Masks Off (Aga...
It's time to look back at the week's news.
23 min
Chicago Improv Alums Matt Walsh and Brad Morris...
17 min
The Illinois Lottery Comes From A Bronzeville P...
The game "Policy" helped make Bronzeville a booming metropolis in the early 20th century.
15 min
New Podcast Makes Oprah a College Level Course
'Oprahdemics looks at cultural moments from Oprah's long-running talk show
18 min
'You Want Harold, You Got Him': How Harold Wash...
Chicago is celebrating the centennial of the late mayor's birthday.
19 min
CTA Safety, Sky High Grocery Bills, and Let's G...
We're talking the news of the week with Stephanie Casanova and Ghazala Irshad.
18 min
Wondering What Your Alderperson is Doing All Day?
City Council members have a lot of meetings. But how many do they actually attend?
15 min
How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs
This centuries-old art form goes beyond the Christian holiday.
16 min
While Cubs Rebuild, Sox Chase Championship Dreams
We preview Chicago's baseball seasons ahead of the Sox home opener.
13 min
Chicago and Vegas on Shortlist for DNC. But Do ...
Chicago and Illinois Democrats are exploring a potential bid for the convention.
19 min
E-Scooters are Coming, the Battle for Life Ring...
Jacoby Cochran catches up on the news of the week with CBS Morning Reporter Marissa Parra and CW Chicago TV Host Brandon Pope
33 min
Have You Heard of the Spine Collector? This Eva...
Peter Baker talks with us about what happened when he inadvertently sent his debut novel to the “Spine Collector"
12 min
South Siders Split on Building Tiger Woods Golf...
The course designed by Tiger Woods course architects would re-imagine Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses.
18 min
Why Are Block Clubs So Chicago?
Block clubs didn't start here, but Chicago has really shaped the volunteer-led community groups into what they are now.
16 min
‘Blind Spots,’ Coverups, and Denying Mental Hea...
This season of WBEZ's 'Motive' looks at what happens at Illinois prisons
20 min
Questioning Police Narratives, Trans Visibility...
We break down the week's news with South Side Weekly's Chima Ikoro and journalist and educator Arionne Nettles
32 min
Newly Obtained Images Show CPD Excessive Force ...
Protests turned violence in July 2020 when protesters tried to remove the Columbus stature in Grant Park.
15 min
'Abbott Elementary's' Chris Perfetti Fulfills D...
Actor Chris Perfetti talks about working on the play and the show.
17 min