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 citycast.fm/chicago. 

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How Tortilleria Workers Are Trying to Make The ...
Workers at El Milagro are creating workers' committees to call for better conditions.
15 min
2
The Story of Meeting President Kennedy, Making ...
Abraham Bolden was the first Black Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail.
15 min
3
Leaving Home, Finding Fame, and the West Side C...
We break down Saba's latest album.
12 min
4
Primary Prep: Candidates Compete to be ‘Most Co...
We break down the names and issues driving the crowded field.
16 min
5
Alders to Vote on Casino, Gov Bans ‘Ghost Guns’...
Wrapping the week's news with reporters Corli Jay and Alex Nitkin
22 min
6
Summer Book Recs from Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen
These books will transport you.
17 min
7
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
8
Retiring Whitney Young Principal on What CPS Sh...
Dr. Joyce Kenner is retiring after the end of this school year.
17 min
9
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
10
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
11
New Leadership at Improv Institutions, Chicagwa...
It's a funny one this week.
30 min
12
Primary Prep: Who's Running in IL 3rd District?...
Two frontrunners have emerged in the Democratic primary race.
15 min
13
Pinball, Gyms, and now a Casino? Bally’s Chicag...
The Bally brand got its start in Chicago.
14 min
14
Sky’s the Limit: The Quest for Back-to-Back Titles
We preview our WNBA team's season.
15 min
15
CPS Leader Pedro Martinez on Budget: ‘Equitable...
About 40 percent of schools will see budget cuts.
18 min
16
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
17
Modern Gospel Was Born on the South Side. Here’...
A new documentary from WTTW premieres tomorrow at 8 p.m.
18 min
18
Chi Abortion Rights Activists: ‘We Told You Thi...
A leaked majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court
15 min
19
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
20
Everything You Need to Know About Voting in Chi
You have questions. We have answers.
15 min
21
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
22
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
23
In Chicago, Nature is Closer Than You Think
Cook County has more than 70,000 acres of forest preserves.
14 min
24
From UIC to Starbucks, Unions are Having a Moment
UIC graduate students are entering week two on strike.
14 min
25
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
26
Do Cameras Make Us Safer? Plus, Masks Off (Aga...
It's time to look back at the week's news.
23 min
27
Chicago Improv Alums Matt Walsh and Brad Morris...
17 min
28
The Illinois Lottery Comes From A Bronzeville P...
The game "Policy" helped make Bronzeville a booming metropolis in the early 20th century.
15 min
29
New Podcast Makes Oprah a College Level Course
'Oprahdemics looks at cultural moments from Oprah's long-running talk show
18 min
30
'You Want Harold, You Got Him': How Harold Wash...
Chicago is celebrating the centennial of the late mayor's birthday.
19 min
31
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
32
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
33
How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs
This centuries-old art form goes beyond the Christian holiday.
16 min
34
While Cubs Rebuild, Sox Chase Championship Dreams
We preview Chicago's baseball seasons ahead of the Sox home opener.
13 min
35
Chicago and Vegas on Shortlist for DNC. But Do ...
Chicago and Illinois Democrats are exploring a potential bid for the convention.
19 min
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
‘Blind Spots,’ Coverups, and Denying Mental Hea...
This season of WBEZ's 'Motive' looks at what happens at Illinois prisons
20 min
41
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
42
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
43
'Abbott Elementary's' Chris Perfetti Fulfills D...
Actor Chris Perfetti talks about working on the play and the show.
17 min
44
What Illinois Can Teach Texas About Cannabis
Our southern friends have questions as they inch toward legalization.
16 min
45
Do Chicagoans Get Answers at Town Halls?
City leaders are meeting with residents across the city.
16 min
46
New 11th Ward Alder, Casino Finalists, and Perf...
Plus, the team shares how they like to treat themselves.
28 min
47
A Chicago Heiress, Miniature Murder Scenes, and...
You can see one of Frances Glessner Lee's famous miniature crime scenes.
15 min
48
IL’s Aging Undocumented Population is Living — ...
A new series looks into the aging undocumented community,
13 min
49
Facebook Could Owe You $400. Here’s Why.
The company settled a $650 million class action lawsuit last year and it was just upheld in a court of appeals.
13 min
50
Pandemic Life Two Years Later
Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-home order went into effect two years ago today.
13 min
51
BONUS: How J.P. Graziano Became the Gucci of Gi...
We're bringing you a bonus episode this week from our friends at Block Club Chicago,
20 min
52
Willie Wilson’s Gasathon, 'The Billboard' Play,...
Block Club Chicago's Atavia Reed and WBEZ's Natalie Moore break down this week's news.
27 min
53
12 Hours on the Red and Blue Lines. What Happened?
Streetsblog Chicago's John Greenfield role the CTA trains from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
18 min
54
So THAT's Chicagoans' Biggest Complaint?
Chicago calls 311 more often per capita than any other major city.
15 min
55
For This Student and Teacher, Art Is Their Lan...
Practicing art was especially challenging during remote learning.
15 min
56
Meet the Private Citizens Making Data More Public
These Chicagoans used their skills to make public health data more accessible.
15 min
57
More Cops on CTA, Ukrainian Resilience, and Fun...
We look back at the week that was.
29 min
58
In Avondale, Polish Music Is Replaced By Constr...
Once the heart of Chicago's Polish community, we talk about its past and future.
14 min
59
How South Siders Are Fighting to be Part of Oba...
Neighbors worry the center, now under construction, could lead to displacement.
15 min
60
‘Love is Blind’ Chose Deepti Vempati. Deepti Ch...
13 min
61
Chicago's First Maskless Weekend
The City Cast team got out and about during the first weekend since the city and state lifted indoor mask mandates.
16 min
62
Mighty Madigan Falls, Lightfoot Makes, uh, Big ...
WBEZ's Mariah Woelfel and Axios Chicago's Justin Kaufmann break down the week's news with us.
32 min
63
Is Kanye Still a ‘jeen-yuhs?’
The new Netflix documentary series looks at Ye's early career, but doesn't focus on his more controversial behavior.
21 min
64
CPS Discrimination Lawsuit Highlights Need for ...
The lawsuit was recently settled, but lack of representation is still a problem in Chicago schools.
15 min
65
Why Illinois' Richest Man is Spending Big on Re...
Ken Griffin has already dropped $20 million to finance a Republican opponent to beat Gov. JB Pritzker.
19 min
66
'I Wish for Them to Have Peace, Freedom': Chica...
We head to a rally in Ukrainian Village.
17 min
67
How Chi Remains Segregated, Masks to (Maybe) Co...
We look back at the week's news.
31 min
68
Why Hare Krishnas in Rogers Park Are Worried Ab...
The proposal is to expand an existing seven units to 20 units next door to a temple.
13 min
69
Grocery Stores Abandoned West Garfield Park. Wi...
The city could buy the former Aldi on Madison.
18 min
70
The Reader Paved the Way for Alt-Weeklies. What...
The future of the 50-year-old paper is in question because of a dispute between its owners.
17 min
71
Pandemic in the Church, Southeast Side Recyclin...
After years of being continuously delayed, the Southeast Side recycling permit decision is set to be officially announced.
23 min
72
This Man Helped Popularize Chinese Food. But Hi...
Chin Foin's restaurants were popular among Chicago's elite.
12 min
73
As Pandemic Drags On, Domestic Violence Continu...
The mayor joined advocates this week to outline the city's resources.
15 min
74
OjaExpress Delivers Slice of Home
The app makes it easier for for immigrant communities to shop for traditional foods.
19 min
75
Cute Couples, Roller Skating, and Other Chi Lov...
Some love stories for Valentine's Day
19 min
76
Masks Off, No West Side Groceries, and Roller S...
Leader Producer Carrie Shepherd, Producer Simone Alicea, and Host Jacoby Cochran break down the latest in the mask debate and answer if they are ready to go maskless again.
25 min
77
Time to Go Back to the Theater?
Chicago Theatre Week starts next Thursday.
15 min
78
50 Films for 50 Years at Gene Siskel Film Center
Named for the iconic Chicago film critic, the film center is weekly showing a movie from each year it's been open.
16 min
79
Operation Silver Shovel and a Six-Story Dump
A dumpsite on the West Side has a history that includes the FBI, organized crime, and corruption. It's also the site of a new multi-million dollar development.
19 min
80
Meet Harvey's One-Person Newsroom
Amethyst Davis is grew up in the south suburb.
15 min
81
Sexism in Family Court, Van Dyke's Early Releas...
Let's break down the week's news.
16 min
82
Pritzker's Spending Plans and Why Budgets Matter
Jacoby breaks down Gov. Pritzker's 2022 plans, and we look back at the state's budget impasse.
15 min
83
Are We Doomed?
The Doomsday Clock, created in Chicago, is the closest it's ever been to midnight.
14 min
84
'We Know Promises Were Broken': Cabrini-Green A...
Former residents are still fighting to return to their community.
15 min
85
Here’s Why the City Should Shovel the Sidewalks
A petition is circulating to move the responsibility from residents to the city.
19 min
86
CPS COVID Data, Ye's Unsanctioned Basketball Sh...
Here's what happened in Chicago this week.
23 min
87
'They Want That Skyline': How Cabrini-Green Res...
The city was supposed to provide new homes after tearing down the infamous public housing development on the Near North Side.
25 min
88
DeMar DeRozan’s Unlikely MVP Season
The 32-year-old small forward is proving all the haters wrong.
16 min
89
Combating Mental Health Stigma? There’s an App ...
The STIGMA app allows users to share their personal struggles and stories.
14 min
90
Let's Go Chicago Stepping
Stepping started in Chicago, and we get a little lesson how to do it.
19 min
91
Covid Testing Scam, Bulls End Losing Streak, an...
There was a lot of COVID news this week.
29 min
92
The A.V. Club Just Got a Lot Less Chicago
Chicago staffers are leaving the popular pop-culture site based here since 1993.
14 min
93
The Original Slow Cooker Was Born in Chicago
The Crockpot was inspired by the inventor's Jewish heritage.
15 min
94
Is Enforcing the Restaurant Vaccine Mandate Lik...
17 min
95
CPS is Back After Standoff, Bears Keep Disappoi...
We look back at a long news week.
24 min
96
New Documentary Takes Us Inside Juice WRLD
The documentary and a posthumous album show the artist's struggle with addiction and mental illness.
15 min
97
The Black Arts Movement is Still Speaking to Ch...
Ayana Contreras discusses her new book, Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago
20 min
98
Lightfoot and CTU, a Conflict Years in the Making
This recent battle is not the first time the mayor and the teachers union have been at odds.
13 min
99
How Bobby Rush went from Black Panther to Congr...
The 15-term incumbent announced last week he's not seeking reelection this year.
17 min
100
School Chaos, A Political Legend Retires, and B...
The first week of CPS was really an extended winter break as CTU and the district could not agree on safety measures.
19 min