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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This Black Secret Service Agent Protected JFK. ...
13 min
2
Are Mayoral Candidates Talking Enough About Edu...
19 min
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Who Will Lead Chicago's Largest Police Union?
16 min
4
Kevin Pang's 'Proof': The World's Best Italian ...
52 min
5
'Cop Academy' Opens, Kenwood Fire Raises Questi...
25 min
6
Going Deep on the Italian Beef
15 min
7
How to Enjoy Chi’s Sober-Curious Scene
11 min
8
From Madigan Name Drop to Wave of New Alders — ...
19 min
9
How Latinos Fought the Machine for a Political ...
15 min
10
More Transit Problems, Big Bears Moves, and Tay...
24 min
11
Why Visit Lakeview? 'Real People Live Here’
18 min
12
Mayoral Candidates Have Just 6 Weeks to Win You...
17 min
13
Muhammad Ali Day Celebrates 'The Greatest'
Today is Muhammad Ali Day in Illinois.
15 min
14
Springfield Action, Lightfoot’s Campaign Fumble...
28 min
15
What Does ‘The Fugitive’ Get Wrong About Chicag...
16 min
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Are Illinois Schools Wrong on Reading?
16 min
17
Will Walgreens Become Your Doctor’s Office?
16 min
18
What to Watch on the Food Scene in 2023
16 min
19
Where to House Migrants, CPS Data Struggles, an...
26 min
20
An Insider’s Guide to Pilsen
18 min
21
Will Illinois Actually Ban Assault Weapons?
State legislators are in Springfield this week.
15 min
22
How to Make Realistic New Year's Resolutions
12 min
23
Harold’s Remains One of Chicago’s Greatest Crea...
18 min
24
Keeping the Puerto Rican Culture Alive in Hermo...
15 min
25
A Stroll Through Lincoln Park — Past and Present
17 min
26
Taking a Quick Spin of Beverly
16 min
27
Some Gooood News That Got Us Through 2022
14 min
28
How to Best Prepare for a Blizzard
17 min
29
Why Chicago is Perfect for a Holiday Rom-Com
22 min
30
Why Ice Fishing Tents Are Better for People Who...
17 min
31
Casino is Coming, Starbucks is Striking, and NA...
26 min
32
How Encrypted Police Scanners Threaten Transpar...
16 min
33
O’Hare’s Upped Its Dining Game. Here Are the Be...
14 min
34
Why This Student-Run Restaurant is a Great Dea...
15 min
35
Are Tourists Coming Back to Chicago?
14 min
36
COVID Meds Sticker Shock, LGBTQ Health Center L...
24 min
37
Get in the Bavarian Spirit in Lincoln Square
19 min
38
What Does Chicago Taste Like? This Couple Finds...
16 min
39
Four Things That Could Make Chicago Safer for C...
15 min
40
How ‘South Side’ Creators Stay True to Chicago ...
20 min
41
Abortion Advocates Take Flight, Bye Bye Burke, ...
27 min
42
What Makes Englewood So Good? We’ll Show You.
16 min
43
Fashion is Ageist. This Chi Company is Trying t...
14 min
44
When Polish People Came to Chicago, They Came t...
15 min
45
How Charlie Trotter Made Chicago a Culinary Cap...
18 min
46
Mexico vs. Poland World Cup Match Brings Chi Cu...
19 min
47
What Are Police District Councils and Why Are T...
16 min
48
‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ Is the Best T...
14 min
49
Property Tax Woes, Illinois’ Weed Problem, and ...
Host Jacoby Cochran is back behind the mic for the latest edition of our weekly news rewind.
26 min
50
Puerto Rican and Latinx Culture Thrives in Humb...
Humboldt Park is the center of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community
16 min
51
Puppies Are Cute, But Who's Looking Out for the...
This Chicagoan is helping exotic animals find homes.
13 min
52
Some Of My Best Friends Are Podcast: Live from ...
39 min
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Why the Famous ‘Candyland House’ Will Still Mak...
14 min
54
Why Chi Should Have a Museum to Public Housing
18 min
55
Goodbye Midterms, Hello Mayor's Race. Plus, 'Wa...
20 min
56
What Hip-Hop Blogs Get Wrong—and Right—about Ch...
18 min
57
Here’s What Happened on Election Night
23 min
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Abortion Rights, Justice Reform at Stake in AG ...
19 min
59
Obama’s Chief Speechwriter on the ‘Battle for A...
17 min
60
CTA Accountability, Midterm Prep, and Chi Trans...
22 min
61
So You Want to Build a House on a Vacant Lot?
10 min
62
Can This Bulls Team Actually Win the Championship?
16 min
63
What Does Cook County Do with its $8 Billion Bu...
16 min
64
'Candyman' Has Been Scaring Chicago for 30 Years
19 min
65
Your Last-Minute Halloween Guide
20 min
66
South Shore: Beaches, Bungalows, and Obama
19 min
67
Cuffing Season at the ‘Horny’ Farmers Market
17 min
68
What the SAFE-T Act Really Does
15 min
69
Hike Your Way Through Fall: Our Top Picks
16 min
70
Where Are Fed Funds, the CTA, and the Magic Stump?
25 min
71
Why Avondale Really is That Cool
19 min
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Can Pilsen Project Help Tackle City Monument Tr...
16 min
73
A Progressive Guide to Midterm Elections
13 min
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Eve Ewing Takes on Everything From Chicago Race...
21 min
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Why is Civilian Police Oversight Taking So Long...
20 min
76
Our Must-See Screenings at Chicago Internationa...
15 min
77
Where to Experience Black Panther Party History...
15 min
78
Get ‘Slow and Low’ at Lowrider Festival
14 min
79
Lightfoot's Election Year Budget, Housing Peopl...
Fridays are for getting caught up on the week’s news and prepping for the weekend.
20 min
80
Skating Rinks, Nostalgia, & Maxwell's: Jacoby's...
We discuss some of Jacoby's favorite things to do, see, and eat in Auburn Gresham.
18 min
81
Some Plays to See This Theater Season
14 min
82
As ‘Punch 9’ Hits Theaters, the Life and Legacy...
19 min
83
After 40 Years and No Charges, A Potential Twis...
21 min
84
Near South Side School Moving Forward, Scam at ...
A new Chinatown high school is moving forward despite pushback from the community.
25 min
85
Why Latinas Are Being Targeted with Abortion Mi...
Since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June, confusion over abortion laws has enabled misinformation to spread.
13 min
86
StreetWise Celebrates 30 Years of Lending a ‘Ha...
18 min
87
Here's Why Chicago is a Wrestling Town
Everything you need to know about pro wrestling.
17 min
88
Why Is There (Still) So Much Lead In the City's...
15 min
89
What Does ‘Progressive’ Mean? Plus, Lightfoot's...
23 min
90
Let's Peel Back the Layers of Lincoln Park
How gentrification has changed Lincoln Park for this longtime resident.
18 min
91
Fight Back Against Book Bans
A report from PEN America shows a rise in book challenges in schools, including around Chicagoland.
14 min
92
How to See Chi through Ferris Bueller’s Eyes
A Chicago writer recreated Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane's day.
17 min
93
Chicago Jingles That Still Smack!
We reminisce about some of our favorites.
16 min
94
A Fact Check on SAFE-T, What’s Up at CTA, and ‘...
We're wrapping up the week in news with Pat Whelan and Jill Hopkins.
26 min
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'This is My Home Base': A Visit to Pullman and ...
Journalist and professor Arionne Nettles gives us a tour of her neighborhood.
17 min
96
During Journey to Mexico, Monarch Butterflies S...
Claudia Galeno-Sanchez runs a butterfly sanctuary at her home.
14 min
97
Author Explores Grief, Loss, and Chi Politics i...
The new novel is out now.
12 min
98
Texas is Busing Migrants to Chicago. What Happe...
More than 300 migrants have arrived.
14 min
99
Bears Move Toward Burbs, But Will Fans Follow? ...
Let's look back at the week's news.
21 min
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It May Be Quiet, But Don’t Sleep on the Northwe...
Your guide to Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Forest Glen, and nearby suburbs.
15 min