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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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As Chicago mourns following Fourth of July weekend shootings, WTTW’s Joanna Hernandez and Block Club’s Maxwell Evans tell us about the latest. We also discuss two major festivals leaving the South Side, a housing ordinance asking developers to invest in more affordable housing, and what happened at the Community Benefits Agreement summit in Hyde Park. Plus, fun things to look forward to like kayaking with the Shedd, Pitchfork, and Latin Jazz Fest. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 12 episode: Paramount Theatre Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Introducing Michelle Obama: How to Stay with Your Partner When They Are Changing & 4 Check-ins You Should Be Doing in Your Relationship from On Purpose with Jay Shetty.Follow the show: On Purpose with Jay ShettyDo you want to learn how to strengthen your relationship over time?  Do you want to have better communication and expectations with your partner?  On this very special episode of On Purpose, Jay Shetty sits down with the former First Lady of the country, Michelle Obama. During Michelle’s time as First Lady, Michelle launched several initiatives, including "Let's Move!" which aimed to combat childhood obesity, and "Reach Higher," promoting higher education. Her memoir "Becoming," released in 2018, became one of the best-selling books of that year and took the world by storm. Today we sit down to talk about her most recent book, “The Light We Carry.”  In this raw conversation, Michelle opens up about her thoughts on marriage, fame, and public service. She talks about the toxicity of social media and technology that affects our mental health and how to be open to the changes and possibilities people bring with them. She also talks about how negative news and social updates are affecting our society and the community we are in. We also dive deep into relationships and  why we put so much pressure on our marriage, how to choose the right person for you and make the relationship work even when it isn’t perfect, and how to practice constructive arguments with your partner. In this interview, you’ll learn: How to think freely and independently How to take care of your mental health How to become a supportive partner How deal with negativity How to become an effective leader How to make your marriage last   Together we’ll learn how to find calm amid life's noise, give people the space to be seen and heard, and explore topics that resonate with the very fabric of our personal growth journey. With Love and Gratitude, Jay Shetty What We Discuss: 00:00 Intro 01:18 What is the Best Part of Being You? 02:16 What’s Your Longest Friendship? 03:16 The Struggle of Leaving the People You Love Behind 06:36 Be Open to the Possibilities of People 11:36 What’s the Hardest Part of Being You? 14:23 When You Lose a Piece of Yourself 16:48 What Keeps You Up at Night? 19:00 Allow Your Brain to Rest from the Noise 24:26 Mindful Usage of Technology 26:48 We Consume More Negative News Daily 31:03 How Do You Sustain a Successful Relationship? 35:33 The Non-Negotiables in Any Relationship 37:08 You Are Responsible for Your Own Happiness 42:50 What is Your Fight Style? 48:42 Giving People Space to Be Seen and Heard 53:15 What Offends You the Most? 54:39 The Best Personal Growth Moments 59:59 Conclusion with Michelle Obama Episode Resources: Michelle Obama | Instagram Michelle Obama | Facebook. Michelle Obama | Books Obama Foundation  The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is an independent podcast episode not affiliated with, endorsed by, or produced in conjunction with the host podcast feed or any of its media entities. The views and opinions expressed in this episode are solely those of the creators and guests. For any concerns, please reach out to team@podroll.fm.
We often have people in our inbox who want to get involved in the city’s vibrant arts scene. They’ve got this creative urge, but they just don’t know where to start. Our host Jacoby Cochran will be the first to tell you that Chicago’s open mic scene can be a great jumping off point. Whether you’re interested in sharing your poetry, original stories, music, or comedy there is definitely an open mic for you. Musician Sam Thousand co-founded Chibrations, an app that helps Chicagoans find open mics, live jam sessions, and performance opportunities. He gives us the best spots to check out and advice for budding performers and artists. Open mics mentioned The Ox Jam  The Corner Series Lyrical Libations Respect the Mic  Ka’Lab Speaks Stomping Grounds Open Stage Grown Folks Stories Karaoke Storytellers The Moth Big Kid Show Open Beats Luya Poetry YCA's Wordplay Overflow Coffee Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 11 episode: Paramount Theatre Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
The Vienna Beef warehouse made a cameo in “The Bear,” next Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, and we are entering peak cookout season. So we guess it’s time to finally talk about the Chicago-style hot dog. The City Cast Chicago team breaks down the Chicago dog’s origins, their favorite places to grab one, and if it deserves all the hype. Spots mentioned: Jim’s Original The Wieners Circle Maxwell Street Grill Dan’s Hot Dogs Petey’s Gyros XMarket The Duck Inn Fixin Franks at Home Depot Vienna Beef Hall of Fame Good News: The North Center Summer Music Series, Hyde Park’s Harper Court Music Series, and Deeply Rooted Summer Dance Intensive in Woodlawn Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 10 episode: Paramount Theatre Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
NASCAR’s street race was held over the weekend in Grant Park. Between small music crowds, Sunday rain delays, and road reopenings, was this a successful NASCAR weekend? Plus, executive producer Simone Alicea and host Jacoby Cochran talk about festivals this weekend and events for Chicago singles to find love — or at least one date — this summer.  Events mentioned: Love Isn’t Blind Speed Dating at Recess (32 to 44 year olds)  Hot Potato Hearts Queer Speed Dating Singles Scavenger Hunt Date My Friend Senior Singles Mixer at Logan Square Farmers Market Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 9 episode: Paramount Theatre Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Revolution Brewing Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Mayor Brandon Johnson recently expanded financial assistance for families impacted by gun violence, including for funeral expenses. Meanwhile, a state program that aims to help families pay for burial costs when a child is killed by gun violence is off to a slow start, helping only two families in its first year. We talk with The Trace reporter Rita Oceguera who explains what families go through when a loved one is killed by a gun, why this money is needed, and how families can apply. Some good news: Chicago Public Library If you enjoyed today's interview with Ravinia Festival artistic producer Erik Soderstrom, learn more here. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 8 episode: Paramount Theatre Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how Jacoby Cochran's story stacks up against the rest. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 5th episode: Ravinia Festival Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Chicago might be the snack capital from big brands like Nabisco and Kellogg to local ones like Garrett Popcorn and Jays Chips. But which Chi snacks are worth packing for your July 4th road trip or cookout? We’re bringing back a conversation from the winter between host Jacoby Cochran and producer Michelle Navarro, where they break down the best snacks the city has to offer and the snacks unworthy of your hard-earned money.  Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 3rd episode: Ravinia Festival Babbel Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
NASCAR returns to Chicago this weekend. Last year’s race was marked by fierce debate, torrential rainstorms, and mixed economic returns. So how will this year’s event fare? Host Jacoby Cochran and executive producer Simone Alicea lay out their predictions. Plus, they rank their favorite Metra stops and discuss festival lessons from June. Good news: Pride South Side Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this July 2 episode: Ravinia Festival Revolution Brewing Babbel Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Chicago community.  The holiday week will keep us busy in Chicago, but what else is happening this month besides Fourth of July? We got you covered with fireworks tips, summer eats, and a festival calendar. For even more tips on how to make the most of July in Chicago, check out Hey Chicago’s take on what to do this month.  If you enjoyed today's interview with Revolution Brewing's founder, Josh Deth, learn more here. City Cast Chicago’s guide to July is made possible by our awesome sponsor, Ravinia Festival. We’re also powered by our members, who enjoy an ad-free version of the show. Find out more about how to become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info here.  Reach us at chicago@citycast.fm.
In November, Chicagoans will go to the polls to elect members of the Chicago School Board for the first time. Filing week is over, and now we know a total of 47 candidates will be on the ballot across 10 districts. Chalkbeat Chicago’s Becky Vevea and WTTW’s Heather Cherone are in the building with everything we need to know before voting. Plus, we discuss former Ald. Ed Burke’s two-year prison sentence, City Council’s new revenue subcommittee, and first thoughts on ‘The Bear’ season 3.   Good News: New Restaurant ‘Feld’ Now Open in West Town & Stop The Violence Celebrity Basketball Game Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 28 episode: Ravinia Festival Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
The third season of the Emmy award-winning show “The Bear” returned this week, and Chicago is ready for it. Host Jacoby Cochran and correspondent Greta Johnsen are breaking down the storylines they’re most excited for this season as the rain and dental work keep them inside this weekend. Plus, we’re talking about interesting Sundance films in Chicago this weekend and books we’re reading.  Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 27 episode: Ravinia Festival Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Chicago’s Food Truck Festival is ongoing all summer at Daley Plaza — you can catch the next one Friday. But despite this annual summer fest, Chicago’s food truck culture is severely lacking. Eater Chicago editor Ashok Selvam tells host Jacoby Cochran about why food trucks are so rare here and which ones you should check out if you can find them. If you enjoyed today's interview with Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Events Program Director of Performing Arts, Mariam Thiam, learn more here. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 26 episode: Ravinia Festival Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Former Ald. Ed Burke was sentenced Monday to serve two years in prison and pay a $2 million fine. Burke was convicted on racketeering and bribery charges in December after he used his longtime power in City Council to enrich his business, intimidate his opponents, and uphold Chicago’s infamous political machine. We break down Burke’s sentence and what it could mean for future corruption trials. Plus, we discuss some new name changes coming to Chicago Public Schools and see what City Cast listeners have to say. Good news: CHGO Bulls Podcast Live NBA Draft Show in West Loop  Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 25th episode: Ravinia Festival Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order severely restricting asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border. As Chicago struggles to provide refuge for new arrivals, we ask Block Club Chicago’s Madison Savedra to break down Biden’s latest moves, the impact it could have on Chicago’s over 40,000 asylum seekers, and where the city is two years since buses first started arriving. Good News: Jean Deaux ‘Nowhere, Fast’ Tour at Lincoln Hall Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 24 episode: Ravinia Festival Babbel Chicago Association of Realtors Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Earlier this week, Mayor Brandon Johnson signed an executive order establishing a reparations task force to create a Black reparations agenda. The task force will examine Chicago policies that have historically disenfranchised Black Chicagoans and suggest measures to address these systemic inequities. The Triibe’s Tonia Hill spoke with residents about how they believe reparations should look. We are also joined by Injustice Watch’s Carlos Ballesteros whose recent investigation into Cook County jail uncovered its deadliest year in a decade. Plus, we discuss ongoing flood recovery, Chief Keef’s return to Chicagoland, and Woodlawn’s second annual Community Benefits Agreement summit. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 21 episode: Ravinia Festival Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Move over summer fests — we’re talking about summer pests. The longest day of the year is also set to be one of the hottest in Chicago, so host Jacoby Cochran and contributor Greta Johnsen talk about ways to beat the heat this weekend, play a game of “burden or delight,” and give us the definitive ranking of Chicago’s creepiest and crawliest pests from rats, to bedbugs, to mosquitoes. Take our survey and tell us which one is the worst. Weekend events: Intro to Embroidery Chinatown Dragon Boat Racing Muddy Waters Museum Front Porch Series Fever vs. Sky at Wintrust Arena Some good news: Join the waitlist to be in the audience for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart during the Democratic National Convention. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 20th episode: Ravinia Festival Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Chicago is likely to see temperatures in the 90s all week as a heat dome settles over the midwest. We’ve got the resources you need to stay cool. Plus, executive producer Simone Alicea gives producer Michelle Navarro a City Council quote quiz, and we discuss Chicago’s latest cute animal stories. Stories mentioned: “Resolution calling for Carter’s ouster from CTA gets sidetracked” “Alderman after retaliatory vote stall: ‘If you hit me with a bat, I’m going to shoot you with a gun’” “How much jail time should Ed Burke get? Depends on which City Council member you ask.” Black-crowned night herons at Lincoln Park Zoo Koalas at Brookfield Zoo Chicago Piping plover eggs Panda history Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 18th episode: Ravinia Festival Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
We are less than two weeks away from Chicago’s largest LGBTQ+ pride celebration when nearly one million people will make their way to the Northalsted neighborhood for the 53rd annual Pride Parade. However, with a shorter route and fewer participants, we’ve got everything you need to know before the parade kicks off. We are joined by Windy City Times writer and newsletter editor Jake Wittich, who also shares other Pride events to enjoy across the city. Good News: Chicago Public Pools Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about the sponsors of this June 17th episode: Ravinia Festival Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
Riot Fest announced Wednesday that it is leaving Douglass Park for SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview, blaming the Chicago Park District for the decision. The move comes after years of pushback from the community in North Lawndale despite support from the local alderperson. Riot Fest is Sept. 20-22, which also presents a challenge for the Chicago Red Stars who play at SeatGeek. We are joined by Block Club Chicago’s Jamie Nesbitt Golden and WCIU host Brandon Pope to break down the latest. Plus, we discuss a decline in violent crime statistics, the return of Foxtrot, and play a little summer festival week trivia.  Good News: Soft & Tender Concert at Metro and Janet Jackson at the United Center Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780-0246 Learn more about our sponsors: Revolution Brewing Become a member of City Cast Chicago. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
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Carl Davidson

What a great story!

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