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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. — "the essential Chicago podcast" according to Chicago magazine and voted "Best Podcast 2021" by Chicago Reader. Plus, a morning newsletter packed with what you need (and want) to know about Chicago, connecting you with the city you love.

City Cast Chicago’s daily newsletter is the back-fence neighbor you wish you had, in your inbox by 6 a.m. each weekday. It’s the local news you need —  plus what to eat, things to do, and Chicagoans to watch. Guaranteed to make you fall in love with — and question — this city we share. 

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Why launch City Cast in Chicago?

Chicago is diverse, boisterous, and fraught with some of the most pressing issues of our time—from the pandemic and the economic crisis to the movement for racial justice. None of that diminishes Chicagoans’ deep passion and pride for our city, whose story is still being written. City Cast’s goal is to help Chicagoans become more informed—and more impassioned—local citizens at a moment when that’s urgently important. 

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