City Cast

Meet the team

There’s a lot to love about Chicago. We’re diverse, boisterous, and fraught with some of the most pressing issues of our time. None of that diminishes Chicagoans’ deep passion and pride for our city, whose story is still being written. Every day, you’ll hear from the team highlighting what makes this beautiful, complex city we call home just a little bit better. Get in touch with us at

Jacoby Cochran

Podcast host

Let’s eat here:
Home of the Hoagy. If you said I could only have one Chicago food, Imma take the sweet steak.

Chicago does this best:
Roller skate.

Best book about Chicago:
“Southside” by Natalie Moore

Simone Alicea

Lead producer

The tourist trap that’s actually great:
The architecture boat tour is so much more interesting than it sounds.

Best book about Chicago:
“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan. Yes, it’s a YA book. But as a 15-year-old girl on the West Coast, reading about the misadventures these two titular suburban boys were having in Chicago made me want to have my own.

Sidney Madden

Newsletter editor

Chicago hidden gem:
The Winter Garden on the ninth floor of the Harold Washington Library.

Let’s eat here:
Korean BBQ pork tacos and hot stone bibimbap from Del Seoul for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.