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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.

About the Show

It’s the daily local audio companion you knew Chicago needed. 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.

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 is a smart and delightful way to become a more informed—and more impassioned—local citizen at a moment when that’s urgently important. 

Meet Our Host 

Host Jacoby Cochran is an educator, storyteller, and South Sider who loves Chicago in all its complexity. Join him for 15 minutes a day as he sits down with culture and news makers, artists and activists, people who love and hate this city. Each weekday he has the conversations — messy and ardent — that help listeners understand the city’s problems, and its joys, too. 

What listeners are saying about City Cast Chicago

“A young, sharp, Chicagoan to Chicagoan start to the day.”


“Super succinct yet really captures the feeling of living in Chicago.”


“If you love Chicago to your bones…this is for you.”