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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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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. 

    Learning About Pigeon-Racing Made Us Pigeon Advocates

    Learning About Pigeon-Racing Made Us Pigeon Advocates

    It’s pigeon-racing season. And while the sport is banned in Chicago, pigeons racing through the city can end up exhausted, confused, and possibly injured. Earlier this year, we visited a Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue foster home where we met some former racing birds, learned how to care for the vulnerable animals, and discovered why pigeons are more than “rats with wings.”

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    You Might Also Like: Via Podcast

    You Might Also Like: Via Podcast

    Introducing Mosey into the Authentic West with Will Grant from Via Podcast.
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    The Via Podcast returns with modern cowboy storyteller Will Grant, who reveals why hosts Michelle Donati and Mitti Hicks are “dudes” and so much more.

    Listen as Grant uncovers the authentic West—and also defines what that even means—as we trot on horseback through Utah’s west desert amid wild horses and experience the Navajo Nation in Arizona with a Diné guide. Grant also tells us why Sheridan, Wyoming, is the ultimate “cow town” and what to expect if you vacation at a dude ranch.

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    Your Approachable Guide to Wine in Chicago

    Your Approachable Guide to Wine in Chicago

    As we enjoy our packed summer social calendars, we’re also enjoying a variety of beverages. That’s why over the next few weeks, we’re bringing you some guides on spots to drink, beverages to bring to your next hang, and how to appreciate what Chicago has to offer. First up we’re revisiting our conversation from earlier this spring with wine enthusiast and “Wine Convo Generator” author Chasity Cooper. She teaches us some wine vocabulary to sound a little more like an expert and recommends the best vino spots.
    Spots mentioned:

    Easy Does It

    Deep Red Wine Merchants

    Beautiful Rind

    Webster’s Wine Bar

    Pops for Champagne

    The Wine Goddess

    City Winery

    Chicago Winery

    Good Funk

    Figo Wine Bar

    Uvae 

    J9 Wine Bar

    Middle Brow

    Love Cork Screw

    Illinois Sparkling Company

    Plus, more in Cooper’s wine guide


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    What's Next for DNC? Plus, New Restaurants and More Festivals

    What's Next for DNC? Plus, New Restaurants and More Festivals

    President Joe Biden has dropped out of the election and announced his support for Vice President Kamala Harris to take his place as the Democratic Party's nominee. Host Jacoby Cochran and executive producer Simone Alicea are here to discuss what happens next and what that could mean for Chicago’s DNC next month. Plus, we discuss some restaurant openings we’re excited for and check in on the festival schedule this weekend.

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    Can Transit Merger Save CTA?

    Can Transit Merger Save CTA?

    Lawmakers are considering merging Chicagoland transit agencies — CTA, Metra, and Pace — to address declines in ridership and a looming $730 million budget crisis. Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Sarah Freishtat tells host Jacoby Cochran what we know so far about how the plan would work, why advocates think it’s a good idea, and if it would actually make the trains come on time. A public hearing is slated to take place Wednesday in the south suburbs.

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    Casino Back on Track, Great Graffiti Battle, and Crappy Cake Art

    Casino Back on Track, Great Graffiti Battle, and Crappy Cake Art

    After securing construction funding, prepping demolition, and releasing yet another set of mockups, Bally’s Casino officials say plans for Chicago’s first ever permanent casino are on track for 2026. However, lower than projected attendance and revenue at the River North temporary site paired with criticism from city leaders continue to mar the project in skepticism. Axios Chicago’s Carrie Shepherd and Block Club Chicago’s Kelly Bauer are here with the latest. Plus, we discuss an alleged $15 million fraud scheme at Loretto Hospital, an ongoing investigation into Chicago’s abandoned public housing units, crappy cake art and a graffiti battle in Back of the Yards!

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