Get a head start on tomorrow during your commute home today. Listen to our roundup of essential Chicago headlines and analysis from Crain’s reporters and host Amy Guth. Presented by Wintrust.
11/25/20: Chicago’s recovery can’t happen without the arts
Writer, filmmaker and Chicago native Matthew-Lee Erlbach, whose new docuseries “We Are The Champions” recently debuted on Netflix, talks with host Amy Guth about how Chicago could face “galactic economic collapse” and endanger its status as a global city if the arts aren’t included in recovery plans.
Plus: Vista Tower developer cuts deals with St. Regis and Alinea, Lightfoot's $12.8 billion ’pandemic budget' passes, a developer plans the city’s first e-sports venue and retailers prepare for the most virtual Black Friday yet.
11/24/20: Why Chicago-area home values are growing at fastest pace in years
Chicago-area home values rose in September by the most in over three years, according to a respected national index. Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins the podcast to explain the sharp uptick in prices and recap this week’s news in residential real estate.
Plus: Dow touches record, airlines will lose $157 billion before COVID clears, long waits for Rivian buyers and HelloFresh gets its first Chicago-area office in a deal worth up to $277 million.
11/23/20: Why the elevator is the ultimate reopening challenge
A simple elevator ride has turned into one of the biggest logistical hurdles for office landlords in bringing people back to work in downtown high-rises. Crain's commercial real estate reporter Danny Ecker joins the podcast with more.
Plus: Illinois could soon see first COVID vaccine shipment, Foxconn plant lands Google work, a second round of panic buying leads to new shortages, and some Chicago restaurants are halting outdoor dining as people stay home amid a surge in cases.
11/19/20: Will Illinois benefit from national rise in home sales?
U.S. home sales skyrocketed in October, but data on Illinois has yet to be released. Crain’s residential real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin shares this week’s top news in the local housing market.
Plus: Ex-ComEd CEO and Madigan associates indicted, Morton’s closes original location on State Street, struggling retailers rack up $52 billion in missed rent and UBS Wealth picks former Bear Adewale Ogunleye to lead its new athlete segment.
11/18/20: Why tax assessment cuts may not translate to relief
Homeowners across Cook County have been receiving letters from Assessor Fritz Kaegi that his office has cut their assessments due to the COVID-19 crisis. Senior reporter Alby Gallun joins the podcast to explain why you shouldn’t necessarily expect a property tax cut.
Plus: Illinois hit with more restrictions in response to virus surge, FAA clears 737 Max to resume flights, M&M maker Mars agrees to deal with Kind snack bars and a new lobbying group is pushing for 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030.
11/17/20: Coronavirus puts ethical leadership to the test
In the midst of the pandemic, leaders may tempted to cut corners and abandon ethics. Chicago Comes Back columnists Emily Drake and Todd Connor join the podcast to make the business case for putting people above profit.
Plus: Amazon launches digital pharmacy, Theo Epstein resigns as Cubs president, new city initiative wants to boost holiday shopping at Black businesses and survey reveals workers want to keep working at home— just not every day.
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