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In bite-sized episodes every weekday, we'll keep you informed, tickled, geeked, and pondering on Chicago's news, culture and people. Start and end your day with quick news roundups from the WBEZ newsroom. Plus, in the afternoons, dive deeper into conversations with the artists, journalists, and changemakers that shape the Windy City. The Rundown podcast is a one-stop-shop for all things Chicago.

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    • 4.6 • 105 Ratings

In bite-sized episodes every weekday, we'll keep you informed, tickled, geeked, and pondering on Chicago's news, culture and people. Start and end your day with quick news roundups from the WBEZ newsroom. Plus, in the afternoons, dive deeper into conversations with the artists, journalists, and changemakers that shape the Windy City. The Rundown podcast is a one-stop-shop for all things Chicago.

    Afternoon News: Tuesday July 16, 2024

    Afternoon News: Tuesday July 16, 2024

    An update on the latest WBEZ reporting from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Chicago’s Police Superintendent is talking up the city’s preparedness for next month’s Democratic National Convention in the wake of the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump from a rooftop. Thousands of ComEd customers are still without power and a Northwest Indiana woman was killed during last night's severe weather.

    • 4 min
    Morning News: Tuesday July 16, 2024

    Morning News: Tuesday July 16, 2024

    As many as 10 tornadoes were reported in the Chicago area Monday night. Illinois Republicans are reacting to Former President Donald Trump’s selection of J.D. Vance as his running mate. Chicago alderpersons approved more than $11 million to settle allegations of gender and disability discrimination within the Chicago Fire Department.

    • 4 min
    Afternoon News: Monday July 15, 2024

    Afternoon News: Monday July 15, 2024

    Following the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, Illinois Republicans showed a united front as they arrived in Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention this week. Demonstrators who plan to march at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next month are prepared for tighter security following the attack on the former president. Some Chicago area schools are considering taking stricter measures to limit cell phone use in schools.

    • 4 min
    Artist David Lee Csicsko and his bright, folky, cubist portraits

    Artist David Lee Csicsko and his bright, folky, cubist portraits

    Artist David Lee Csicsko uses bright colors, a dash of cubism and a touch of folk art in his portraits of LGBTQ+ icons like Alvin Ailey, Freddie Mercury, Keith Haring, Josephine Baker, and more.

    "[I'm] trying to sort of make that person as lively as I can make them so that you want to read about them," Csicsko said. "Because the further we get from those people, they can fade away, and I'm trying to keep them alive."

    An exhibit of Csicsko's work is open through July 27 at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave. It's called “Mr. Fancy Pants: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons.” It features several decades-worth of art made by Csicsko, whose work you may have seen before, at the Belmont CTA station or even on your reusable Mariano's grocery bag.

    On today's episode, Csicsko tells Rundown podcast host Erin Allen about his young life in Hammond, Indiana, getting inspired as a kid at Chicago's free museums and how his work has evolved over time.

    "Getting my work out there, and the fact that almost anybody can enjoy it, that to me that's incredibly satisfying and a job I take very seriously," he said.
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    • 18 min
    Morning News: Monday July 15, 2024

    Morning News: Monday July 15, 2024

    Illinois Republicans are rallying around Donald Trump even more after Saturday’s assassination attempt as the RNC gets underway. Chicago hospitals are asking patients to be flexible during the Democratic National Convention next month. Illinois transit leaders are asking state lawmakers for more money.

    • 5 min
    Afternoon News: Friday July 12, 2024

    Afternoon News: Friday July 12, 2024

    Bally’s has announced it has secured the financing needed to complete the construction of its permanent Chicago casino and entertainment complex. The State of Illinois’ African Descent-Citizens Reparations Commission will hold its first public hearing Saturday. Rural homelessness is a growing issue nationwide.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Mryummynanobots ,

To the Point

A part of my morning routine is to listen to the 5 minute Rundown episodes with Adora Namiga Day (apologies if this is misspelled that’s how the transcript wrote your name). When listening I’ve learned of cool events and stay up to date on what’s happening in the Chicagoland area.

JE - Jill ,

Awesome Chicago news podcast!

It’s exactly the level of detail, frequency, and content I was looking for to stay up to date on all things Chicago/IL news!

CRJ84531 ,

Not real news

Hopelessly woke, soft “journalism.” Approaches every story with an activist stance. For example, with the nascar race, they didn’t report on any hard facts like attendance, results, economic impact etc.; instead they just interviewed some people who “feel like” the audience is getting more diverse. No wonder no one is donating.

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