Listen Up: Chicago-Style

We put together this collection of podcasts and live music venues that shine a spotlight on our beloved city. Share these with your clients who are looking for new perspectives and hidden gems, Chicago-style.

The Barber Shop Show Podcast

The magical voice of Richard Steele plays host to local thinkers and community organizers in a relaxed and lively discussion about the past week. It’s recorded right in Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale.        

River Roast – Live Music

This is an upscale restaurant with two bars and a fabulous riverfront view. Brew & Blues Brunch is a hit event, as well as the After Work Set on Thursdays. 315 N LaSalle Dr., Chicago, IL 60654        

Curious City Podcast

This is a must-listen for anyone who calls Chicago home. Engaged citizens can log on, pose random questions about a variety of city-related occurrences, then vote on which questions they want to hear answered. It’s investigative journalism that cleverly combines archival WBEZ stories with new investigations, and it’s all about sweet home Chicago.        

Green Mill – Live Music

Nightly music that ranges from big-name artists to local bands, that’s guaranteed to fit the taste of all music lovers. Check the calendar for updates on performers, times, cover charges and other details. 4802 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640        

Chewing Podcast

Chicago Tribune dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ food writer Monica Eng look at food through the lens of pleasure and health, and of course, what food to find in Chicago.        

A Lot You Got to Holler Podcast

Hosted by Newcity Design Editor Ben Schulman and architecture journalist Zach Mortice, who discuss past and current urbanism, design, and architecture of one of our country’s greatest cities. Guests can vary between artists, designers, and architects.        

Empty Bottle – Live Music

From a self-described hole-in-the-wall in Ukrainian Village, to a “new, slightly-larger hole two blocks up the street,” this music venue and bar plays host to alternative bands in a cozy space with drink prices so fair you’ll be coming back for more. 1035 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622         Download the PDF to share with your clients.