Chicago Podcasts

A curated podcast list by
Brent Hand
Creation Date February 10th, 2019
Updated Date Updated August 19th, 2019
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Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the world of the weird - aliens, mysteries, the paranormal, the unusual, and the unexplained. Hosts John Goforth, Brent Hand, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.
A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.
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Bob Dylan once said, "Life is Sad, Life is a bust/All you can do is do what you must". We believe that sentiment is true at one time or another for all of us, but as a society we don't always share the feelings, thoughts and actions that accompany these moments. Sad Times has a guest each episode and we talk with him or her about how sadness manifests within him or her; what type of behavior that may surface as a result from being sad. It is my firm belief that if we could just talk a bit more about these things, we might be able to better understand each other, and perhaps feel more content in day to day life.
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Quiz Quiz Bang Bang is a weekly pub trivia practice podcast. For three weeks out of the month it is straight questions and answers as read by the hosts Annie and David Flora. Once a month we invite friends to join us for a live game of quiz bang trivia to add the humor, thought processes and fun. The show’s format is 4 rounds of 4 questions each with a quick-fire Bang Bang Round after Round 2. After Round 4, a final Big Bang round caps off the show with 3 questions, the answers of which are hints to one final question. Scoring would work as follows: Rds 1-4: 10 pts/correct answer; Bang Bang: 2 pts./correct answer; Final 3: no pts for the clue questions; wager up to your point total for the final question.
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Each episode, Dan and Jordan take a look at some clips from that day's Alex Jones Show and struggle to make sense of what they find.
Chicago's News in 2 minutes!
The attorneys of Lavelle Law Ltd. address a variety of legal topics.
Chris Chicago is the founder of JamTheHype.com and is now the Radio Host for Rapzilla.com's #1 syndicated radio program, Rapzilla.com LIVE, he also hosts a top morning show in Houston, TX on 91.7 NGEN Radio. Chicago is passionate about Christian Music, especially CHH. This short podcast will shine the spotlight on artists to help bring their story and music to a worldwide audience. Subscribe to this podcast and get ready for a fun adventure as we discover new artist and new music together!
Get the news that the Mainstream Broadcasters don't want you to hear! Check us out online at https://www.chicagosalternative.com
A podcast that takes you a short drive from Chicago, along the towns of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, Route 66 and Starved Rock State Park.
Redemption Center Chicago is a church planted on January 5th in Hyde Park, Chicago. We believe in a good God that desires us to destroy the works of the enemy with His love. We meet each sunday @ 930am in Harper Theater located at 5238 S. Harper Ave.
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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.
GBH is not a voice speaking only from the outside looking in, but rather, from the middle of some of the most rapidly changing dynamics that any U.S. industry has ever seen. The interviews go deeper and the articles work harder to balance the culture of craft beer with the businesses it supports, shifting the conversation with our readers toward the future of the industry we love and the tenacity of its ideals.
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Sound Opinions is the World's only rock and roll talkshow. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music reviews. Plus, tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. Sound Opinions is a production of WBEZ Chicago and distributed by PRX. Updated weekly.
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NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.
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Nerdette is a safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, and encountering IRL. Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts, and more.
We believe that Chicago Bears fans deserve a premium podcast that keeps them up-to-date in the offseason and provides them with in-depth analysis throughout the season. That is why our team (Will DeWitt, Brandon Hazlett and Nicholas Moreano) breaks down the biggest news all year long as soon as it happens. Whether you re amongst the thousands of Bears Fans scattered around the world looking for a way to connect with your favorite team, or you live in Chicago and are a season ticket holder, The Chicago Audible is the podcast to keep you in the know and make you a smarter Bears fan along the way.
Chicago Bears podcast featuring Chicago Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell.
Exclusive news and analysis from Hub Arkush and our team professional football in Chicago. Professional football served Chicago style.
Author Adam Selzer and comedians Hector Reyes and Erin Pieshke investigate history and folklore in Chicago.
High Spirits Chicago is a Podcast dedicated to talking about all things GHOST. We also drink quite a bit. Hosted by CHICAGO’S VERY OWN Noelle Schmitt and Jay Steigmann.
Higher Ground Chicago is dedicated to bringing you conversations with the most interesting and successful people in Chicago, hosted by Jake Graves and Allen Carter. In Season 1, we take you through the remarkable stories of 8 great Chicagoans.
Chicago Blackhawks highlights from WGN Radio 720 in Chicago
Fear No ART Chicago is an all access pass behind the scenes, where the public is never allowed, to discover what is involved, mistakes and all, in making of sculpture, painting, fashion, music, theater, and food of all types in the back studios, kitchens and stages of Chicago’s artists.
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Dungeons, Dice, & Everything Nice is an all women, all comedian, Dungeons and Dragons (5e) podcast. We've got Gobliritas, needless sacrifices, and a lot of Butcher Shop workplace dynamics.
Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
Well-known improv teacher and former Studio 312 host Jimmy Carrane explores the creative processes used to make great comedy.
Wrestling with Depression is an internet radio program hosted by comedian Marty DeRosa. The show brings on other comedians, wrestlers, and performers to talk about some of the unseen sides of entertainment. About how they deal with their own sadness, depression, or other emotions that you might not expect to hear from stage and screen personalities. Don't worry though, it's not all sad, some parts are pretty funny! This is no clinical advice, and we're no doctors! What you will get are stories from real people, who have had to face depression in their own lives.
On this weekly show, Rob Southgate conducts interviews, holds roundtables, and personally discusses various aspects of new media and the business of running a business that creates content that is considered new media. Topics discussed are podcasting, blogging, content creation, vlogs, social media, marketing, and business.
Tasty science with a side of baloney. Join the absurd, irreverent Dottore Balordo as he and his guests explore science.
Improvised Star Trek explores the final frontier of comedy by turning Star Trek into an improv office comedy. Taking suggestions submitted on Twitter and Facebook, the cast (featuring some of Chicago’s top improvisors) creates a fully improvised episode detailing the adventures of the USS Sisyphus, a less enterprising starship. New episodes are posted every other week. To learn more about the show check out our website, facebook page, or twitter! Improvised Star Trek is fan production. Star Trek is property of CBS/Paramount.
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Candy Chat is monthly exploration of candy hosted by Betty Ebersol and Tabitha Hutchison. Each month, the ladies select an assortment of savory sweets based on a theme, sample them, and give their opinions as amateur candy connoisseurs. It's a scrumptious, mouth sound-filled romp through tantalizing treats!
What do unqualified advice givers do? Start a podcast. What do single people do? Give relationship advice. That's how this podcast was born. Menage-a-Pod is a hilarious new podcast about dating, sex, relationships and everything in between, hosted by Gena (IG@genagrish, former HuffPo Dating Columnist) and TJ (IG@chicagocaferacer, former serial dater & wannabe comedian). In it, we tackle topics like ass pics, divorce, breadcrumbing being the Pumpkin Spice Latte of dating and what it's like to date as a single parent all within the first few episodes. Let's be honest, dating sucks. We are here to let you know that you're not alone out there and help you laugh along the way (and through the tears). Hang in there. We've got you, boo. IG@menageapodcast Twitter@MenagePod Facebook@menageapod
Taking movies we used to love as kids and re-examining them in the harsh, sobering light of 2019. Leave a review and send us your recommendations to notanotherfilmpodcast@gmail.com
Billy O is a producer, studio engineer, musician, and now...a podcaster. Along with his co-host and marketing extraordinaire Chris Walker, they'll be bringing you the facts and fictions from all the latest news in the music industry, and maybe even some inside knowledge as well. If you love podcasts, music, the music industry, music industry podcasts, music about podcasts, podcasts industries...you get the point...you'll be at home with us.
The Hollywood Outsider is a weekly entertainment podcast where we discuss specific topics in film and TV, review current movies, interview independent filmmakers, and put our own spin on movies and television. Winner at the 2017 Podcast Awards for Best TV & Film. Subscribe & listen to a new HO every week!
Veronica's Marshmallows is a weekly podcast which investigates the cases, mysteries, and relationship dynamics on the show Veronica Mars. Whether it's your first time watching the show or your one hundredth, we hope you'll enjoy following along with us as we dive deeper into the characters and stories of this modern day noir. And rest assured first time viewers, we will not spoil any future episodes.
Co-hosts Daniel Johanson and Maureen Smith sit down with different people making art, finding out how could they even
Collin A. Bullock and Ron Ervin are two stand up comedians who LOVE movies, and wanna shove that in your ears!
Sunday School for Heathens is a show about Christianity and how weird it sounds to everyone else. Co-Hosted by Bryan, a self professed fanboy of religion and religious history, and Shannon who never went to church growing up and learned all her religious history from pop culture, each week we dive deep into a story or topic in Christianity; answer the questions you are afraid to ask, compare the historical and contemporary points of view, and examine the differences across Christian denominations of all kinds. With jokes, trivia, and absolutely so religious agenda, Sunday School for Heathens is the religion podcast for everyone.
Triviality is a weekly pub trivia style game show where a lack of seriousness meets a little bit of knowledge. Join our hosts every Tuesday to play along with our fast-paced game or simply enjoy the clash of intellect and personalities. This is TRIVIALITY. Hosted by: Ken, Matt, Neal, and Jeff. Sister podcast of MOVIEALITY.
A Jock and a Nerd come together to share their geek-love for comic book culture! Anthony and Imran talk about what they’re reading and watching, from Marvel to DC Comics. Enjoy full spoiler, uncensored news and reviews covering comic book culture. Enough reading! Go listen already!
Join your host David Hickney as we expose the truth. The FREAK is out there
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Cole Knowlden, Kenyon Adamcik, and Kwamin Marshall are three comics who explore bad self-help advice and implement it in their lives
Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment presents original radio plays and songs recorded before a LIVE audience at Stage773 in Chicago, IL.
The Gaming Outsider Podcast is a show dedicated to video gaming of all kinds with a focus on the community. Here at The GO, we don't subscribe to just one platform, and we realize that we don't have the ability to play every game that's out there. Our goal is to discuss ours and our listener's perspectives on current and former games that we have played while keeping a positive environment.
The Nonprofit Optimist podcast showcases positive change agents and talks through lessons that their small nonprofits have learned. With interviews of executive directors, founders, board members and staff leaders, we share practical advice based on real experiences working in the non-profit sector. Since most nonprofit professionals wear many hats, this is a great opportunity to learn how to grow your small nonprofit without needing to re-invent the wheel!
Nick will be a dad soon; his wife is pregnant and he's trying to be useful around the house, the doctor's appointments and the day-to-day preparations. Maybe he'll be kinda useful to people who, like him, are embarking into this crazy journey full of questions and new information.
WHO 37 - A middle-aged geek from Chicago puts his face in front of a mic and talks about his passion for Doctor Who.
A chronological review and discussion of the Batman and Detective Comics published in the 1970. Hosted by JB Anderton, this podcast will summarize and review each issue to explore whether the comics stories have dated or still stand the test of time as well as discover what aspects we know and love of the character originated during the Bronze Age.
Follow us to hear select rare recordings; music from teaching artists; and The Archives podcast, showcasing stories from the Old Town School community alongside live performances, field recordings and more from the archive at the school’s Resource Center. The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in traditions of diverse US and global communities. Visit www.oldtownschool.org for more information on classes, concerts, the Resource Center, and other programming at the Old Town School.
Today's 24/7 news cycle means a lot of stupid stuff makes it way to the top, masking itself as real news. On Stupids Talking Stupid, we neglect real news to bring you the stories of "are you f*cking kidding me?" Who better to filter through the nonsense than a couple of stupid guys?
A podcast about comics, fandom and exploring the creative process.
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Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audio drama, produced by HartLife NFP in Chicago, IL. Learn more at www.ourfaircity.com
A podcast about reality television and friendship from Jake Scheidel (@jakescheidel) and Thom Powell (@thom_not_tom).
David Vox Mullen is a Recording Artist, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and now a Podcast Host. Subscribe for interesting topics and the coolest guests in pop culture.
Two working actors, Dylan and Chris, take deep dives into the games they love, with a dramatic twist. Join us every week for just shy of an hour of conversation on theater, games, and life in a creative career, with some goofing for good measure.
Hosted by David Musto
A monthly podcast about video game characters and the people who create them.
Your fitness journey is an adventure! Check in for tips, tricks, and hints to help you navigate the ins and outs of "getting in shape", no matter what that means for you! Most episodes will focus on the mental side of exercise; you can't separate your mental from for your physical health!
Jamie Black and Angela DeMarco have made some bad life choices. Give a listen and you can laugh, cry, learn and grow from some of the Icky Lousy Junky life choices that we all make.
Finally, a podcast that studies, analyzes and celebrates women in TV. Thousands of comedies, variety shows and dramas have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is an experience we need to understand better and embrace. With an eye to aligning the leadership lesson, time capsule observation or fascinating backstory of a show’s success or failure, my goal of Advanced TV Herstory is to connect the treasures of the past to the great potential of today’s TV and online platforms. Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. So gear up for a little sociology, economics, strategy, storytelling and fun.
Beware the writers for they’ll eat all your cake, but they’ll leave you a beautifully written short story as an apology. Kat Ogden and Leah Lopez host this micro-podcast about writing you can have with your morning coffee.
We tell the stories behind the pioneering research and pivotal breakthroughs reshaping our world. Change how you see the world. Produced out of The University of Chicago.
Can personal growth be hilarious and inspirational? We believe so, join us for new episodes each Wednesday. If you have any questions or would like to share your Jumping The Fence stories, please feel free to email us at: jumpingthefencepodcast@gmail.com Jumping the Fence is hosted by: Mary Pat Bohan - marypat.bohan@gmail.com Terry "Terrance" Opalek - www.terryopalek.com Jen Stanley - www.fromscratchwellness.com Michael Frontier - www.michaelfrontier.com Edited and Produced by: John Magallanez - jnmagall@gmail.com
Southgate Media Group performs a variety of live podcasts at the Blue Box Cafe in Elgin, IL.
Join us for this weekly podcast where we break down the latest geek news. We talk movies, TV, comics, music, books, video games, toys and more. Basically, if it tweaks our geeks we talk it out. These show are recorded live in front of an audience at the Blue Box Cafe in Elgin, IL every Saturday night.
Matthew Yonemura discusses his journey as a filmmaker.
Hosted by “The Lady in Black” (Jayme Mattler), Midnight Matinees is Pocket Universe Productions’ horror anthology series, the first nine-episode season dramatizing the short stories of both classic and contemporary fiction writers from Lovecraft and Poe to Mary SanGiovanni and Rick Hautala. New episodes will air weekly after the premiere.
Independent and creator-owned graphic novels as full-cast audio dramas. This is audio like you’ve never heard before. Welcome to AudioComics Redux.
Home to the unofficial family podcast about ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Hosted by Molly (age 7), and her parents, Martha and Rob. Episode recaps, news, analysis and predications are all discussed on this weekly show. Please rate us and subscribe to help more fans find our show. Learn more, contact us, and check out our other podcasts at www.southgatemediagroup.com.
A bi-weekly discussion of the bingability of various media including TV shows, podcasts, web-series, and more!
Home to the unofficial family podcast about the BBC’s Doctor Who. Hosted by Molly (age 7), and her parents, Martha and Rob. Episode recaps, news, analysis and predications are all discussed on this weekly show. Please rate us and subscribe to help more fans find our show. Learn more, contact us, and check out our other podcasts at www.southgatemediagroup.com.
Three licensed therapists breakdown and analyze popular movies and characters from the perspectives of an individual, child, and a marriage and family therapist.
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If you listen, you will laugh… and probably cringe. Sensible People brings you your bi-weekly dose of outrageous observational comedy and life advice from the minds of three unfiltered Chicagoans. Each episode they share stories, discuss taboo topics, play amusing games, interview guests from all walks of life and perform entertaining comedy skits. New episodes every other Monday. SensiblePeoplePodcast.com
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A Brew With You is a weekly podcast where Blake and Jeff are joined by a guest and try a new beer while discussing current events, hot topics and play some original games. Released every Monday. Support the channel at Patreon.com/bigdealblake
Chicago's #1 Podcast for Sports, Music, Entertainment, Politics + Everything Chicago!
chiPOD is an exclusive collection of podcasts focusing on The City of Big Shoulders - Sweet Home Chicago. Get a taste of all 77 neighborhoods via the Good in Chicago podcast, or build excitement for bizarre happenings in the weird, unincorporated world of Summit Valley Radio. Then, kick back and listen to songs from the comically mismatched and politically charged folk duo Mike and Mike (No Relation). All that and more from the heart of America, with more pure Chicago content on the horizon.
Even through the "drinking" years, Steve had the presence of mind to start recording and saving his shows. The early shows were recorded on a Betamax and then later on VHS machines. That was the only way to record an entire 4 1/2-hour show without having to remember to change tapes every hour. Subscribers are now the beneficiaries of Steve's foresight with the weekly Descent. From WDAI to the Steve and Garry years to Steve solo on WCKG, The Descent Into The Archives is vintage Steve Dahl.
Kevin Matthews helped transform Chicago radio into the mega-power scene that it was through the late 80's and into the mid-90's. Of course, Chicago radio (all radio) is now a vast wasteland of nothingness. That's why Kevin has joined The Steve Dahl Podcast Network. You can hear Kevin's Monday Podcast Express and an even longer and more insane Friday Kevin Matthews Show every week. Kevin lives in Grand Rapids these days, as does Jim Shorts. Kevin is a grandfather now. Jim should be castrated (he has three balls!).
Daniel Van Kirk grew up in Rochelle, IL and lived in Chicago for years as he started his career as an actor and comedian at the famed The Second City Theatre. Since moving to Los Angeles, Daniel has become part of both the stand-up and improv/sketch communities, working with the UCB Theatre, The Nerdmelt Theatre, The Nerdist Channel, College Humor, and Yahoo Sketchy. And in 2013, Daniel was given his own sketch show, "DVK," on the YouTube comedy network, The Nerdist Channel.
The Steve Dahl Radio Show is upbeat, interactive and 100% from the World of Dahl!
Each week, Andy and Art, two Chicago comedians and skeptics, are abducted by the titular Mr. Bunker. Mr. Bunker brings Andy and Art to his secret doomsday bunker where they must podcast about various conspiracy theories, paranormal activity, and all things bizarre! Will Bunker's research convince these two skeptics? Will it convince you?
Nicole Kelly and Sarah Tuberty powerfully deconstruct disability through candid conversations with experts exploring topics related to disability. They look to educate, empower, voice, and build a more inclusive society.