Sunday, July 12, 2015

Your Chicago at Taste of Chicago!

Meet Arden and Stefania - LIVE at Taste of Chicago! In this episode, Mindy Segal, James Beard Award-winning Chef, owner of Hot Chocolate Chicago and author of COOKIE LOVE, dishes on food, life and Chicago.

TIME: 5:30p-6:30p

Mindy will be signing copies of her book, COOKIE LOVE after the podcast.

Admission to the festival and show is FREE.

The Taste of Chicago is a five-day culinary extravaganza showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s restaurant scene. With over 200 menu items, celebrity chef demonstrations, unique dining experiences on the lakefront, as well as world renowned music entertainment, “Taste” is the world’s largest food festival and one of the premier summer event in the Midwest.

The 35th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 8-12 in Grant Park. Admission is free and festival hours are 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For complete details visit

Monday, June 22, 2015

74 - Chirp Radio

Meet Shawn Campbell, founder and general manager of Chirp Radio. In this episode, Shawn shares her story about bringing a community radio station to life, tells about changing the rules of the FM dial and reveals her favorite band cover band (yes, you read that right).

We had some technical difficulties with this episode and were only able to recover the audio from one microphone so apologies in advance for the poor audio quality!

We look forward to seeing you at the Taste of Chicago for our live show in the Food for Thought pavilion on July 12 from 5:30-6:30pm where we will be interviewing Mindy Segal, James Beard award winning chef and owner of Hot Chocolate Chicago. Mindy will be signing copies of her book Cookie Love after the show.

And as always - want to share a Chicago secret? Want to lodge a complaint on Listen Up Chicago? Want to say hi? Write to us at or call 773-234-5LSD

Minisode: Taco In A Bag

Your eyes and ears are not deceiving you. It's something new from Your Chicago! We're taking the show on the road and bringing you some 5-10 minute Minisodes around the city. In our first minisode, we check in with Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, former podcast guest, at his new joint "Taco In A Bag." We find out how things are going and sample some of his delicious cuisine. Yes, this minisode is about 60% chewing and moans of delight.


Monday, June 8, 2015

73 - The Cara Program

Meet Maria Kim, President and CEO of The Cara Program. In this episode, prepare to get inspired as Maria tells us about how The Cara Program is transforming the lives of Chicagoans, shares an amazing restaurant on a hidden cobblestone street and helps us invent the Party Bus app (patent pending).

You're going to want to attend Motivations, volunteer and also be Maria's best friend by the end of the show, so you can get that started by checking out The Cara Program on the web or on Twitter and by following Maria on Twitter.

And in other news, BIG NEWS for Your Chicago! We will be doing a live show at the Taste of Chicago on July 12 from 5:30-6:30pm. Details forth coming but we hope you'll put that date in your calendar and plan to come see us!

And as always - want to share a Chicago secret? Want to lodge a complaint on Listen Up Chicago? Want to say hi? Write to us at or call 773-234-5LSD

Special thanks to this week's sponsor, Busy Beaver Buttons!

Monday, May 25, 2015

72 - Robot City Workshop

Meet Nick Taylor, Educational Director for Robot City Workshop (among many other things). In this episode, Nick tells us about how a robot hobby turned into a Robot Workshop that educates and entertains children and adults, berates Chicagoans who choose to wear shorts when it's NOT TIME YET and shares one of his favorite music venues in the city.

You can learn more about Robot City Workshop and book classes online on their website.

You can find Nick just about everywhere. YouTube Instagram Facebook and Twitter and you can find his podcast at AWSM Radio.

Want to share a Chicago secret? Want to lodge a complaint on Listen Up Chicago? Want to say hi? Write to us at or call 773-234-5LSD.

Monday, May 11, 2015

71 - Your List: Why We Stay

Meet Mike, Arden's boyfriend and international man of mystery. In this episode, Mike graciously steps in as a pinch hitter after a last minute guest cancellation and joins the Your Chicago crew as we discuss the reasons we stick out Chicago's brutal winters besides the standard "because the summers are amazing," ponder the recycling situation in the city and learn about some of Chicago's most famous strikes.

Want to share a Chicago secret? Want to lodge a complaint on Listen Up Chicago? Want to say hi? Write to us at or call 773-234-5LSD

Monday, April 27, 2015

70 - Metropolis Coffee Company

Meet Tony Dreyfuss, co-founder of Metropolis Coffee Company. In this episode, Tony talks about the cup of coffee that changed his life and how coffee can change the lives of others, teaches us about the coffee roasting process, tells us about the best place in the city to swim in the lake and bravely tries out a new segment with us.

You can find Metropolis Coffee Company on the normal internet, the Facebook internet, the Twitter internet.

We've got a giveaway too! If you would like your very own Metropolis Coffee Company t-shirt, e-mail with the subject line "I <3 Metropolis" by May 11.