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Chicago Stories

By Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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The stories of everyday Chicagoans as told to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Customer Reviews

Chicago told through its people

If you're looking for a podcast about Rahm Emanuel this isn't the one. This is a 'show not tell' exhibit of an animated American city that relishes in its diversity - of backgrounds, ideas and offerings. From world famous rib sauce on the South Side to Shakespeare in the Park, the fact that it's hosted by the highest ranking city official seems almost secondary, although it adds a unique element. For a politician as closely scrutinized as Emanuel he speaks freely and at times is deeply personal as he connects to the constituents he serves everyday - however most of the time the story is told by the "everyday" Chicagoans he's interviewing. This podcast is for anyone who wants to know the secret sauce of a thriving city and an occasional inside look into an unscripted and loose Emanuel. Perfect for your L ride home.

Thoughtful and funny

As a newcomer to Chicago, it's great to hear from locals who make the city diverse and contribute to it through food, their small businesses, arts, culture and much more. Especially interesting to hear the Mayor interview them one-on-one and his genuine interest in each guest's story. Give it a listen.

Unexpectedly awesome!

When the only glimpses of Mayor Emanuel you get are 10-second clips on the local news discussing police reform or school-funding bills it can be hard to see him as anything more than another politician.

However, this podcasts offers a look into both Emanuel’s more relaxed and friendly nature, while delving into topics Chicagoans will truly take an interest in (like beer!) The format is extremely casual, and Emanuel invites a number of the city’s most interesting citizens to tell “their stories” about Chicago and how they interact with the city.

At first, it might seem a bit odd to hear the mayor of Chicago discussing Korean BBQ or poetry. But after only a few minutes, I became wholly invested in the unique stories of everyday people who call Chicago home. That said, this podcast does not focus on the mayor or his policies but that is its greatest strength.

P.S. -- One of the mayor's jokes in the Haymarket episode really cracked me up! Keep it up Rahm!

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