4.2
635 reviews
50K+
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Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this app

The WBEZ app lets you listen to the news and voices of Chicago on your schedule, wherever you are. Listen to live radio broadcasts, on-demand audio features and podcasts with the best storytelling locally and around the nation. You’ll enjoy original WBEZ Chicago programming and shows from our partners, including NPR, BBC and more.

Take your trusted news on the go. Listen to the news live wherever your day takes you. The WBEZ app delivers Chicago news, national news and international news right to your hand.

You never have to miss a minute again. You can rewind at any moment and replay any live show from the last week to catch up on anything you missed. With the WBEZ app, continue to get investigative journalism, cultural reporting, news headlines and more on your timeline.

Discover something new. Browse through the best audio stories and shows WBEZ Chicago has to offer. Each day, featured stories are curated just for you from our newsroom. Plus, you can find popular podcasts from WBEZ, NPR and other featured partners; including titles such as Curious City, Nerdette, Motive and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! There’s something for everyone with the WBEZ app.

WBEZ Chicago is listener-supported and Chicago’s NPR news station, one of the largest and most respected public media stations in the country.
Updated on
May 13, 2022

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4.2
635 reviews
Elizabeth C
May 1, 2022
The app doesn't reset itself as frequently as before (which meant over dubbing the show with a wbez introduction—annoying!) So that's a huge win! It's a little less intuitive (to me, anyway) on finding previous segments, but I figured out out. All in all, I like it, especially while driving, since my car's antenna isn't that effective.
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Al Hung
January 25, 2022
Buggy, unfinished. Programs will regularly overlap, with audio from one playing right over another. Lots of programs cut short, or started late, with abrupt cuts from one thing to another right in the middle of a conversation. Cherry on top: the app will just stop playing, or shut down altogether, all by itself, several times a day. I don't have the app battery optimized. Just stick with streaming from the website directly.
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Chicago Public Media, Inc.
February 2, 2022
We are really sorry for the trouble and we appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. We will look into this further!
Jason Keller
December 3, 2021
Update to original post.. I'm having major problems listening to WBEZ through the app. It cuts out or just does the evil spin of buffering. I'm on a Samsung Z Fold 3 and have full 5G service. I don't have anything running in the background. I love WBEZ and am even considering being a member but I need the app to work. I don't want to use another app to listen. For the national programs I will stick with Michigan Radio which doesn't seem to have the steaming issue
12 people found this review helpful
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Chicago Public Media, Inc.
November 23, 2021
Hi Jason, we will take these feature requests into account as we continue to improve the app. Thank you for taking out the time to send us your suggestions!

What's new

Listen to WBEZ, NPR, Reset, Motive Nerdette, and story highlights in our improved Browse Screen.