Chicago's NPR News Station

Chicago Public Media, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 465 Ratings
    • Free



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.

What’s New

Version 9.2.10

Maintenance release aimed at ensuring your experience with our app remains top-notch. This update brings you the latest upgrades and optimizations.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
465 Ratings

465 Ratings

i dont pay fees ,

Ad stopping stream fixed! Great app!

Update- thanks so much for fixing the issue I noted below. After working with your new app, I see that it is indeed a great update with many new features we didn’t have before. Thanks so much for your work!

So far, I prefer the other app because it was easier to navigate and cleaner visually. The new version is very granular, but I can see the benefits of it. Please add a fix or feature that allows the stream to continue after the initial WBEZ announcement. Right now, I have to hit play twice . Thanks!

Developer Response ,

Hi, thank you for your feedback, our newest version 9.0.25 should address the issue that you have been experiencing. Please upgrade the app and if you are still having an issue email us at webmaster@wbez.org.

pyrty22 ,

Excellent news with a broad scope

Once upon a time, before digital took over, I relied upon the Chicago Tribune. I had time to read it. Now, our news sources and time is sparse. I don’t like the death of radio, either. When I lived in the south side of Chicago, we had poor digital connections, obviously due to racism. I needed a radio to hear the news. Now I am back on the north side and can connect. Why must we rely on digital?!
I appreciate learning about multi-faceted issues, and much more.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you are enjoying the app!

NPR super user ,

Poor UX, Invasive to phone usage

The new app is disappointing. Knowing I’d have an aversion to the known comforts of the old version - being someone who’s used it daily for 4+ years - I wanted to give it some time (month+) and despite trying for an open mind it’s hard not to feel the app was not only developed by folks who didn’t use the app, but it’s also absent basic developer app considerations & standards for users:

1. The app audio does not stop when I answer phone calls which is extraordinarily disruptive and dangerous if a call were an emergency. At a minimum it’s disorienting and creates unprofessional chaos on ad hoc work calls.

2. I cannot use my phone video function while using the app. It blocks/glitches the record button.

3. Audio does not stop playing when I take my headphones out out of the jack.

4. Navigating to previous hours to listen or view what’s upcoming used to be a simple swipe on a carousel. Now it’s a confusing series of unnecessary swipes with things nested nonsensically in various submenus. Sad UX.

5. Still no ability to stream to a bluetooth speaker.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to compile this feedback. I will make sure to share it with our team. If you are open to having a longer conversation about the app, please reach out to us at webmaster@wbez.org, we would love to explore this more with you.

App Privacy

The developer, Chicago Public Media, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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