Tickets to performances of this three night festival must be purchased individually. See the schedules for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday below -- each night contains different shows.
Steppenwolf started in a basement and many of your favorite podcasts did too. This three-night live podcast festival features the best of local Chicago-made shows. Each night will spotlight three unique live podcasts, plus a DJ and games between the shows and, of course, your favorite alcoholic beverages.
You've heard of Serial, This American Life and maybe even Another Round (if you're EXTRA COOL), but how are you on shows made in your own town? This festival celebrates the podcast form, while also shining a light on the Chicago artists and producers making shows right here in your backyard.
A ticket to one night of performance entitles you to three live shows that evening, plus a live DJ, games in-between the performances and, of course, easy access to the bar!
Curated and produced by Tyler Greene, who produces live events for WBEZ and The Moth, as well as serves as Assistant House Manager for Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!
Sounds Like Chicago is sponsored by Shure.
Monday, August 15th - Inner Nerds & Demons
Wrestling w/ Depression : Interviews by comic Marty DeRosa with fellow comedians, wrestlers, and performers, reconciling the creative process with the daily struggle of depression. SPECIAL GUEST: Comic Dan Friesen
Nerdette: From WBEZ Chicago and co-hosted by Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda, this show features interviews with your favorite authors, artists, astronauts and more. It's a safe space for nerding out about things you love the most. SPECIAL GUESTS: Scientist Dr. Eugenia Cheng and Director of Science at Argonne Katherine Riley.
Tuesday, August 16th – Fantasy Lands
Tell Me I'm Funny!: Hosted by Peter Bresnan, this is a new podcast series that follows his attempts to succeed as a stand-up comedian, presented as candidly as possible, good jokes and bad ones.
PleasureTown: From WBEZ Chicago, this is sprawling audio fiction about a hedonistic town in early 20th century Oklahoma.
Hello from the Magic Tavern!: Host Arnie Niekamp fell through a portal behind a Burger King into the magical land of Foon. Luckily he had his podcasting gear on him...
Wednesday, August 17th – Tech, Food & Art
Open Ended: Hosted by best friends Cher Vincent, a science educator, and James T. Green, an artist/designer, this show is a weekly dive into tech news and code, to code-switching and gender.
Chewing Hosted by Chicago Tribune’s Louisa Chu and WBEZ Chicago’s Monica Eng, this is a food podcast that covers the gamut of the food world through interviews, features and fun disagreements. SPECIAL GUEST: Alinea's Chef Grant Achatz
Performance Anxiety: Hosted by Sounds Like Chicago curator Tyler Greene, this brand new show premiers live in front of you! It's a podcast about the voices in our heads; the good, the bad and the ugly. You'll hear stories and conversations about those who survive, thrive and work within the light and dark sides of our minds. SPECIAL GUEST: Che "Rhymefest" Smith
All guests and shows subject to change.
Sounds Like Chicago: A Live Podcast Festival is a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - a new multi-genre performance series, presenting a wide variety of work, coming from a diverse array of voices, artists emerging and established alike.