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    Things you do at restaurants that are actually rude

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021

    Marianne, Bob's wife and founder of Savvy-Planet, joined Bob to share some of the things that customers do to be polite that are actually rude. For example: do not wait until the end of your meal to split the check, tell the server while you’re ordering. Marianne joins Bob for a weekly segment following the 8:30am […]

    The Beat Cop's Guide to kale and vegan cupcakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021

    Lieutenant David Haynes, a police officer who works on the North Side of the city, made his weekly visit to the WGN Radio studios and the Bob Sirott Morning Show. Lt. Haynes, who co-authored “The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats,” brought in vegan donuts from Smack Dab on 6730 N Clark. The Lieutenant reviewed […]

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Will Ferrell turned down $29 million for an ‘Elf' sequel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021

    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Todd Rundgren is skipping his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Will Ferrell turned down a sequel to Elf in which he would have made $29 Million. Plus, Dean shared his weekend entertainment picks!

    Extremely Local News: Bronzeville Historical Society celebrating a grand opening in Parkway Ballroom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021

    Shamus Toomey, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest Chicago neighborhood stories. Shamus shared details on: Historical Terra Cotta Removed And Thrown Out From Protected Rogers Park Building, Leading To Stop Work Order– City officials say workers removed historical facade features from the 1912 movie house […]

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/29/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021

    On October 29th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Personal income and spending figures for September

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Latest news on the Rust shooting, ‘Lightyear' controversy, and much more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment including the latest news from the set of Rust, the controversy over the new actor voicing Buzz Lightyear in the new ‘Lightyear’ movie, and the Music Box Theatre’s double feature.

    David Hochberg: The safety net for forbearance is gone

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

      Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joined Bob Sirott to share his knowledge on the one million homeowners still in forbearance, what that means for the housing market, rising interest rates, and a promotion for our veterans with mobility issues sustained while in service to our country. Listen to David every Saturday. He […]

    Support for family-owned Halloween business

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

    Director of Strategy and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, Jen Sabella, joins Bob Sirott this morning to talk about news around the city, including how family-owned Chicago Costume got support from locals after a national Halloween chain puts a billboard in front of its store and a new Italian restaurant opening in Humboldt Park.

    BBB's Steve Bernas: Following text links could get you into trouble

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

    President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Steve Bernas joins Bob Sirott on the show this morning to help listeners with some tips for the upcoming holidays. Product shortages will increase holiday online shopping scams. Considering a vehicle service contract? A BBB study shows complaints about the industry are on the rise, and ticket […]

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/28/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

    On October 28th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Q3 GDP growth Weekly look at first time claims for unemployment benefits Pending home sales for September

    Infectious disease specialist Dr. Aileen Marty on if there will be another COVID surge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021

    Dr. Aileen Marty, Infectious Disease Specialist & Professor at Florida International University, joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest health news. Dr. Marty shares her thoughts on whether there will be another surge in COVID cases due to people who are unvaccinated. Dr. Marty also provides updates on the COVID cases in the UK […]

    Attorney Karen Conti discusses the Alec Baldwin shooting and Kyle Rittenhouse case

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021

    Karen Conti, attorney at ContiLaw, joined Bob Sirott to discuss the latest with the Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting and Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Karen also talks about the Senate hearing about child safety on social media, and later shares a legal-related Halloween story.

    Trash or treasure: What is Tom Brady's 600th touchdown ball worth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021


    AU Sports is Chicagoland's oldest sports memorabilia store. Owner Scott Beatty joined Bob Sirott to discuss what he thinks the Tom Brady 600th touchdown ball is worth, and whether the buyer who spent nearly $1.5 million on a pair of Michael Jordan’s shoes overpaid. Scott also takes calls from listeners and shares feedback on their sports […]


    Extremely Local News: Grub infestation closes Welles Park until next year

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021

    Shamus Toomey, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest Chicago neighborhood stories. Shamus shared information on: Welles Park Grub Infestation Will Shut Down Youth Sports Until At Least Next Summer, Parent Group Says Treatments of the ball fields will start at Welles this week and as […]

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Succession renewed, Adele tops the charts, and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021


    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Adele’s first song in five years goes number 1 and she announces concert dates, Bill Murray reveals he will be in an upcoming Marvel movie, “Succession” is renewed for another season, Dean cooks, and more!


    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/27/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021

    On October 27th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Durable goods orders for September Pending home sales index Q3 GDP

    Wolf Point: A Chicago-based detective novel by Dr. Ian Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021

    Dr. Ian Smith joins Bob Sirott this morning to promote his new book, ‘Wolf Point,’ the second installment of the suspense-filled series about an ex-cop turned private investigator who seeks to fight corruption on the streets of Chicago.  Bob also asks Dr. Smith about some new studies regarding baby aspirin, lower sodium levels, and plant-based […]

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: ‘Rust' shooting development, Dave Chappelle comments, Chance the Rapper's new mansion, and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021

    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Dean breaks down the shooting on the set of the film Rust, Dave Chappelle’s comments to the criticism about his special ‘The Closer’, and Paul McCartney won’t sign autographs anymore but would rather exchange stories.

    Social media strategist Scott Kleinberg: New desktop features for Instagram and comments on the Facebook Files

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021

    Social media strategist and expert Scott Kleinberg joins Bob Sirott this morning to tell us about the new desktop features for Instagram, Tik Tok user studies, and the latest details on the Facebook Files.

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/26/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021

    On October 26th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Case Shiller Home Price Index U.S. Home Price Index New home sales for September

    Scenic fall getaways close to home

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021

    Karla Flannery, the Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Tourism, joins Bob to give us a little bit of knowledge about some getaways close to home that you can easily visit with the remaining time left this fall. Some spots include Galena’s Arrowhead Treehouse, Shawnee National Forest, and Fright Fest at Six Flags.

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Beloved singer Jay Black passes, Ed Sheeran gets COVID-19, and the weekend box office report

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021


    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Dean gives us the scoop on Ed Sheeran’s diagnosis with Covid-19, the death of Jay Black from Jay and The Americans, Vin Diesel’s walk down the aisle with Paul Walker’s daughter, and the box office results over the weekend.


    Author Peter Shea joins Bob Sirott to talk about his ‘Monumental' new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021

    Joining Bob Sirott this morning is Peter Shea, author of ‘In the Arena: A History of American Presidential Hopefuls’. Shea is an education professional and devoted history geek who lives in the Greater Boston area. This is the second work with which he has collaborated with photographer Tom Maday, a Chicago-based photographer. The book’s inspiration […]

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: The latest on the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on set the set of ‘Rust'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021

    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Dean talks about Alec Baldwin and the prop firearm that he fired which killed a crew member. Dean and Bob also talk about new movies: Dune, Ron’s Gone Wrong, and more.

    Objects your kids don't want

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021

    Marianne, Bob's wife and founder of Savvy-Planet, joined Bob to share the things that kids don’t want from their parents. Are the postcards, suitcases, and porcelain figurines really valuable to your children? Marianne tells Bob who really wants those items. Marianne joins Bob for a weekly segment following the 8:30 am newscast. For more savvy tips, […]

    Inventing Improv: a Chicago Stories Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021


    Bob Sirott was joined by Jude Leak, writer and director of Inventing Improv. The documentary focuses on Viola Spolin and how she created improv techniques to break down cultural and communication barriers. The documentary includes clips of Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and more in action during their time in Chicago. Inventing Improv: a […]


    Extremely Local News: ZooLights returns next month at Lincoln Park Zoo — And tickets are available now

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021

    Shamus Toomey, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest Chicago neighborhood stories. Shamus shared details on: ZooLights Returns Next Month At Lincoln Park Zoo — And Tickets Are Available Now– Tickets for ZooLights went on sale Thursday for Lincoln Park Zoo members. Sales will open to […]

    The Beat Cop's Guide to Southern comfort and sweets

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021

    Lieutenant David Haynes, a police officer who works on the North Side of the city, made his weekly visit to the WGN Radio studios and the Bob Sirott Morning Show. Lt. Haynes, who co-authored “The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats,” reviewed Pearl’s Place Restaurant. Located at 3901 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago, the restaurant serves […]

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/22/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021

    On October 22nd, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers October market manufacturing PMI Market services PMI for October

    Infectious disease specialist Dr. Aileen Marty says data supports mixing COVID vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    Dr. Aileen Marty, Infectious Disease Specialist & Professor at Florida International University, joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest health news. Dr. Marty shares the data that backs up mixing COVID vaccines, and answers questions regarding the COVID vaccine for those with antibodies.

    Your Hometown: The Arboretum of South Barrington is a destination for dining, shopping and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    Marketing Manager for the Arboretum of South Barrington, Stacy Kallas, joined Bob Sirott to share what the the Arboretum of South Barrington has to offer. From dining to shopping to entertainment, the Arboretum has you covered!

    Better Business Bureau: With the holiday season around the corner, be on the lookout for online shopping scams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    Steve Bernas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau, joined Bob Sirott to talk about online shopping scams. Plus charity fraud awareness week, and why identity theft is on the rise.

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Jesse Spencer leaves ‘Chicago Fire,' Jack Nicholson courtside, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Jesse Spencer leaves ‘Chicago Fire’ after 10 years, Jack Nicholson was courtside at the Lakers game Tuesday for the first time in two years, Dr. Dre served divorce papers at his grandmother’s funeral, Olivia Newton John’s celebrates the 40th […]

    Extremely Local News: Hear real Chicago-based ghost stories on the Bloomingdale Trail Ghost Tour

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    Jen Sabella, the Director of Strategy and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to share details on the the latest Chicago neighborhood news: Hear Real Chicago Ghost Stories On Bloomingdale Trail's Self-Guided Ghost Train Tour The 606 will feature 15 “ghost train stops” where visitors can scan a QR code to listen to an […]

    Your Hometown: President of the Village of Barrington, Karen Darch

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    Karen Darch, President of the Village of Barrington, joined Bob Sirott to share how the Barrington community stayed connected through the pandemic. President Darch also talked about the improving quality of life and the flourishing business scene.

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/21/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    On October 21st, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Weekly reported on first-time claims for unemployment benefits Existing homes sales for September

    What to know about the latest products from Apple and Google

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021

    Technology journalist Andy Ihnatko, who used to write for the Chciago Sun Times, joined Bob Sirott to share his thoughts on the handful of products Apple released earlier this week including the new AirPods, MacBook Pros, colorful HomePod Minis. Later on, Andy talked about the Pixel 6 phone that Google debuted yesterday.

    Attorney Karen Conti explains Chicago Police Officers not getting the vaccine from a legal perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021

    Karen Conti, attorney at ContiLaw, joined Bob Sirott to discuss Chicago Police Officers not getting the vaccine. Do they have a legitimate argument? What does this mean for the city and the families of police officers and more.

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Netflix CEO admits he goofed in handling of Dave Chappelle controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021


    Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos admits he goofed in his handling of the Dave Chappelle controversy, Travis Tritt cancels concerts over vaccine requirements, and Meghan McCain explains why she left ‘The View’. Dean also shared his review of Lady Gaga […]


    Extremely Local News: Massive redevelopment coming to the Southwest Side

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021

    Shamus Toomey, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to talk about the latest Chicago neighborhood stories. Shamus shared information on: Major Development With 700 Units, Grocery Store And More Could Spark Change On Southwest Side, Alderman Says Developers are set to get the city’s OK for a massive redevelopment of […]

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/20/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021

    On October 20th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Weekly report on mortgage interest rates and loan applications Fed Beige Book

    Jeremy Colliton believes his team will bounce back in front of home crowd

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021

    Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton joined Bob Sirott to talk about how he is happy to return to the United Center with fans in the stands. Coach Colliton also talks about how he expects his team to bounce back after a slow start to the season. Later on he shares his thoughts on Center […]

    Social media strategist Scott Kleinberg: Tips on how to deal with misinformation on social media

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021

    Social media strategist Scott Kleinberg joined Bob Sirott to talk about how to deal with misinformation on social media. Scott also answers this week’s genius bar question and listener questions!

    Senior VP at Kingsview Wealth Management Paul Nolte: What to look for in earnings reports

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021

    Paul Nolte, Senior VP at Kingsview Wealth Management, joined Bob Sirott to discuss what he is looking for in the earnings reports coming out this week, rent is on the rise, looking into converting your IRA to a Roth, and more!

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: Eternals premiere review

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021

    With WGN's entertainment reporter Dean Richards out, Sam Rubin, who covers the same beat for KTLA, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. He shared his review of the premiere of ‘Eternals’, and talked about the Munster movie reboot, Mel Brooks new sequel to ‘History of the World’, and Mel Gibson starring […]

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/19/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021

    On October 19th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Housing starts for September Quarterly earnings from Netflix

    Dr. Kevin Most: ‘Get your vaccine now, if you're eligible for your booster, get your booster'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021

    Dr. Kevin Most, Chief Medical Officer at Northwestern Medicine's Central DuPage Hospital, joined Bob Sirott to share details about the effectiveness of the combinations of original vaccines with the boosters, e.g., If you got the Pfizer vaccine, what booster should you get? What about Moderna? Dr. Most went on to break down all of the […]

    Travel expert Peter Greenberg's solution to high airfares

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021

    The host of ‘Eye on Travel’, Peter Greenberg, joined Bob Sirott to share the latest in travel news and provide tips for those who might be traveling soon, as well as during the upcoming holiday season. Peter talked about how to deal with flight cancellations, rising airfares and a potential solution for them.

    Dean Richards' Entertainment Report: IATSE strike, box office results, remembering Betty Lynn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021

    With WGN’s entertainment reporter Dean Richards out, Sam Rubin, who covers the same beat for KTLA, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. He shared details IATSE strike, box office results, as well as a few celebrity deaths.

    ‘The place where WGN Radio first went on the air': The Edgewater Beach Hotel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021

    John Holden, author of ‘Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel’, joined Bob Sirott to discuss some of the points that he covers in his book: Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel. The hotel’s rich history included a numbers of ‘firsts’, such as the first indoor parking garage, and it was the original home of WGN Radio. The building was […]

    Associated Bank Market Outlook: 10/18/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021

    On October 18th, 2021, Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers Industrial production for September October housing index

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