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The Brian Noonan Pocast from Chicago's WGN Radio 720.




Elysabeth Alfano: Why the Arnold Schwarzenegger produced doc “The Game Changers” will change the way you think about eating meat

Plant-based reporter & host of “Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano Podcast” Elysabeth Alfano joins Brian Noonan (in for the Roe Conn Show w/Anna Davlantes) to talk about the James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lewis Hamilton, and Jackie Chan produced documentary “The Game Changers” and the exponential growth of the plant-based diet movement.


Brian Noonan Show 8/11/19: Underground Donut Tour, must-see theatre, and Ravinia

Brian and the crew talk about Gen Con and strategy board games, small theatre productions, and the Ravinia Festival. Plus: learn how to join one of Chicago’s Underground Donut Tours, and where you can see a free concert from Broadway in Chicago at Millennium Park! Brian opens the show by welcoming his producer Cody Gough back from Gen Con. Cody talks about downtown Indianapolis, a few of his favorite strategy board games, and some of the other highlights of the […]


‘Come From Away’ is worth every minute! “Bow Tie Theatre Reviews”

Brian Noonan recently saw the theatrical performance of ‘Come From Away’. From the music, to the acting, to the sets Brian breaks it all down and gives his verdict! The show is at the Cadillac Palace Theatre now through August 18, 2019.


Here is how you can enjoy a beer and support The Trotter Project!

Brian Noonan welcomes Derrek Hull from the Trotter Project, and Trevor Rose-Hamblin from Old Irving Brewing join the show. The Trotter Project and Old Irving Brewing are working together for a fundraiser for the organization. The Trotter Project is Chef Charlie Trotter’s philosophical legacy. A philosophy which embodies the idea that excellence and purpose are best achieved through service to others. They open doors through education, mentorship, and the pursuit of excellence in the global...


Brian Noonan Show 08/04/19: Review of ‘Come From Away’ and traveling alone

Another week and another jam packed show Brian has in store for you! Coming off a violent weekend across the country, with mass shootings in El Paso Texas, Dayton Ohio and here in Chicago, Brian Noonan takes listener calls to discuss the impact the violence has on the country. Including a surprise caller from here in the city. Have you ever traveled the country or a different country alone? Chicago Tribune columnist Randi Shaffer joins Brian in studio discuss her […]


Randi Shaffer describes how traveling alone can be an unexpected blast!

Brian Noonan invites Randi Shaffer who wrote a great article in the Chicago Tribune about traveling alone. Shaffer recently just returned from Germany, and describes how when she returned she “came back from that trip feeling completely fulfilled.” She also gives Brian some great tips on traveling, and what resources you can use to make your experience go smoothly. It’s a great conversation! Have you ever traveled alone for vacation?


Brian Noonan Show 7/28/19: New trends and young scientist innovations

In this jam-packed episode, Brian talks about unexpected encounters with strangers and some changing trends among high schoolers. He also talks to Emilia Dobek, Illinois’ 3M Young Scientist Challenge State Merit Winner, about the scientific innovations she’s come up with — as a middle schooler! Brian opens the show by talking about an encounter with a toddler in a craft store, which left him feeling uneasy about how strangers see you. Are you ever surprised by how people perceive you […]


Teatro ZinZanni presents Love, Chaos and Dinner: Brian Noonan’s “Bow Tie Theatre Review”

Brian presents his “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Teatro ZinZanni presents Love, Chaos & Dinner, playing at the Spiegeltent ZaZou inside the Cambria Hotel (32 W. Randolph). Tickets are on sale for performances through September 29. Listen and learn why Brian strongly recommends this unique experience!


Les Misérables and Cats “Bow Tie Theatre Reviews”

Brian Noonan and Cody Gough present their “Bow Tie Theatre Reviews” of Broadway in Chicago’s productions of Les Misérables and Cats. Les Misérables is playing through July 27, 2019, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, and Cats is playing through August 4, 2019, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Brian raves about Les Misérables and Cody raves about Cats, and they’ll help you understand which show you should see if you had to pick between the two.


Michael Osacky appraises sports memorabilia with Brian Noonan

Appraiser Michael Osacky from Baseball in the Attic joins Brian in-studio to talk about sports memorabilia collecting. He discusses some of the factors that give an item value, and appraises items from listeners based on descriptions and photos. You can also meet Michael Osacky at the 40th National Sports Collectors Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, July 31-August 4, 2019.


Beers with “stuff added to them” reviewed on “At the Breweries”

Learn about beers with “stuff added to them,” whether that means fruit flavors or anything else, from Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers and Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana. They join Brian in-studio to educate and entertain in this edition of “At the Breweries.” Beers featured in their discussion: Pineapple Bling Belgian style golden brewed with pineapple juice, orange zest, and lime; Jungle Boogie pale wheat ale with rooibos tea; Cup O’ Beer ramen noodle flavor beer; Summerly...


Brian Noonan Show 7/21/19: Theatre reviews, sports memorabilia, and “At the Breweries”

In this jam-packed episode, Brian talks about buying mattresses, reviews Les Misérables and Cats, gets some help appraising sports memorabilia with Michael Osacky, and reviews beers with John Carruthers and Jesse Valenciana. Brian opens the show by talking about buying his first new mattress in more than 15 years. He and his producer Cody Gough talk about ordering mattresses online, testing mattresses in-store, and buying used mattresses. Then, Brian and Cody present their “Bow Tie Theatre...


Brian Noonan Show 7/7/19: Irish Fest, Goombay Bash, and fireworks in Chicago

Brian welcomes guests to discuss the upcoming Irish American Heritage Festival and Goombay Bash events. Plus: what to do with fireworks in Chicago! Brian kicks off the show by talking about the beautiful weather in Chicago this weekend and how he’s adjusting to the Chicago bag tax now that he’s a resident of the city proper. His producer Cody also talks about his adventures at the Chicago Michelada Festival in Pilsen over the weekend and recommending that everyone pick up […]


Brian Noonan Show | 06.28-29.19 | Irish Fest, Scooters, LIVE band and more

Tonight with Brian Noonan: Host Brian Noonan kicks off the show after a White Sox victory with President of the Irish American Heritage Center of the in preparation for the Irish Fest and all the fun details. For more information on the Irish Fest visit What are your thoughts on the recent scooter pilot program in Chicago? Brian discusses the details of the program and what to expect. Plus, Irish band St. Stephan’s Green who will perform during Irish […]


Brian Noonan Show 6/23/19: American pale ale, Schwarzbier, and Barleywine beer reviews on “At the Breweries”

Brian describes his experience seeing the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field over the weekend, then presents another edition of the monthly beer segment “At the Breweries” with friends from Goose Island Brewery and Revolution Brewing. Brian kicks off the show with a story about his seemingly never-ending move into a new house, as well as his review of the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field. He also has his producer, Cody Gough, explain why he turned down a ticket to see […]


Brian Noonan Show 6/16/19: Social media anxiety, animal welfare, and live Irish music

In this jam-packed Father’s Day episode, Brian’s daughter joins him in-studio along with several special guests. Learn about how to protect your mental health from social media and how you can get involved with a new campaign to help dogs in need. Then: hear live Irish music in-studio! Brian opens the show with a fun Father’s Day conversation with his daughter Molly, who is visiting the studio from out of town, and with fellow father Roger Badesch. Mental health professional […]


Brian Noonan Show 6/9/19: Chicago Michelada Fest and Ribfest Chicago in-studio

Summer is finally here, and that means festivals! Brian welcomes guests in-studio to discuss Chicago Michelada Fest 2019, then welcomes even more guests to talk Ribfest! Plus: how to get rid of mosquitoes with Skrillex (yes, you read that right). Brian opens the show by explaining how Skrillex can help you get rid of mosquitoes. Seriously — it’s science! Then, Grass Root Events Director of Operations Fernando Nieto and Javier Garcia from Big Mich join Brian in-studio to discuss Chicago […]


Brian Noonan Show 6/2/19: 8th grade “promotions,” the OK sign, and Hamilton: The Exhibition

Brian discusses and debates graduation or “promotion” ceremonies in grade school and in middle school and the power of the OK hand sign. Rep. Ann Williams also checks in with an update on the latest in Illinois politics, and Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis about Hamilton: The Exhibition. Brian opens the show by discussing 5th and 8th grade “promotions,” or graduations, and why some people are taking these milestones a little too seriously. Cody Gough, his producer,...


3rd Annual Friday Night Flights Featuring Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Executive Director Danielle D’Alessandro

Executive Director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Danielle D’Alessandro joins Brian Noonan to discuss the 3rd annual Chicago Friday Night Flights. The 2019 kick-off event happens this Friday at Gallagher Way, featuring 32 of Chicago finest breweries. D’Alessandro recounts the time on WGN radio how she ran into former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel at lunch. Danielle mentioned to Emanuel how she understood he wanted to celebrate all the amazing breweries in Chicago, D’Alessandro said: ”...


Aleman Brewing Company “American renditions of traditional beer styles” with Brian Noonan

American renditions of traditional beer styles, putting its definitive stamp on each beer through effective use of complementary adjunct flavors (Wheat Ale with Fresh Lemonthyme, Brown Ale with Salted Caramel, etc.) is what Aleman Brewing Company stands by. Joining Brian is Owner of Aleman Brewing Brad Zeller. The company is a living, breathing Voltron of strengths, opinions, and experiences. Aleman Brewing is governed by the urban hustle and corn-fed integrity of our sweet home, Chicago....