Happenstance is a mobile app that changes Chicago media as we know it – by spontaneously delivering little-known mini-podcasts about people and places throughout the city directly to users as they go about their daily routines.
We’re not a tour. We’re not a news app.
We’re the new form of timeless audio journalism.
Choose what kind of stories you’d like to hear from our editorial pillars: arts, food, landmarks and sports. If you love food but hate sports, no problem! Hear the unique stories (we lovingly call them Haps) about Chicago that are specific to your selected tastes.
Our Haps are limited to a one-mile radius, encouraging you to explore new areas of the city and see what other stories are hiding just around the corner.
That’s it!! Happenstance runs in the background, so just walk about your day and you’ll receive a push notification whenever one of our Haps is nearby. Just listen, learn and share! Our content is all exclusive to our library, created by us or for us by one of our awesome neighborhood content partners.
Feeling a little curious about what you might hear on our app? Listen to this sample Hap to get a taste!
We’re scouring Chicago to find every little-known story we can find, but it’s a big city! We’re always looking to hear what’s going on in your neighborhood! Just send us your idea. For guidelines, below are the topics we usually cover.
Meet the team bringing the stories of Chicago to life.
Co-Founder + Managing Editor
Co-Founder + CEO