Hear Something New. 

Happenstance was a Chicago media startup from 2015-2019. We aimed to create a mobile app that changed 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 weren’t a tour. We weren’t a news app. 

We were the new form of timeless audio journalism.

 While we couldn’t achieve our ultimate goal, we have made our mini-podcasts available for listening below. Thanks for everything, Chicago! We hope you enjoy!

Voted one of the top three exhibiting companies at Chicago’s 2018 FUND Conference and featured in The Startup Magazine!

Hear Our Stories!

Click on the map points below to start listening to our stories (aka Haps)! During our time together, we produced 85 Haps featuring more than 50 Chicago people and places, primarily in the River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast neighborhoods! 

We’ll be adding and swapping out Haps over the the next few weeks, so make sure to listen before they’re gone!

P.S. Don’t miss our Hap on the Southwest Side! Zoom out on the map to see it!

Featured Stories

What Can I Hear? 

We scoured Chicago to find as many little-known stories as we could! Below are the topics our stories usually cover. 








Meet the team bringing the stories of Chicago to life. 

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Stephanie Choporis
Co-Founder + Managing Editor

Kathy Bartlett
Co-Founder + CEO

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