OTL: Episode #266- A new way to find parking, Beer Hoptacular, Reeling Film Fest turns 30

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “hoptacular” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a new way to reserve parking in Chicago, previews the Beer Hoptacular, and talks to the director of the Reeling Film Fest about it’s 30th anniversary in the city.   Mark Lawrence— Co-Founder of SpotHero.com This site allows you to reserve a parking space in Chicago before you even leave your house!  We get the details from Mark this week.  (NOTE: this segment originally aired on OTL #257, but since a guest bailed on Mike at the last minute we’re re-airing this interview.)     T.J. Annerino– Organizer of the Beer Hoptacular We get a preview of this must-attend event for every local beer lover that’s taking place on November 5th at the Aragon Ballroom.       Brenda Webb— Director of Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival It’s one of the most successful and long-running events around and it turns 30 this year.  We get the lowdown on another exciting year of this film fest.     OTL #266 local music provided by Suns…

OTL: Episode #265- Wood St. Police Station, Sustainable transportation, Inside Grand Bizzare Gallery

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “grand bizarre” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a resident about the possible closing of the Wood St. police station, chats about sustainable transportation with the co-founder of GridChicago.com, and travels to a new unique art gallery in Wicker Park.   Anne Shaw— Resident of Chicago Police District #13 In Mayor Emanuel’s proposed budget, three Chicago police stations are on the chopping block.  We visit the Wood St. station in the 13th District (Wicker Park/East Village) to hear from Anne, a concerned citizen.  She started on online petition to save the station here. The Wood St. Station (Photo courtesy of the EVA website)   Steven Vance– Co-Founder of GridChicago.com We hear about local sustainable transportation issues such as a proposed local bicycle sharing program and the state of the CTA Transit Tracker.       Justin Markin— Owner of the Grand Bizzare Art Gallery This new art gallery is described as an “anti-gallery” by its owner.  We visit the space at 1418 W. Division that is also his home. The Grand Bizzare Art Gallery at 1418 W. Division     OTL #265 local music provided by The Artist Formally Known As Vince…

OTL: Episode #264- FoodTruckFreak.com, CitySwarm Chicago update, Domestic abuse help in Chicagoland

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “food truck freak” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a local food truck freak, checks in with the founder of CitySwarm Chicago, and discusses domestic abuse in Chicagoland.   Alex Levine— Founder of FoodTruckFreak.com and LetThemCook.com If you’re into food trucks, you need to check out FTF.  We learn about the site and a new video project that lets YOU show your support for local food trucks.   Lindsay Saewitz– Founder of CitySwarm Chicago Mike originally talked with Lindsay on OTL #226 back in January.  We get an update on her business and what it’s like being a young entrepreneur in Chicago.     Dawn Dalton— Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Domestic violence is a serious concern in Chicagoland.  We discuss how the Network helps those affected by this kind of abuse.   OTL #264 local music provided by They All Have Legs…