OTL: Episode #302- Windy City Rib Classic preview, Chicago’s population grows, The Metro at 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 “BBQ” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews the Windy City Rib Classic, discusses the slight growth in Chicago’s population, and airs a conversation with Metro’s Joe Shanahan.   Gary Wiviott— Co-founder of the Windy City Rib Classic, Author of Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons An authentic BBQ competition comes to Chicago on August 12th.  We get the tasty details this week. Chicago’s population grows – According to this article on Crain’s Chicago Business website, Chicago’s population is finally growing.   Graphic courtesy of chicagobusiness.com   Joe Shanahan– Owner of Metro This year one of the best-known music venues in Chicago, Metro, turns 30.  Mike digs up an interview he did with Joe Shanahan from 2002 when the club turned 20.  We hear part of this interesting conversation. Joe Shanahan.  Photo courtesy of msn.com.   OTL #302 local music provided by Careful Q…  

OTL: Episode #301- Proposed Food Truck Ordinance analysis, The Best Taco Bell in Chicago?, New local transit app

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 “tacos rule” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the proposed local food truck ordinance, is amazed by such positive Yelp reviews for a local Taco Bell, and learns about a new Chicago transit app in development.   Alex Levine— Founder of FoodTruckFreak.com Next week the City Council will vote on the proposed food truck ordinance.  Alex gives us her analysis of this ordinance. The Best Taco Bell in Chicago? – Mike, who is not a fan of Taco Bell but loves Mexican food, reads through some amazingly positive reviews of the Taco Bell at 2575 N. Clybourn.     Sara Aye–  Research Director at Greater Good Studio Sara and her team are developing a new local transit app that involves community participation.  We get the lowdown this week.  Check out the project’s Kickstarter page HERE. OTL #301 local music provided by Unicycle Loves You…  

OTL: Episode #300- Art on (The El) Track, OTL’s 300th show, Lake Claremont Press covers Chicago

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 “30o is the new 50” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen celebrates the 300th episode of the show, learns about turning the El into an art gallery, airs a clip from Robert McChesney, and talks to the founder of Lake Claremont Press.   Tristan Hummel— Founder of Art on Track On September 22nd, a 6-car CTA El train will become a mobile art gallery.  We get a preview of the event this week.  You can check out the event’s Kickstarter page HERE. Robert McChesney – Media reformer, professor of communication at U of I, founder of FreePress Since this is OTL’s 300th show, we take a look back at Mike’s first interview on the program.  It’s a discussion about localism in our media.     Sharon Woodhouse–  Founder of Lake Claremont Press This local press has been publishing books on Chicago-specific topics since 1994.  They have a great body of work and we hear about the origins of this fantastic press. OTL #300 local music provided by Hollows…  

OTL: Episode #299- Getting around with Uber Chicago, Mike’s first Phish experience, Bucktown Tree & Garden Walk Preview

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 “Phishy” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a new transportation service in Chicago, recaps his first Phish experience, and previews the Bucktown Tree and Garden Walk.   Max Crowley— Community Manager of Uber Chicago Uber is your new on-demand private driver that can take you around the city.  We learn how this service works. Mike’s First Phish Concert – Last week Mike attended his first Phish concert.  He brought along his audio recorder and talked to some of the Phish phaithful before the show.   The Phish crowd at Alpine Valley   Sam Marts– Bucktown Tree & Garden Walk co-chair This fun event is happening July 14-15.  We get a preview this week. OTL #299 local music provided by Taught Abroad…