OTL: Episode #329- Chicago TIF reform, Movers and Shakers in the local performing arts scene

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 “in a TIF” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks TIF reform with Tom Tresser and discusses the movers and shakers in Chicago’s performing arts scene. Tom Tresser– Educator, organizer, and co-founder of CivicLab TIF reform is an important topic and Tom is in the thick of it.  Check out tifreports.com and a public event at the Chopin Theater (1543 W. Division) on February 12th to learn more about how TIFs work.       Brian Hieggelke – Editor and publisher of NewCity Brian discusses NewCity’s Players 2013 List- The 50 People Who Really Perform in Chicago.     OTL #329 local music provided by The Jordan Years…  

OTL: Episode #328- The Salsa Truck, Wing Fling at Toons, A year without buying anything

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 “you don’t have to buy it” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits The Salsa Truck, previews Wing Fling at Toons Bar, and talks to the co-owner of a Portage Park thrift store who isn’t buying anything for the entire year (kind of). Dan Salls– Owner of The Salsa Truck and The Garage We learn about a new food truck in Chicago that specializes in salsa and go inside a new shared food truck kitchen in the West Loop.       Danny Beck – Owner of Toons Bar and Grill If you love chicken wings, then get to Toons for the 2nd annual Wing Fling this Saturday!  Danny gives us a preview.     Joe Basilone– Co-owner of Thrift & Thrive resale shop Could you go a whole year without buying anything?  That’s what Joe and his family are attempting in 2013.  We find out why.   OTL #328 local music provided by the BS Brass Band…  

OTL: Episode #327- The Beer Temple, Chicago Cable Cars

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 “craft” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits The Beer Temple, a new craft beer boutique on Elston and learns about Chicago’s cable car history. Chris Quinn– Owner, of The Beer Temple We go inside this new craft beer boutique in the Avondale neighborhood (3185 N. Elston).  Be sure to check out Chris’ great video podcast too!       Greg Borzo – Author, Chicago Cable Cars Chicago once had the largest cable car system in the world.  We learn about why it eventually went bust.     OTL #327 local music provided by Swearwords…  

OTL: Episode #326- Do the Right Thing Recycling, Participatory budgeting, Tax help for the self-employed

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 “do the right thing” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a local recycling advocacy organization, discusses participatory budgeting in Chicago, and previews a seminar aimed to help those who are self-employed with their taxes. Adam Goldstein– Founder of Do the Right Thing! Recycling We learn about this non-profit organization that educates Chicago’s residents about the positive environmental impact of recycling.       Maria Hadden – Project coordinator, Participatory Budgeting Chicago Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.  We get the lowdown of how this is happening in some Chicago neighborhoods.     Mare Swallow– Founder of the Chicago Writers Conference The CWC is hosting an event called “Taxes for the Self-Employed: Writers, Artists and Creative Types” on January 21 at Brasserie 54 (5420 N. Clark).   OTL #326 local music provided by Inkeepers…