OTL: Episode #341- Parking Ticket Geek update, Where is Mike’s tie?, John Wayne Gacy’s Other Victims

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 “where is my tie?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets an update on local transportation issues from the Parking Ticket Geek, wonders if he’ll ever get his tie back from John Berka, and learns about a blog covering the re-opened John Wayne Gacy investigation.   The Parking Ticket Geek– Official OTL parking correspondent and blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com We get the latest on local transportation issues from The Geek himself.   Will Mike ever get his tie back? – An update from last week Last week John Berka of Group Mind Films admitted to holding on to Mike’s necktie for two years.  He even got married while wearing it.  We get an update on the location of the infamous tie and hear about a sad taqueria closing in Edgewater.       Mike’s tie     Alison True– Creator of the John Wayne Gacy’s Other Victims blog We learn about this blog that chronicles on the ongoing investigation into other victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. John Wayne Gacy   OTL #341 local music provided by The Kickback…  

OTL Radio #340- The Pierogi Wagon comes to Chicago, What’s new with Group Mind Films, Chi-Town Clown

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 “yummy pierogi” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews the arrival of The Pierogi Wagon in Chicago, Gets an update about Group Mind Films, and leans about the Chi-Town Clown group.   Damian Warzecha– Co-owner of The Pierogi Wagon Coming in May look for The Pierogi Wagon to hit the Chicago streets.  We get a preview of the wagon and learn how to contribute through their Kickstarter page.   John Berka – Managing partner of Group Mind Films This Chicago-based production company has lots going on, including the release of a film and important philanthropy work in Uganda.  We get the lowdown.           Dean Evans– Artistic director of Chi-Town Clown Did you know that Chicago has a strong clown community?  We learn about this group that encompasses all types of local clown performance.     OTL #340 local music provided by Dead Native…  

OTL: Episode #339- A year without buying anything update, Connecting the Near North Side, Uncontested elections in 2013

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 “connecting Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen checks in with a Chicagoan who isn’t purchasing anything for a year, discusses bringing together the Near North Side, and analyzes the number of uncontested elections in Cook Co.   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 check in with him to see how it’s going so far.   Abu Ansari – Content manager of connectnearnorth.org Randall Blakey- Facilitator of the Near North Unity Program The Near North neighborhood has gone through many changes over the years.  We learn about efforts to bring that community closer together through local social programs and technology.           Patrick McCraney– Investigator at the Better Government Association Recently Patrick wrote this article talking about how Cook County voters aren’t facing many candidate choices in elections.  He joins us to explain his analysis.       OTL #339 local music provided by The Chandeliers…  

OTL: Episode #338- Chicago Architecture Club, Serious Eats Chicago, The City Life Supplement’s Steppenwolf show

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 “city life supplement” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the prez of the Chicago Architecture Club, Learns about the Serious Eats Chicago website, and previews tonight’s The City Life Supplement show at The Steppenwolf Garage Theater.   Brian Strawn – Co-president of the Chicago Architecture Club Chicagoans have a chance to help design bus rapid transit stations through a contest the CAC is presenting.  We learn about that contest and the rich history of the club.   Nick Kindelsperger– Editor of Serious Eats Chicago We learn about this great website that celebrates local food.  From sandwiches to ethnic meals, this blog covers it all.   Photo courtesy of Serious Eats Chicago.       Matt Lyle– Head writer and host of The City Life Supplement podcast This live show that’s also distributed as a podcast is described as a metropolitan “A Prairie Home Companion” and it’s all about life in Chicago.  You can attend the next performance Thursday, April 4th, at the Steppenwolf Garage Rep Theater (1624 N. Halsted).       OTL #338 local music provided by Paper Thick Walls…