OTL: Episode #381- Smart Chicago Collaborative’s open data project, Fleet Feet running events, The Steamroller comedy blog

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 “smart Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a big data project in Cook County, previews a few running events with the owner of Fleet Feet Sports, and talks Chicago comedy with the editor of The Steamroller blog.   Dan O’Neil– Executive Director of Smart Chicago Collaborative The SCC is partnering with Cook County to expand access to data that can have a positive impact in our daily lives.   Dave Zimmer – Owner and CEO of Fleet Feet Sports Chicago There are some fun local running events happening soon.  Dave gives us a preview and talks about Chicago’s running community.         Matt Byrne– Creator and Editor of The Steamroller We learn about this blog that covers the Chicago comedy scene.     OTL #381 local music provided by Carbon Tigers…  

OTL: Episode #380- Local booze & baseball, Biggest pothole contest, The City Life Supplement returns

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 “knowledge pothole” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks local booze and baseball, learns about the Bridgeport Citizens Group’s pothole contest, and previews The City Life Supplement podcast’s third season.   Josh Noel– Reporter for the Chicago Tribune Recently Josh worked on a project that documents the oral history of Wrigley Field.  We learn about that and hear about Josh’s latest reporting on the state of Malort. Mike Stephen hanging out outside of Wrigley Field before sipping Malort.       Dan Pugh – Director of the Bridgeport Citizens Group This time of year we see some pretty nasty potholes on our streets.  The Bridgeport Citizens Group is holding a contest to see who can find the biggest pothole.  We get the details.         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 at The Holiday Club on January 25th.     OTL #380 local music provided by Brother George…  

OTL: Episode #379- Begyle Brewing, Toons Wing Fling, Free Range Office

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 “fling the wing” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits Begyle Brewing, previews the Toons Wing Fling, and tours the Free Range Office space in Wicker Park.   Kevin Cary, Brendan Blume, and Matt Ritchy– Co-owners of Begyle Brewing We drop in this Chicago brewery and learn about their community supported brewing approach. Kevin, Matt, and Brendan at Begyle Brewing at 1800 W. Cuyler       Danny Beck – Owner of Toons Bar & Grill at 3857 N. Southport We get a preview of the Third Annual Wing Fling happening on Saturday, January 25th at 3pm!         Liane Jackson– Owner of the Free Range Office in Wicker Park If you’re an entrepreneur, startup, or small business and in need of a workspace, check out Free Range Office at 2141 W. North Ave.  We drop by to take a tour. A look inside Free Range Office     OTL #379 local music provided by Brontosaurus…  

OTL: Episode #378- Midwest Sweet Baking History, Winterize your car, Chicago Cabbie (Pin-up) Calendar

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 “sweet-baking” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen explores the Chicago history of making sweets, gets a few tips on how to keep our cars running in the winter, and discusses a new pinup calendar called the Chicago Cabbie Calendar.   Jenny Lewis– 5th generation Chicagoan, chef, author of Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics around Lake Michigan, and founder of Chicago Candy Tours Chicago has a rich history of sweet-making.  We explore that history and learn about Jenny’s Chicago Candy Tour program.         The Parking Ticket Geek – Blogger at The Expired Meter Chicago winters can be brutal on our cars.  The Geek provides some tips on how to protect your vehicle.         Melissa Callahan– Chicago cabbie and creator of the Chicago Cabbie Calendar This unique calendar that features real Chicago cabbies as pin-up models benefits the Cabbies For Justice legal fund.  We get the lowdown.     OTL #378 local music provided by BIG JOY…