OTL: Episode #511- Inside 2112, Chicago Free For All, Homegrown Arts and Music Fest preview

Mike Stephen talks with:   2112 director of strategic initiatives Amor Montes de Oca about the city’s premier arts business incubator, and with Fort Knox Studios founder and managing partner Dan Mahoney about the massive studio that’s changing the face of the local entertainment industry;   Chicago Free For All tour guide Lynn Neils about finding cool free stuff to do around the city… often at places where you wouldn’t expect it; and   Homegrown Arts and Music Festival organizer Aaron Williams about the 4th annual independent day-long celebration of music, art, and community in Lisle.   Meanwhile, we share some red light camera ticket advice received from The Expired Meter blogger The Parking Ticket Geek.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Jackson Mud.   OTL host Mike Stephen realizes his life-long dream of playing an actual Queensrÿche drum set at Fort Knox Studios on the northwest side of Chicago.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #510- Divvy bike equity, Legendary Dudas, The Secret History of Joe Daley

Mike Stephen talks with:   Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield about the Divvy bike sharing system investing in Chicago’s west and south sides via their Divvy for Everyone outreach effort;   Batavia-born multimedia writer Kevin Jakubowski about creating the live-action Legendary Dudas television show for Nickelodeon; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about free jazz pioneer saxman Joe Daley for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we update OTL #503 with the news that the Chicago City Council ruled to protect our urban coyotes.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by The Socialists.   OTL host Mike Stephen warms up for OTL #510 in a seventh floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #509- Chicago Monumental, The Chicago property tax makes some IL politicians richer, The North Branch Trail grows

Mike Stephen talks with:   local photographer Larry Broutman about Chicago Monumental, his new coffee table book tribute to the city’s monuments;   Illinois Policy Institute writer Austin Berg about the political twists and turns in Chicago’s property-tax hike; and   Forest Preserve District of Cook County general superintendent Arnold Randall about nature, cycling, wildlife, and the North Branch Trail System extension.   Meanwhile, we spread the word that Chicago street festivals are technically free!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by The Black Oil Brothers.   OTL host Mike Stephen may or may not have paid the donation at the gate to enter the Taste of Randolph festival back in 2008.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #508- New tobacco laws, Preserving Chicago bungalows, The Secret History of T.L. Barrett

Mike Stephen talks with:   Illinois Retail Merchants Association vice president Tanya Triche about how changes in Chicago’s tobacco-selling laws impact local businesses;   Historic Chicago Bungalow Association deputy director Gillian Wiescher about protecting and preserving an important part of the city’s architecture and character; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about influential gospel funk musician Pastor T.L. Barrett for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we aspire to build a better future by simply listening to each other.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by the ions.   OTL host Mike Stephen shows off an Outside the Loop Radio postcard made by our friends at BookClub Chicago.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.