OTL: Episode #567- Chicago Fringe Fest, Bars of Chicago, Goodbye to Andy Hermann

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Fringe Festival executive director Anne Cauley about seeking out the weird and unique in the performing arts;   Bars of Chicago creator Katherine Hodges about Instagramming as many taverns as she can in the city and beyond; and   Outside the Loop co-founder Andy Hermann about leaving the city he’s called home for almost two decades.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who wishes Andy the best in New York City. (And don’t forget to take our listener survey!!)   This week’s local music is provided by Varsity.   OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann say goodbye after a 16-year professional and personal relationship.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #566- Rust Belt Chicago, The importance of high school libraries, The Secret History of Ritz

Mike Stephen talks with:   Belt Magazine senior editor Martha Bayne about collecting stories for the new book Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology;   Hinsdale South High School librarian Ellen Lawrence about the importance of libraries in high schools; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about arena-ready rockers Ritz for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we present the Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We’d love your feedback!   This week’s local music is provided by Kerosene Stars.   OTL host Mike Stephen reviews the Outside the Loop Listener Survey.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #565- Improving public schools, Affordable housing near The 606, Fritz Kaegi runs for Assessor

Mike Stephen talks with:   Generation All associate program officer Misuzu Schexnider about their plan for improving neighborhood high schools and the new Chicago Public Schools app;   Logan Square Neighborhood Association former president Lissette Castañeda about the fight for affordable housing in areas by The 606 park system; and   Cook County Assessor candidate Fritz Kaegi about his vision for transparent and competent assessments for everybody.   Meanwhile, we discuss how the Chicago Triathlon is introducing a one-mile Underwear Run along the lakefront this year!   This week’s local music is provided by Ratboys.   OTL host Mike Stephen III, son Mike Stephen IV, and wife Jenny Stephen I enjoy The 606 park system. [circa summer 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #564- Frank Lloyd Wright at 150, Slow Roll Chicago, The Secret History of Julian Leal

Mike Stephen talks with:   Frank Lloyd Wright Trust curator David Bagnall about FLW’s architectural legacy in the 150th anniversary year of his birth;   Slow Roll Chicago co-founder/vice president Jamal Julien about promoting social change in Chicago via riding bicycles; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1980s power-pop wizard Julian Leal for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we read Mike’s t-shirt, discuss how Walgreens is wrongly applying the Cook County soda tax to LaCroix Sparkling Water, and talk about the new boozy Taco Bell just off the Magnificent Mile.   This week’s local music is provided by Sunjacket.   OTL host Mike Stephen is passionate about LaCroix Sparkling Water.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.