Laura Austin of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Mike Stephen hanging out at Simon's Tavern on Clark St. in Andersonville.

Mike Stephen heads up to the Andersonville neighborhood and takes the show to Simon’s Tavern on Clark Street.  We hear conversations from members of the community about what makes the neighborhood tick.  Mike and OTL producer Collin Seaman welcome Laura Austin of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce to talk about the strength of the community.  Simon’s Tavern owner Scott Martin sits down to discuss the importance of that bar in the neighborhood.  Next, we enjoy an architecture conversation with Thom Greene of Greene & Proppe Design.  And we explore what it’s like to own a local business with Milk Handmade owner Hallie Borden.  The local music this week is brought to us by Andersonville favorites Hodie Snitch.  We love you, Andersonville! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses gentrification in Logan Square.

Mike Stephen learns about an upcoming book about gentrification in Logan Square with sociologist and photographer David Schalliol, discusses a City Bureau analysis of local government transparency, and plays back the sounds of the Girls on the Run Chicago 5k.  The local music this week is brought to us by Batteries Not Included. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of unions in Illinois from the WGN Skyline Studio.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of unions in Illinois, explores how low-income students often face low expectations, and learns about the exciting work of ProjectArt Chicago. Plus, we track down Producer Collin at Midway Airport for the OTL Wrap Party!  This week’s local music is brought to us by Good Enough. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes the members of the local band Weird Bananas into the studio.

Mike Stephen discusses the changing city policy of keeping impounded vehicles after motorists declare bankruptcy, learns about a new series of Afrofuturism novellas, and welcomes the Weird Bananas into the studio for a live performance of local music. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.