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 talks to the owner of the Heartland Cafe about the imminent closing of that Rogers Park institution, discusses equity when it comes to supporting all Chicago parks, and discovers the Secret History of a unique folk rock band called Dysfunctionells with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave).  The local music this week is brought to you by Jumpsuit. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen learns about the new newsy side gig of WGN Radio’s very own Dometi Pongo, previews a local holiday ugly sweater dance party, and discovers the Secret History of the late Chicago folk artist Dwain Story with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave).  The local music this week is brought to you by Stutter. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #580- The Color of Law, The Secret History of Royal Flairs, Inside the OPRF Food Pantry

Mike Stephen talks with:   Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 60’s garage rockers Royal Flairs for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, and;   Michele Zurakowski, Executive Director of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.   This week’s local music is provided by Montrose Man.  Mike stops by the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry to discuss the power of volunteerism 365 with Michele Zurakowski.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.