Mike Stephen discusses the Young Feminist Conference with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer as well as other local topics on Outside the Loop.

Mike Stephen previews the Young Feminist Conference with Cause the Effect Chicago’s founder Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, learns about another conference aimed at connecting journalists and their communities called the People-Powered Publishing Conference, and discovers the Secret History of 60s frat-rockers 4 Taus.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Jason Valley. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses a new life for shuttered schools.

Mike Stephen learns about a project to give new life to shuttered Chicago schools called Creative Grounds, discusses the impact of local community organizing, and gets the Secret History of the late jazz drummer Alvin Fielder.  This week’s local music is brought to you by The Artist Formerly Known as Vince. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Rev. Bonnie Perry and Mike Stephen at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood.

Mike Stephen chats the outgoing rector of Ravenswood’s All Saints Episcopal Church and bishop-elect of The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, Rev. Bonnie Perry, about community-building and a life of service and then discovers the Secret History of 70s local country-rockers Possum River.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Alex Ellsworth. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes Elizabeth Blasius and AJ LaTrace to a neighborhood architecture discussion at The Levee bar in the Hermosa neighborhood.

Mike Stephen hosts a roundtable discussion at The Levee bar about the significance and future of Chicago neighborhood architecture.  Joining Mike at the bar is architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius and real estate writer AJ LaTrace.  This week’s local music is brought to us by CWIOK. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.