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.

OTL: Episode #545- Mom + Baby, Red light cameras are here to stay, Chicago’s Vernacular Architecture

Mike Stephen talks with:   Mom+Baby founder Alexandra Eidenberg about how her organization advocates for women and children online, in person, and on the Hill;   DNAinfo Chicago City Hall reporter Heather Cherone about Chicago’s new red-light camera rules and where they’re being installed and removed; and   Blaservations architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius about her Curbed Chicago story on understanding Chicago’s vernacular architecture.   Meanwhile, Mike his new baby’s arrival doesn’t interfere with our Saturday broadcast!   This week’s local music is provided by Boss Fight.   OTL host Mike Stephen gives the thumps-up to some Chicago vernacular architecture in Wicker Park. Note the contrast to the new condo building next door.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #464- The Parking Ticket Geek on local traffic issues, The Secret History of Chicago’s Brevity, Retiring baby boomers’ impact on Chicago architecture

Mike Stephen talks with:   The Expired Meter blogger The Parking Ticket Geek about new traffic patterns in Chicago and a recent red light camera lawsuit;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about ambitious early-’70s proto power poppers Brevity for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Chicago Architecture Foundation Senior Director of Program Strategy Michael Wood about how retiring baby boomers are impacting Chicago architecture and infrastructure as detailed in the upcoming Design Dialogues: Tick Tick Boom talk.   Meanwhile, we discover that Chicago is the friendliest US city for tourists… at least according to Twitter.   This week’s local music is provided by The Tarts.   OTL host Mike Stephen III explains the new Chicago traffic patterns to Mike Stephen IV. Don’t drive angry!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #439- Preserving Chicago architecture, Chronicling Chicago public toilets

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “toilet-friendly” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the executive director of Preservation Chicago about their efforts to save historic buildings in our neighborhoods and learns about a project that chronicles public toilets in Chicago.   Ward Miller–  Executive Director of Preservation Chicago We discuss the importance of preserving historic architecture in Chicago and find out who made the organization’s Chicago 7 list.   Mike Stephen and Ward Miller discuss the preservation of local architecture.     Dan Schaumann– Creator of Toilography.com Pictures of local toilets can be popular!  We get the skinny on why Dan created this site that features pictures of public toilets from Chicago and beyond.  The secret two-way mirror in the men’s room at Streeter’s Tavern       OTL #439 local music provided by One of the Girls…