Mike Stephen stops by Richmond’s Sports Bar in Humboldt Park to learn about that establishment’s history, checks in with 33rd ward aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki, and learns the Secret History of local Bluesman Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Obeko. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen stops by Cody’s bar in Lakeview to kick off the Winter Tavern Tour with @ChicagoBars, learns about Little Village’s fight for environmental justice, and discusses the statistics that show Chicago’s declining population with local demographer Rob Paral.  The local music this week is powered by Minor Moon. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

On a special edition of the program, Mike Stephen explores the history of tied houses/bars in Chicago.  Joining him at Toons Bar and Grill and at the Happy Village bar is local historian Liz Garibay. The two chat about the history of tied houses over a pint. Then Mike heads to Lakeview to talk to Mike Schuba, operator of Schuba’s Tavern, about the special history of that building.  And to round out the show, Mike and Producer Collin try to figure out how to tie OTL to a Chicago bar with some help from Hampshire High School industrial technology teacher Mike Jakubowski. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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.