OTL: Episode #179- The Pilsen Show!

THE THIRD IN THE OTL NEIGHBORHOOD SERIES… ALSO, CHECK OUT THE LOGAN SQUARE AND BUCKTOWN SHOWS! (podcasting from the streets of Pilsen in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “come on over to Pilsen” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen goes on-location in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago for a profile of this unique community. Stephanie Manriquez — Executive Assistant at Casa Aztlan This incredible organization has been assisting the Pilsen community for 40 years with cultural activities, community organizing, and adult education.  We get a look inside the great work that goes on there. Casa Aztlan in Pilsen Fr. Chuck Dahm, O.P.— Associate Pastor at St. Pius V Catholic Church Father Chuck is well-known in the Pilsen community for his work helping victims of domestic violence.  I drop into St. Pius to discuss his experiences in Pilsen. St. Pius V Catholic Church Willie Wagner — Owner and Chef at Honky Tonk BBQ There’s a great BBQ joint in the heart of Pilsen…OF COURSE I’m going to check it out!  Willie sits down to chat about his award-winning BBQ and owning a business in the community. Honky Tonk BBQ Vanessa Sanchez — Youth Programs Project Manager for Yollocalli Arts Reach Art is an important part of the Pilsen community.  Yollocalli encourages area youth and young adults to participate in arts.  Vanessa describes how the programs impact Pilsen residents and her outlook on the future of the neighborhood. A Mural on the Side of the Building that Houses Yollocalli OTL #179 local […]

OTL: Episode #177- Cook County Hunger Rises, One Seed Chicago, Near North Farmessori

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “it’s ok to think about gardening with a foot of snow on the ground” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen plugs the new location of the Chicago Underground Library, discusses a new study that shows more Cook County residents are in need of food assistance, learns about voting for the 2010 Chicago Seed, and tours The Near North Farmessori in the East Village. The Chicago Underground Library Has Moved Yet Again — This unique repository for Chicago history now resides in Lakeview.  Click here for the profile of the CUL from 2008. Bob Dolgan— Director of Communications for the Greater Chicago Food Depository A new study shows that hunger is on the rise in Cook County.  We explore why this is and what’s being done to help these people. Ben Helphand — Executive Director of Neighbor Space Ben joins us to talk about a program of Neighbor Space called One Seed Chicago as well as community gardening in our city.  You can log on to OSC’s site to vote for the 2010 Chicago Seed! Anna Viertel — Urban Farm Coordinator for the Near North Montessori School On a rare undeveloped piece of land in the East Village area (1102 N. Wood St.) Anna leads kids from the nearby Montessori School in creating a local farm.  I visited the farm this week amidst an insane snowfall to get a tour of the farm called The Near […]

OTL: Episode #176- Possible Wal-Mart Compromise, CTA Mobile Garden Update, Pecha Kucha Chicago

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “mobile gardening” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen loves pens, gets the latest about the Wal-Mart saga in Chicago, discusses the news regarding the CTA Mobile Garden Project, and learns about an arts event that will benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Angela Caputo — Reporter and Blogger for ProgressIllinois.com There is a new development in the plans to bring another Wal-Mart to Chicago.  Angela gives us the story.  Check out the article she wrote on this topic here. Joe Baldwin— Local Artist and Creator of The Mobile Garden We check in with Joe since he has some good news about the status of The Mobile Garden.  I originally interviewed him about this project in October of last year.  You can check out that interview here. Peter Exley — Architect, Co-host of the Pecha Kucha Night Chicago I know, I know.  Pecha what?  Peter explains what this unique show is all about and how it will benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. OTL #176 local music provided by Kristin Ronne…

OTL: Episode #175- Chicago Aldermen Project, OTL Press, the East Village is Historic

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “historic neighborhood” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about an upcoming local arts project involving the City Council, chats with a former OTL employee about some show press, and brings us the story of the East Village neighborhood’s arrival on the National Register of Historic Places. Jeremy Scheuch — Co-organizer of the Chicago Aldermen Project In an effort to teach Chicago about its elected officials, local artists will create portraits of their aldermen.  We get the info on this interesting project. Andrew J. Hermann— Former Executive Producer of Outside the Loop Radio Recently this little radio show got some press in the January edition of the Illinois Entertainer.  They didn’t get the picture and the caption correct, though.  Is this an evil plot by Andy to take over?  We find out! Hey, that’s not Andy Hermann! Scott Rappe — Architect, member of the East Village Association The East Village neighborhood in Chicago was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.  We get some history of this small area of the city and find out why it made the list. OTL #175 local music provided by The Cathy Santonies…