Sliding into 2023 in Chicago. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns about The Answer Inc, a local organization that helps those with disabilities, from founder and CEO Debra Vines, gets the lowdown on the best Led Zeppelin tribute band from “Bobby Plant 2” (aka: Bruce Lamont), and discovers the Secret History of blues guitar master John Primer. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy a look back at a few conversations from 2022. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen airs a few big show conversations from 2022.  Happy New Year from your friends at Outside the Loop! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

What are the impacts of TIF districts on Chicago neighborhoods? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen gets an update on the impact of TIF districts on Chicago neighborhoods over the past year with Tom Tresser, co-founder of The CivicLab, and then re-airs a conversation with Illinois native Kevin Jakubowski, the screenwriter of the Holiday film 8-Bit Christmas. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

The Damen Silos in the McKinley park neighborhood. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns how pollution is impacting McKinley Park from Anthony Moser, board president of Neighbors for Environmental Justice, discusses the creation of the first Green Dining District in Illinois with Ravi Parakkat, Oak Park trustee and founder of Takeout 25, and discovers the Secret History of 1960s soul singer Jo Ann Garrett. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.