OTL: Episode #463- How The 606 affects affordable housing, Chicago Baseball fights for its rights outside of Wrigley, 16-year-old Reade Wildman jams in studio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Voorhees Center economic development planner Lauren Nolan about affordable housing issues along The 606 elevated park;   Chicago Baseball editor/publisher Matt Smerge about his magazine’s fight against the city to stay alive; and   Reade Wildman, a 16-year-old guitarist and Chicago Academy for the Arts student, who hung out to play live for the hour! Check out his new record Syzygy.   Reade Widman poses with Mike Stephen at the halfway point of rocking the soundtrack for OTL #463.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   Reade Widman jams a tune from his new Syzygy record on a rainy Chicago Saturday morning.

OTL: Episode #456- Utilizing IL urban wood, Illuminating TIFs in Chicago, The Secret History of Chicagoland’s 60s garage rockers The Riddles

Mike Stephen talks with:   Illinois Wood Utilization Team chairperson Edith Makra and IIT College of Architecture studio associate professor Paul Pettigrew about giving dead urban trees new life;   TIF Illumination Project lead organizer Tom Tresser (support their Indiegogo campaign!); and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about late-’60s suburban rockers The Riddles for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   This week’s local music is provided by Farkus.   OTL host Mike Stephen visits Illinois Wood Utilization Team chairperson Edith Makra and IIT College of Architecture studio associate professor Paul Pettigrew at the IIT Architecture Model Shop.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #450- Developing Chicago’s riverfronts, A new NW Side linear park, The Secret History of Chicago Music: Redwood Landing

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “banks of the Michigan Ditch” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen discusses the future of Chicago’s riverfronts, gets the lowdown on a proposed linear park on the NW Side, and learns about a 70s local band that never made it to the big time: Redwood Landing.   Margaret Frisbie– Executive Director, Friends of the Chicago River The new downtown Chicago Riverwalk opened recently, but there are plans to explore the potential for the rest of Chicagoland’s riverfronts.  We learn about the Great Rivers Chicago Project.     Heather Cherone– Writer and Producer, DNA Info Chicago We get the lowdown on the possibility of a new linear park on the NW side of the city.   The proposed Weber Spur   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles Chicago folk-funk band, Redwood Landing, in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on their musical contribution to the region.       OTL #450 local music provided by Brontosaurus…

OTL: Episode #412- Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, Losers web series, Crowdsourcing meals for a month finale

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “green coalition” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, previews the “Losers” web series, and gets an update from a local who crowdsourced every meal in August.   Eloise Karlatiris– President and CEO of the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition We learn about this organization that helps Chicago restaurants reduce their environmental footprint.       Fred Pelzer– Creator of the web series Losers This new locally-produced web series deals with those times in our lives when we just don’t make it.  A new episode is released every Wednesday, so check it out!         Kurt Vanderah– Resident of NW Indiana who crowdsourced his meals for August Kurt hasn’t been eating well for a few decades.  He decided enough is enough and he turned to us to help him eat healthier in August.  We find out how it went.         OTL #412 local music provided by The Kuhls…