OTL: Episode #232- Ald.-Elect Ameya Pawar, the Vegan Stephen Experiment, ChicagoMixtape.com

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 “you got my cheese whiz, boy?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the new alderman of the 47th Ward, discusses the Vegan Stephen experiment with his wife, and gets the lowdown about ChicagoMixtape.com. Ameya Pawar — Alderman-Elect of the 47th Ward We hear from the first Asian-American alderman in the history of the City Council.  He was the underdog in the recent election, but came back to beat the aldermanic seat’s heir-apparent. Jenny Stephen — Mike’s wife and his partner in the “Vegan Stephen Experiment” Mike and Jenny have decided to go vegan for one week.  We find out why and what food they’ll miss the most during the coming week. Kidney Beans and Soyrizo Cooking on the Stove Casey Meehan — Founder of ChicagoMixtape.com This site is a new way for you to stay in touch with the local music scene while picking up a bunch of FREE local tunes via e-mail.  We get the details. OTL #232 local music provided by Waterstreet…

OTL: Episode #217- Active Transportation Update, Lawyerly Analysis of Local Burgers, The Underground Chicago Food Scene

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 “underground foodie” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets an active transportation update, learns about a blog written by local lawyers that rates downtown burger joints, and discusses the local underground food scene with the food editor of Time Out Chicago. Vote For Outside the Loop!—  NewCity magazine is running their Best of Chicago 2010 poll right now.  You’d be oh-so-awesome if you wrote in Outside the Loop for “Best Local Podcast!”  REMEMBER: you must vote for at least TEN categories for your ballot to count!  Thanks for your support! Adolfo Hernandez— Director of Advocacy & Outreach for the Active Transportation Alliance The federal government recently awarded Illinois $90 million for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.  We learn more about this and discuss how alternative transportation will be affected. “Cheese Justice”— Chicago Lawyer and Blogger at In Re Burgers A group of Chicago lawyers got together over their love of cheeseburgers.  The result?  In Re Burgers: Chicago Lawyers Judging Chicago Burgers.  We get the lowdown this week. Photo Courtesy of In Re Burgers David Tamarkin— Food Editor at Time Out Chicago Have you heard about Chicago’s underground food scene?  David recently explored secret supper clubs and impromptu meals for those “in the know.”  He joins us to discuss his experiences.  You can read what he wrote HERE. Photo Courtesy of Jeff […]

OTL: Episode #214- Inside the Gaztro Wagon, OTL News Desk Update, Covering Chicago Politics with Early and Often

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 “gaztro” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen pays a visit to the Gaztro-Wagon, jumps behind the OTL News Desk to give us an update on some local stories, and discusses a new website dedicated to in-depth coverage of Chicago politics. Matt Maroni— Chef and Owner of the Gaztro-Wagon We go inside the popular Chicago food truck to find out how it got started, why people dig it, and the future of the local food truck movement. The Gaztro-Wagon Parked at Division and Ashland The OTL News Desk Update—  Mike Stephen dons his anchorman blazer and mustache to bring us updates on some past OTL stories and other local happenings. Mike Fourcher— Business Manager for Early and Often This new site provides in-depth coverage of Chicago politics.  We find out how it came to be and why it’s all the buzz right now. OTL #214 local music provided by Lionlimb..

OTL: Episode #186- Local Urban Forestry, Evaluating a New “State” of Chicago, Food Blogging With Chicago Gluttons

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicago glutton” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the state of local urban forestry, rehashes the idea of a new state that includes Chicago, and talks food with one of the Chicago Gluttons. Mark Duntemann — Owner of Natural Path Urban Forestry Consultants How is Chicago doing when it comes to the care of trees?  We find out! Andy Hermann— Former Outside the Loop Radio Executive Producer, Current Pottery Consultant It seems that Andy heard the conversation between Mike and Ed Zotti last week regarding the idea of creating a new state from the Chicago metro area.   He has some thoughts of his own on this topic. Former OTL Producer Andy Hermann John Honkala — Co-Founder of Chicago Gluttons Chicago Gluttons is an awesome local food blog that recently won Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out Award for “Best Indie Restaurant Blog.”  We get a profile of the blog and why it’s more than you’re average restaurant review website. The Chicago Gluttons OTL #186 local music provided by Phil Circle…