Mike Stephen learns how the new SpotAngels app can help us find street parking, gets an update on the influence of aldermen on discriminatory housing practices, and discovers the Secret History of the late Chicago jazz artist Daniel Scanlan with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave).  The local music this week is brought to you by Holly. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #584-Inside Make! Chicago, The Parking Ticket Geek Returns, The Secret History of Jimmy Davis

Mike Stephen conversationalizes with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about TBD for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music;    Joseph Buka, founder of MAKE! Chicago; and,   The Parking Ticket Geek.   Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here!   This week’s local music is provided by The Evening Attraction.  Mike attempts to find his inner craftsman at MAKE! Chicago.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #526- Film crew parking, Funding charter schools, The Secret History of The Imports

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago’s 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins about media production companies paying for lost parking and extending The 606 past the Kennedy and the river;   33rd Ward Working Families spokesman Nick Burt about his organization’s successful referendum against charter schools in the election; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about moody Hyde Park band The Imports for this week’s “The Fall of Punk” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, let’s take action. Now is the time to get your skin in the game.   This week’s local music is provided by The Claudettes.   OTL host Mike Stephen re-familiarizes himself with the microphone before broadcasting from a seventh floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #401- Parking Ticket Geek Update, Waiting all night for Star Wars, Local photography with Out of Chicago

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 “take my picture” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets an update on potholes and red light cameras from The Parking Ticket Geek, plays audio from waiting in line overnight to see Star Wars Episode II in 2002, and learns about an upcoming local photography convention.   The Parking Ticket Geek– Blogger at The Expired Meter The Geek gives us an update on Chicago pothole repair, the new Park Chicago app, and red light cameras.     Waiting for Star Wars– Dipping into the Mike Stephen audio vault On May 16, 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released.  OTL host Mike Stephen and two friends waited outside the McClurg Court Theater downtown all night to be first in line for the 8:30am showing.  Mike brought a microphone with him.  We hear the highlights.     Mike waited 8 hours outside the theater to see this movie. Chris Smith– Local photographer and creator of Out of Chicago Photography is lots of fun.  If you’re into local photography, check out the Out of Chicago site and attend the local photography conference at the end of June!         OTL #401 local music provided by Ryan Joseph Anderson…