Mike Stephen takes us inside Wrigleyville's Nisei Lounge as part of the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.

Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week.  The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses Chicago's obsession with mega-developments.

Mike Stephen discusses the trend of planning mega-developments in Chicago, gets an analysis of the new state budget, and learns the Secret History of 80s rockers Dead Freddie.  This week’s local music is brought to you by  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks to outgoing Ald. John Arena (45th) about local political issues, discusses the proposed state progressive income tax and budget with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures Project, and learns about the work of Sunrise Movement Chicago.  The local music this week is powered by The Tentatives. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen gets warm and cozy with: David Merriman, co-director, Fiscal Futures Project; OTL Winter Tavern Tour Stop #2: The Friendly Tap Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues artist Smilin Bobby for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music This week’s local music is powered by Black Road. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.