Posted in downtown Episodes River North

Hard Rock Cafe: Love All Serve All, Music for Life, Take Time to Be Kind, All is One (Episode 234)

Hard Rock Cafe: Chicago has been in River North for 33 years; its sign is one of the most iconic landmarks in downtown Chicago. Now, decades into the chain’s history, the menu has been completely revamped.

Posted in Actors Episodes Theater guests

From unrequited love to ‘first-time man sluts’: ‘I Saw You’ reads Chicago personal ads (Episode 232)

“I Saw You” is a gut-busting, live performance comedy show of real Chicago personals held the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Town Hall Pub (3340 N. Halsted).

Posted in Bridgeport Episodes Media guests Public Service

‘When you’re on the street, you’ve got a millisecond to make a decision’ – The Chicago PoPo Report joins me for cop talk (Episode 226)

Paul Ciolino and Lupe Aguirre of The Chicago PoPo Report (Saturdays 7-9 p.m. on WLS-AM 890) jump in my car to talk about crime and punishment.

Posted in Episodes vinyl

Record-making and taco-eating in Chicago: Smashed Plastic (Episode 217)

Chicago has its own record-pressing plant… and it’s awesome!

Posted in bacon Episodes Logan Square

Episode 216 – The 4th annual Baconfest preview, with Logan Square restaurant Twain and Baconfest co-founder Seth Zurer

BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON

Posted in Christmas Episodes Halloween Melrose Park

88 Fingers Louie visits Krampus haunted house before heading to Costa Rica (Episode 199)

Chicago punk heroes go to a holiday-themed haunted house and eat burrito bowls in a Mazda CX-9.

Posted in Off Topic

Off topic: Record collecting and the most-frequently found budget LPs

Repeat offenders in record stores’ clearance bins

Posted in blues Edgewater Episodes Mexican food tacos

47 years of blues, now in book form! Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records (Episode 195)

“There’s nothing like being the hero of a real trainwreck.”

Posted in Episodes Next generation West Loop

The name will get your attention; the music will make you a fan. Singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood at Haymarket (Episode 193)

Yes, her dad is *that* Steve Winwood, but Lilly Winwood’s making music that’s really good, and entirely her own.

Posted in emo Episodes McHenry Music guests punk rock Reunion

The reunion Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath helped will into reality: Welcome back, Sidekick Kato (Episode 192)

“The punk kids didn’t like us very much… and the kids who were into the math-y/emo type stuff… we were like ‘fart and dick joke’ guys (to them). We never really fit in anywhere.”