Episode 5 - The story of KOVAL Distillery with Sonat Birnecker Hart

April 17, 2018

Meet Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-owner, president, and founder of Andersonville’s KOVAL Distillery (5121 N Ravenswood). KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits, and was the first distillery to open in Chicago since the mid 1800s. Sonat and her husband/Master Distiller/co-owner, Robert Birnecker, pioneered the way for other small local distilleries to open all around North America and Europe. In this episode, Sonat shares with us her journey as a woman and a mother in the distillery industry.

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Episode 4 - The story of Cowboys and Astronauts with Matthew Buccilla

April 10, 2018

Meet Matthew Buccilla, co-owner of Andersonville's newly-established modern men's lifestyle and supplies store, Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale Ave). He has lived and thrived in Andersonville for years, and now with his partner, Greg Lanier, has opened a shop where can you find that new date shirt, grooming products that will make you feel like a million bucks, and barware that shows you’re a champion entertainer. Matthew comes from a family of business owners and can-doers, and excitedly shares with us his passion for business ownership and hospitality.

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Episode 3 - The story of the Swedish American Museum with Karin Abercrombie

April 3, 2018

This week, we chat with Karin Moen Abercrombie, Executive Director for the Swedish American Museum (located at 5211 N Clark) which has been an Andersonville institution since 1976, for over 40 years! Karin was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has lived in Andersonville for 25 years, raised her family here, walks to work daily, and possesses a wealth of knowledge about the neighborhood's changing landscape.

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Episode 2 - The story of Georgia Jones and Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy

March 27, 2018

This week, the Andersonville Chamber team talks with Georgia Jones, owner of Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy located at 5537 N Clark. Georgia tells us all about her pathway to mindfulness, learning to incorporate mindful activities into everyday life, and wanting to promote a family friendly practice in Andersonville, the neighborhood she's called home for over 18 years. 


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Episode 1 - Welcome to Always Andersonville + the story of Vincent with Michael Bransford

March 20, 2018

For our first episode of #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast, we introduce you to Andersonville; a neighborhood full of rich history and an amazing collection of local and independent businesses owners. Get to know the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce staff as they dive into their first interview with Michael Bransford, owner of local bistro Vincent. Michael's story is a love story - one about falling for this Midwest neighborhood in the big city of Chicago after leaving New York City. 

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