Always Andersonville: The Podcast
Episode 94 - The story of Andersonville Physical Therapy and Wellness Center with Pat Staszak

Episode 94 - The story of Andersonville Physical Therapy and Wellness Center with Pat Staszak

January 21, 2020

Today we are joined by Pat Staszak owner of Andersonville Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. Andersonville Physical Therapy is a community-based rehabilitation center that has been part of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood since 1999. They are committed to providing patients with expert care in a professional, healing environment at 5414 N Broadway.

Episode 94 - The story of Oda Mediterranean Cuisine with Tamte Meladze

Episode 94 - The story of Oda Mediterranean Cuisine with Tamte Meladze

January 14, 2020

This week we are joined by Tamte Meladze of Oda Meditteranean Cuisine. Oda showcases the flavor of the Ottoman kitchen and brings together the eclectic food traditions of Turkey and  neighboring Mediterranean countries including France, Italy and Georgia while indulging Chicagoans in an overwhelmingly delicious authentic culinary experience at 5657 N Clark.

Episode 93 - The story of Mena Tours and Travel with Steven Sanchez and Giselle LaBorde Sanchez

Episode 93 - The story of Mena Tours and Travel with Steven Sanchez and Giselle LaBorde Sanchez

January 7, 2020

This week we are joined by Steven Sanchez and Giselle LaBorde Sanchez of Mena Tours and Travel. Established in 1965, Mena Tours and Travel wants to share the world and bring you the best cruises, vacations and packages. Their friendly, knowledgeable agents will work hard to bring you the best at 5209 N Clark now on the 2nd floor.

Episode 92 - The story of Dispensary 33 with Abigail Watkins and Paul Lee

Episode 92 - The story of Dispensary 33 with Abigail Watkins and Paul Lee

December 31, 2019

This week we are joined by Abigail Watkins and Paul Lee from Dispensary 33. Dispensary 33 made history as the first location in the city of Chicago where one could purchase cannabis legally with a medical cannabis card. They display all marijuana goods to its customers, allowing patients to personally inspect their meds. With a large menu of flowers, extracts, edibles and topicals, this dispensary has consistently gone above and beyond to help the state’s medical marijuana patients safely and affordably access their medicine. On January 1, 2020 the recreational sale of cannabis becomes legal in Illinois and Dispensary 33 is one of only three Chicago shops to get a recreational sales permit. 

BONUS Episode: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Night Before Christmas read by students from Rogers Park Montessori School and Randy Heite of Friends of Andersonville

BONUS Episode: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Night Before Christmas read by students from Rogers Park Montessori School and Randy Heite of Friends of Andersonville

December 23, 2019

In this week's BONUS episode, we hear holiday poems, jokes and singing from the students at Rogers Park Montessori School (1800 W. Balmoral), along with a live reading of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the Christmas Classic, The Night Before Christmas, read by students and Rogers Park Montessori School and Friends of Andersonville co-founder, Randy Heite!

Curl up, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and get ready to feel all the warm holiday feels on this special Christmas Eve episode. 

Episode 91 - The story of Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar with Lindsey Anderson

Episode 91 - The story of Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar with Lindsey Anderson

December 16, 2019

Laura and Joelle are joined by Lindsey Anderson owner and Sommalier of Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar. Uvae offers balance, flavor, and ingenuity in their food and in their service to community. Expect the personality of each wine to inspire stories to share at 5553 N Clark.

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Episode 90 - The story of St. Lucia with Catherine Selen

Episode 90 - The story of St. Lucia with Catherine Selen

December 10, 2019

This week, Laura is joined by Catherine Selen of the Swedish American Museum, here to talk with us about the tradition of St. Lucia, which takes place this Friday, December 13. The celebration comes from stories told by monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden. St. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred and killed for her faith in the year 304 AD. The most common story told about St. Lucia is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands to carry everything.

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Holiday Bonus Episode - Krampus with Lauren Ocello and Raven Theatre’s Holiday Show
Episode 89 - The story of Uncharted Books with Tanner McSwain

Episode 89 - The story of Uncharted Books with Tanner McSwain

December 3, 2019

This week Joelle and Laura are joined by Tanner McSwain owner of Uncharted Books, a used and rare bookstore, secret club, and event space in Andersonville at 5140 N Clark.

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Episode 88 - The Story of Lauren Ocello and Twidley Bits

Episode 88 - The Story of Lauren Ocello and Twidley Bits

November 26, 2019

This week we are joined by Lauren Ocello of Twidley Bits. Twidley Bits is the labor of love from this former chocolatier and takes the best the season has to offer and turns them into scrumptious jams, fruit butters, pickles and plant-based cheeses that you and your loved ones can enjoy all year long. They help you put breakfast on the table, snacks on the buffet, and treats in everyone's tummies that everyone can feel good about.

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