Episode 14 - The story of Orange Shoe Personal Fitness with Ted Fournier

June 19, 2018

This week, we are joined today by Ted Fournier, owner of Orange Shoe Personal Fitness Andersonville located at 5609 N Clark Street. Orange Shoe is known for its amazing customer service and family-style vibe with options for cardio, strength, and cross training as well as kettlebell and yoga, and even nutrition counseling! Ted has quite the story to tell about overcoming life-changing injury with the powerful remedy of proper physical therapy and training. 

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Episode 13 - The story of Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal with Hallie Borden

June 12, 2018

In this week's episode, Laura and Sara chat with Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal located next door to each other at 5137 and 5135 N. Clark.  Since 2012, Milk Handmade has been a destination women’s boutique that specializes in merchandise from local and independent designers and features not only apparel, but one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, soaps and candles.

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Episode 12.4 - Midsommarfest FAQs + the story of Lakeside Pride’s Latin Band with Shelly Fuerte [Midsommarfest preview 4 of 4]

June 8, 2018

Sara Dinges and Laura Austin of the Andersonville Chamber give you a rundown of this weekend's Andersonville Midsommarfest highlights, plus we are joined by Shelly Fuerte, Vice President of the Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac Block Club, otherwise known as the WFCW and singer in the Lakeside Pride Ensembles Latin Band. Shelly and her band will be playing Midsommarfest on Sunday on the Center Stage at Berwyn at 1PM.

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Episode 12.3 - the story of Edgewater Candles with Mark Towns and Stephen Pearlman [Midsommarfest preview 3 of 4]

June 7, 2018

In our third of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we speak with candle creators Mark Towns and Stephen Pearlman, the duo behind our local favorite, Edgewater Candles. With scents like Cedar Lavender, Tobacco Tonka, and the ever-popular Fraser Fir during the winter months, these soy wax candles will warm up any office, home or studio. You can currently find Edgewater Candles stocked at Foursided in Andersonville, at many markets around Chicago, at this weekend’s Midsommarfest, and at the Andersonville Farmers Market this season.

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Episode 12.2 - The story of 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman [Midsommarfest preview 2 of 4]

June 6, 2018

In our second of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), today we are joined by Harry Osterman, Alderman of the 48th Ward in Chicago, which includes the communities of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown’s Argyle Street. Alderman Osterman is a lifelong resident of the 48th Ward and prior to becoming Alderman in 2011, Harry served in Springfield for 11 years as State Representative of the 14th District. He is known for boots-on-ground public service, focusing on improving public safety, local neighborhood schools and supporting small businesses.

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Episode 12.1 - The story of author David Jay Collins [Midsommarfest preview 1 of 4]

June 5, 2018

In our first of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we are treated to a special conversation with local author David Jay Collins, who you can meet in person at Midsommarfest! David is the indie author of Gaybash, a story about love, friendship, and consequences for trying to be someone else; and Summerdale, a haunted house thriller set in Andersonville and due to release this October. We even hear excerpts from both novels! 

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Episode 11 - The story of Pivot Arts Festival with Julieanne Ehre

May 29, 2018

Our guest this week is Julieanne Ehre, founder and director of Pivot Arts and the Pivot Arts Festival. With a focus on creative producing, Pivot Arts bridges the gap between theatre, dance, and contemporary performances and has showcased in Andersonville several times, including a recent "Live Talk" engagement at Hopleaf (5148 N Clark). The organization is quickly approaching the 6th year of their festival celebrating contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works. The festival returns to Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods this week, running June 1 - June 10, 2018.

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Episode 10 - The story of the 2018-19 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide with photographer Mike Rivera

May 22, 2018

The newly redesigned 2018-19 edition of the Andersonville Neighborhood Guide is launching at the end of this month, and we are so excited to share it with the neighborhood, Chicago, and beyond!  This week on the podcast, we sat down with one of the members of our design team, freelance photographer Mike Rivera, to discuss his pathway to photography and what it was like to photograph over 20 of our businesses for this very special publication.

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Episode 9 - The story of Early to Bed with Searah Deysach

May 14, 2018

This week, we are joined by Searah Deysach, the owner of  Early to Bed, Chicago’s only women-oriented, trans-friendly, boy-friendly, queer, and all gender positive sex shop located at 5044 N Clark. This diverse business is dedicated to helping you explore your sexuality to the fullest, without fear, and they are one of the destinations for our upcoming Andersonville Wine Walk, this Sunday, May 20!

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BONUS 1 - The story of the Andersonville Farmers Market with Chicago Patchwork Farms

May 9, 2018

In honor of opening day for the 2018 Andersonville Farmers Market season (Wednesday, May 9), we have launched our first bonus episode of the podcast! In studio, we are joined by Katie Williams from Chicago Patchwork Farms and Joan Oberndorf, market manager of Andersonville’s Farmers Market. Chicago Patchwork Farms is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating unused land in the city into beautiful, usable green spaces, and has been a vendor at the market since 2014.

The Andersonville Farmers market is now open for the season on Wednesdays from May 9 - August 29 (3-8PM) and September 5 - October 17 (3-7PM) along Berwyn between Clark and Ashland in Andersonville. 

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