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Car Con Carne

Mar 26, 2022

My guest tonight is Mike Vanderbilt, Chicago’s Best Bartender, as voted by the readers of the Chicago Reader. He’s also: 

A podcaster, part of the team that brings you Halloweenies, the horror franchise podcast

A cinephile

A curator, responsible for putting the classic 80s cult classic Basket Case into Cigars...


Mar 24, 2022

Ravinia is back! Chief Brand, Marketing and Communications Officer Blake Smith joins me to talk about the just-announced 2022 schedule.


As we run down some (but not nearly all) of the highlights, we’re joined by Ravinia’s Chef Sam. We sampled some of Ravinia’s show-stopping cuisine that will be available this...


Mar 24, 2022

Dan Stewart (vocals/guitar) and Garrison Krotz (bass) of Chicago indie band Damager talked with me tonight in advance of their headlining gig at Gman this weekend (3/26, with Background Character and the Trenchies).


In this new episode, we talk about Damager’s latest release, “Best Team in Baseball,” old school...


Mar 21, 2022

For this car-based episode, I’m joined by music curator Denis Buckley (of 88 Fingers Louie fame) and Dante’s owner Tim Murphy.. Denis is going to be “DJ-ing” at Dante’s (1938 W. Chicago Ave) this Thursday night (3/24/22).


We talk about a lot of music, as well as some exciting changes coming to Dante’s...


Mar 16, 2022

This episode brings the collision of one of Chicago’s most celebrated and respected musicians and one of the city’s most notorious and well regarded hot dog joints.  

I’m joined by Scott Lucas of Local H, and we recorded the show inside  the “Relish Room” of the recently renovated/upgraded Wiener’s Circle...