Always Andersonville Monthly is a podcast produced by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce with Transistor; it brings together the month's interviews from the weekly Always Andersonville podcast.
Episode #4 (July 2018)
This month's expanded edition includes interviews with five guests:
Harry Osterman, alderman of the 48th Ward, 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.
Candle creators Mark Towns and Stephen Pearlman (pictured), 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 (5061 N. Clark), at many markets around Chicago, and at the Andersonville Farmers Market this season.
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.
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 kettle bell and yoga, and even nutrition counseling! Ted has quite the story to tell about overcoming a life-changing injury with the powerful remedy of proper physical therapy and training.
Chef Jennifer Kim and general manager Tegan Brace (pictured) of Passerotto, which opened its doors in May at 5420 N Clark. The Chicago Tribune called Passerotto “a culinary love letter to growing up Korean-American” and having grown up eating spaghetti with kimchi with her brother, Chef Jennifer brings fun Korean fare to Andersonville.
Episode #3 (June 2018)
This month's expanded edition includes interviews with five guests: Maybelline Pereda, the owner and founder of Cescas Margarita Bar and Grill, a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Andersonville at 5403 N Clark; Rivendell’s Theatre's artistic director Tara Mallen and ensemble members Krystel McNeil and Tuckie White, who discuss Rivendell's production of "The Cake," which had its Midwest premier at the Andersonville theater, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue; 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; freelance photographer Mike Rivera, who discusses his pathway to photography and what it was like to photograph over 20 Andersonville businesses for the very special publication of the newly redesigned 2018-19 edition of the Andersonville Neighborhood Guide; and 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 theater, dance, and contemporary performances and has showcased in Andersonville several times.
Episode #2 (May 2018)
This month's edition includes interviews with four guests: Rick Verkler (pictured bottom), the general manager of The Guesthouse Hotel (4872 N Clark); Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-owner, president, and founder of Andersonville’s KOVAL Distillery (5121 N Ravenswood); Matthew Buccilla (pictured top), co-owner of Andersonville's newly established modern men's lifestyle and supplies store, Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale Ave); and Karin Moen Abercrombie, executive director for the Swedish American Museum (located at 5211 N Clark), which has been an Andersonville institution since 1976! Interviews are conducted by Laura Austin, Joelle Scillia, and Sara Dinges.
Episode #1 (April 2018)
On this inaugural episode, Laura Austin and Sara Dinges talk to 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. And then Joelle Scillia and Laura talk to 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.
Always Andersonville: The Podcast and Always Andersonville Monthly are recorded and edited by Andy Miles in Studio C at Transistor. Learn more about Transistor's basement studios here.