Category Archives: Skokie

September 03

‘There’s a bar?’ – live performance from W.O.R.M. and pizza from Village Inn

Mike Reidy and Karen Righeimer from W.O.R.M.(World Organization of the Righteous Movement) meet me at Village Inn in Skokie (8050 Lincoln Avenue) for a podcast episode that includes a live performance and a visit from Village Inn Managing Partner, Desi Mulingbayan. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/WORM_CCC.mp3 Covered this week: Village Inn is “a lovely place (in) a lovely community.” […]

July 24

A life in BBQ: Talking restaurant business with Real Urban Barbecue’s Jeff Shapiro

I’m joined by Real Urban Barbecue owner Jeff Shapiro at his new location at 5238 Touhy in Skokie (“Smokie”). I’ve been going to his Highland Park location for years, and was a fan long before he broke ground just west of the Edens. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/RUB_CCC.mp3 DOWNLOAD Before we started the podcast interview, he took me on […]

November 14

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman: ‘If you have room for fries, you’ve got room for another dog’

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is one of the best in rock and roll, something he reminds us of every time he sits behind the kit at a Styx show. He and I go way back… to freshman year of high school. We haven’t properly hung out since we were both Niles West Indians, so it […]

August 08

From Joliet to DePaul to the WNBA: Chicago Sky star Allie Quigley

Just last week, I watched an early rough of the Car Con Carne TV pilot. Simply put, I can’t wait for you to see it. In the meantime, here’s a longform audio version of one of the segments, an interview with Chicago Sky superstar Allie Quigley. We talk about her younger days in Joliet, through […]

May 24

‘Our band van is horrific’: Tour stories and music chat with Sean Lenart of Victorian Halls

What do you do when your band guest is vegetarian? Feed him falafel. Sean Lenart, frontman of Victorian Halls joined me in Skokie for a conversation over Middle Eastern food at Pita Inn. We talked about the band’s long history, as well as: The latest album, Hyperalgesia (Victory Records) Victorian Halls’ love/hate relationship with Taco […]