For this year’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” (April 26), I’m joined by my 11-year-old daughter, Fiona, for a trip to Grecian Kitchen (3938 Dempster Street in Skokie). My 16-year-old son, Noah, opted out of this year’s podcast, which left Fiona “disappointed.” http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_FVO.mp3 Discussed on this week’s show, sponsored by BOOST MOBILE: […]

Chicago actor Mickey O’Sullivan jumps in the car for diner food from his favorite place, The Golden Apple (2971 N. Lincoln). I was lucky to steal time with Mickey, he’s super busy these days playing “Chef Dan” on “The Chi” on Showtime. Related: GREAT SHOW. Watch it here! http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_MOS.mp3 In this Boost Mobile-sponsored episode, we talk about: […]

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.

Covered this week:

  • Village Inn is “a lovely place (in) a lovely community.”
  • W.O.R.M. history.
  • The first song I played on my 21st birthday ties back to W.O.R.M.
  • W.O.R.M.’s opening for Pigface’s anniversary show last year.
  • How Karen’s aggressiveness got her the bass gig with the band
  • The correct pronunciation of “ukulele.”
  • Mike’s a “backseat artist.”
  • W.O.R.M. CANNOT BE OUT-GOTHED.
  • The beauty of old school bar fights.
  • Karen dressed for the occasion.
  • Desi and I are both Niles West High School alums; we were both “Indians” before someone in the school district realized the mascot was offensive
  • The Village Inn menu: Over 100 items?
  • Karen’s realization of Village Inn’s awesomeness: “There’s a bar??”

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’ve known and adored fellow radio personality Tim Virgin for a very long time. For this week’s show, Tim met me at Herm’s Palace, a long-standing hot dog joint in Skokie. I had the Polish sausage with pastrami, he had the fried salami. Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode: Chest hair doesn’t grow as […]