South Side Pod

South Side Pod

Chicago‘s South Side Podcast. Restaurant Reviews, Local Music, Brewery Tours, Your Neighbors. #30MinutesOfGood

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August 11, 2022 30 min

We're walking through Lemont from Nick's Tavern to Matt's Barbecue to get a history lesson, meet some fun locals, and learn the long & short histories of both locations. Mike Pankow from Windy City Slam pops by to talk about the South Side pro-wrestling scene and a must-see show at Thornton Distilling this weekend. Plus, we have a grizzly bear running straight at one of us! (Yep, that's real and we have the audi...

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A Blue Island landmark re-opens this weekend in a big way as The Lyric Theater returns. Pat Disabato sits down with us talk about the historic theater a few blocks from his house and why he is part of the group that has created a unique movie theater that will also bring live music, comedy acts and local events back to the heart of Blue Island. We also talk with our entertainment insider Ben Belton about Marvel, DC and why The Lyri...

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July 28, 2022 32 min

Eric Kristensen of Q101 joins us with backstage vibes and practical tips for anyone going to Lollapalooza this weekend. Based on the big groups you are planning to see, find out the smaller bands you must check out as well. We also unveil the "Top Five Craft Beers On The South Side Right Now!" And check out a beautiful hidden golf range as well. We have live music, festivals and events for the kids from Palos Heights, Oak L...

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This week South Side Pod sits down with Father Tom Hurley, who brings South Side Summerfest to Marist High School this weekend. Turns out this priest has been throwing big parties around town for years! We're also drinking a beer named after a war veteran...horse...at a bar made out of bowling lanes and railroad tracks. Plus, local events from Palos Heights, Oak Lawn, Blue Island, Lemont and more in "30 Minutes Of Good!"...

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July 14, 2022 34 min

Sit down this week with Neal Gibbons of Graveside Paranormal as he prepares for Parapalooza 2022 in Bridgeview. The all day event is July 23rd and should bring out quite an interesting crowd. Hear all about this weekend's great events on the South Side and learn how you can help a local hero after tragedy stuck this past weekend. Music, laughs, local flavor and more in just "30 Minutes of Good!"

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July 6, 2022 31 min

A unique week for our hosts presents the opportunity to have a taste of many local eateries, breweries and personalities in "30 Minutes of Good!" Enjoy a few local beers, taste an incredible pizza, prepare for Lollapalooza, and meet a politician who came on our podcast before winning a primary election. (How did THAT happen?!) Plus, plan this weekend with us too.

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June 30, 2022 32 min

After Lemont boasted about their fireworks on last week's episode, Palos Heights responds. Lauren Koszola joins up with their competing show this weekend and big events in Palos this July. We also visit with Papa Hops organizers Tommy and Liam Hopkins. Get ready for the south side's biggest 16" softball tournament with us. And Mike found love once online...almost. Was it because of the cheese? Join us for "30 Minute...

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June 23, 2022 33 min

Hailstorm Brewing in Tinley Park celebrated 8 years last week, and we shared some great beer and laughs with them. The folks from Lemont also join us this week with a boast of the "Best Fireworks in Chicagoland" spoken loud and clear on this episode. Hear about street parties, food truck festivals and more. And Lorraine Swanson of The Patch preps us for election primaries next week, with a look at a hotly contested race on ...

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June 16, 2022 31 min

Meet a south side boat captain and find out how he went from Evergreen Park to Lemont to the Navy to a Lake Michigan Fire Boat Tour. The only two questions we really have for him is if we can use the fire hose...and the dumbest question you've ever heard. We're also talking "Heat Wave Drinking" at Open Outcry Brewing. Plus, the search for Ms. South Side Pod heats up! It's going to be a hot weekend. Join us for &...

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June 9, 2022 32 min

The South Side has a lot of first generation Americans as part of our culture. We sit down with two of them as they talk about celebrating Bloomsday. (You may want to join them, too.) We also bring the kids along to Blue Island Beer Company. While Dad samples a classic brew, they try out craft soda pop made at the brewery. Beware of cemetery drivers. You may end up a permanent resident! Join us for "30 Minutes of Good!"

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June 3, 2022 32 min

We're chilling on the patio of Flossmoor Station Brewing Company next to their soon-to-open caboose bar and tasting new summer brews. We also are preparing for a pig roast and weekend party at Rock Island Public House in Blue Island. This may be why the coaster seats at Great America seemed a little small for one of the guys this week. This is not a diet show. It's "30 Minutes of Good!"

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We are all over the South Side of Chicago this week with a trip to Pollyanna Brewing Company, where after tasting some beer we also learn about a distillery they will open later this year. Ever try bourbon brand new and straight from the barrel? We did. We are also chatting with a south side couple who planted pepper fields in their neighbors' backyards. It is all part of their new hot sauce sompany. The first Ms. South Side Po...

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May 19, 2022 29 min

The South Side of Chicago has something for everyone, including those that was farm-to-table beef. We're at Horse Thief Hollow this week to learn how their beef goes from an Indiana farm to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood to their tables in Beverly. For the next week they have fresh beef and some cuts you can't find anywhere in the state! We are tasting beers, being bad environmentalists...

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May 12, 2022 34 min

Chicago radio mainstay James VanOsdol has gone full-time podcaster, and now he is trying to grow the community in the Chicago area. He stops by South Side Pod with plans for a Chicago Podcast Day event on May 21st. We'll also get his thoughts on the return of his former radio station Q101. Can the puddles in BLUE ISLAND harm you? Is the PALOS HEIGHTS Farmer's Market back? Are you supposed to tip now at Wendys? We have answe...

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May 4, 2022 35 min

We have fun from a huge party in BLUE ISLAND with local artists and start-up businesses, hot sauces & Mayor Fred Bilotto taste-testing beers. We're also celebrating the 6th Anniversary of Evil Horse Brewing in CRETE. Parties in ASHBURN, bands in CRESTWOOD and the Kentucky Derby in...well...Kentucky. Did you get your Mother's Day gift yet? 

Recorded at a 9-foot homemade oak bar in a basement on the South Side of Chicago....

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April 28, 2022 33 min

Police and Fire face off in a brewing contest for a great cause at Horse Thief Hollow in BEVERLY, and we're chatting with one of the organizers from Bank the Blue. A high school teacher in ORLAND PARK makes us a customized beer mug for use at Open Outcry Brewing. We prepare to hang out with you at Mai Fest in BLUE ISLAND. We have weekend events in CRETE and LEMONT. We have live music in BRIDGEVIEW, EVERGREEN PARK & MERRIONE...

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April 21, 2022 35 min

We are heading to LANSING this week to visit One Trick Pony, the hidden brewery that takes you back to local brewing roots. Jason Berry joins us from the Village of LEMONT to break down several weeks of fun from one of the best daytrip locations in all of Chicagoland. From BLUE ISLAND, PALOS, EVERGREEN PARK, BEVERLY & beyond, we have local free concerts, bowling alley showdowns and fires in the sky for you in "30 Minutes of...

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April 14, 2022 31 min

A south suburb has been named "Tree City USA" and we have one of the main folks behind it as Earth Day & Arbor Day approach. A couple of middle-aged men try to figure out who all these acts are on the Lollapalooza schedule. We also address an ugly incident in Blue Island, where we will be for happier times when Mai Fest arrives on April 30th. We'll try not to get too braggy in "30 Minutes of Good!"

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April 5, 2022 29 min

South Side Pod has booked our first public festival appearance of the spring, and we have John Streetz on to tell you about the huge event known as Mai Fest coming to Blue Island on April 30th. We also have some fun with high school dance season, all while wondering why people are just giving away their DNA these days. Plus learn about all of this weeks news and events in "30 Minutes Of Good!"

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March 24, 2022 30 min

We are in Blue Island trying a beer from Blue Island Beer Company with a comic book feel. The guys wrap their head around being dads during high school dance season. A contest involving White Sox players Liam Hendriks and Jake Burger needs your vote. Plus, we compare Australia's greatest enemy to our own. Get the lowdown on south side news and weekend events in "30 Minutes of Good!"

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