12 episodes

Historically, Chicago is made up of 77 neighborhoods with their own stories to tell. Only separated by blocks, woven in the microcosm that gives Chicago its unique taste, its people are the epitome of true grit. Each neighborhood, held together with blood, sweat, and tears that are now traditions, giving us this amazing collection of stories from each neighborhood. That is true Chicago.

Chicago's newest neighborhood is being developed right now. It's called 78. Chicago, as in the 78th Chicago neighborhood. There you have it, this site is dedicated to all the stories in the 78 neighborhoods.

The 78 Tom Barnas

    • Society & Culture

Historically, Chicago is made up of 77 neighborhoods with their own stories to tell. Only separated by blocks, woven in the microcosm that gives Chicago its unique taste, its people are the epitome of true grit. Each neighborhood, held together with blood, sweat, and tears that are now traditions, giving us this amazing collection of stories from each neighborhood. That is true Chicago.

Chicago's newest neighborhood is being developed right now. It's called 78. Chicago, as in the 78th Chicago neighborhood. There you have it, this site is dedicated to all the stories in the 78 neighborhoods.

    The One With Superdawg, The Origins of the Italian Beef Sandwich and The Mystery Of Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers

    The One With Superdawg, The Origins of the Italian Beef Sandwich and The Mystery Of Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers

    In this podcast episode, Tom Barnas discusses various topics related to Chicago, including the history of Superdawg, the origin of the Italian beef sandwich, the story of Judy Garland's ruby slippers, the challenges faced by small businesses like Heritage Bikes and Coffee, and the unique performance style of the band Future Islands.

    • 19 min
    THE ONE WITH NAVY PIER, THE ELECTRIC FUNERAL BAR, THE HARDCORE HEARSE CLUB, AND THE MAILBOAT JUMPERS

    THE ONE WITH NAVY PIER, THE ELECTRIC FUNERAL BAR, THE HARDCORE HEARSE CLUB, AND THE MAILBOAT JUMPERS

    In this podcast episode, Tom Barnas talks about various stories and places in Chicago. He mentions the Punchbowl Social in the West Loop, Lake Geneva and the mailboat jumpers, the Electric Funeral Bar in Bridgeport, Local Goods Chicago, the Hardcore Hearse Club, and his experience organizing block parties at WGN and CBS. Tom emphasizes the uniqueness and positive aspects of Chicago and encourages people to appreciate the city.

    • 14 min
    THE ONE ABOUT THE ALLEY'S 48TH ANNIVERSARY ON CHICAGO'S PUNK AND GOTH SCENE, KUMA'S CORNER AND SUMMER CAMP SKETCH REVUE

    THE ONE ABOUT THE ALLEY'S 48TH ANNIVERSARY ON CHICAGO'S PUNK AND GOTH SCENE, KUMA'S CORNER AND SUMMER CAMP SKETCH REVUE

    This podcast episode covers several stories from Chicago, including the 48th anniversary of The Alley, a jewelry business turned punk store. It also discusses Kuma's Corner, a unique burger joint known for its heavy metal theme, and the Winnetka Music Festival, started by Val Heller of ValsList.com. The episode concludes with a mention of the Summer Camp Sketch Comedy Show and the I Am a Man mural in Bucktown Wicker Park

    • 14 min
    THE ONE WITH COMMON DECENCY, THE ORIGINS OF MEMORIAL DAY, BALLON BOMBS AND A HORROR COFFEE SHOP

    THE ONE WITH COMMON DECENCY, THE ORIGINS OF MEMORIAL DAY, BALLON BOMBS AND A HORROR COFFEE SHOP

    In this podcast episode, Tom Barnas talks about various experiences he had in and around Chicago. He mentions visiting a retro cocktail bar called Common Decency, posting a story about the origins of Memorial Day, exploring Omaha, Nebraska, and discovering the history of balloon bombs during World War II. He also discusses a book called 'Made in Chicago' that highlights the origins of popular local foods, a horror-themed coffee shop called The Brood, and the Pullman neighborhood and its historical significance.

    • 19 min
    THE ONE WITH CINDY FEE, BLUEY, MAYFESTIVERSARY, THE OPENING OF CASTAWAYS AND MEMORIAL DAY

    THE ONE WITH CINDY FEE, BLUEY, MAYFESTIVERSARY, THE OPENING OF CASTAWAYS AND MEMORIAL DAY

    In this podcast episode, Tom Barnas interviews two amazing women: Amy Bazzari, author of 'The Best Hits on the Blues Highway,' and Cindy Fee, the voice behind the Golden Girls theme song. Tom also discusses the history of Chess Records and its influence on the Rolling Stones. He covers other topics such as the Bluey exhibit, summer festivals in Chicago, and the reopening of Castaways restaurant at North Avenue Beach. The episode concludes with a random story about the bronze ducks on Milwaukee's Riverwalk.

    • 17 min
    THE ONE WITH STORY OF LOTTIE'S PUB AND THE 90 YEARS IN BUCKTOWN, JIM BACHOR POTHOLE ART, A NON ALCOHOLIC BREWERY, AND AMY BIZZARI'S BLUES HIGHWAY BOOK FROM CHESS RECORDS

    THE ONE WITH STORY OF LOTTIE'S PUB AND THE 90 YEARS IN BUCKTOWN, JIM BACHOR POTHOLE ART, A NON ALCOHOLIC BREWERY, AND AMY BIZZARI'S BLUES HIGHWAY BOOK FROM CHESS RECORDS

    In this podcast episode, Tom Barnes discusses various topics including Amy Bazzari's book about the Blues Highway, Lottie's Pub in Bucktown, and his recent experiences in Naperville at Go Brewing and Cocoa Beach Pier. He also highlights the artwork of Jim Bachor and the art of tufting at Pop Craft Studios in Uptown. Tom emphasizes the importance of celebrating local gems like Lottie's Pub and encourages people to explore the community and support small businesses.

    • 16 min

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