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Join lifelong Chicagoan and caffeine fiend Dion McGill as he converses with the varied personalities that make Chicago an amazing city.

Join lifelong Chicagoan and caffeine fiend Dion McGill as he converses with the varied personalities that make Chicago an amazing city.

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United States

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Join lifelong Chicagoan and caffeine fiend Dion McGill as he converses with the varied personalities that make Chicago an amazing city.

Twitter:

@Dionsmusica

Language:

English

Contact:

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Episodes

Episode 32 - Talking Chicago History with Willarene McGill - Part 2!

4/17/2021
Welcome to Off The Beaten Podcast. This episode, continues my conversation with Chicagoan Willarene McGill. This is part 2 of our conversation and continue on from how she got to Chicago, and how she made a way for herself in not only a new city, but a large, segregated city like Chicago, to conversations of politics and changes in the city over time. Resources: https://www.icchicagohotel.com/exploreThe Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang Be...

Duration:01:08:56

Episode 31 - Talking Chicago History w/ Willarene McGill: Part 1

3/31/2021
Welcome to Season 3 of Off The Beaten Podcast. This episode, I sat and talked with my mother, Willarene McGill, who has lived in Chicago since the 60's. I couldn't think of a more perfect person to talk about change over time. This is part 1 of our conversation! We set the stage of where she came from, how she got to Chicago, and how she made a way for herself in not only a new city, but a large, segregated city like Chicago. Resources: https://www.icchicagohotel.com/explore Be sure to...

Duration:00:45:10

NaPodPoMo: Episode 26 - The Final Mile!

3/6/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 26 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I offer thank you's to everyone who joined this adventure, and stuck it out with me along the 24 miles of Chicago south to north. This is mile #24 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party...

Duration:00:07:26

NaPodPoMo: Episode 25 - West Ridge

3/5/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 25 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the community of West Ridge This is mile #23 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your phone handy as you listen, it will make things so much...

Duration:00:07:52

NaPodPoMo: Episode 24 - Rosehill Cemetery

3/4/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 24 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about Rosehill Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Chicago. This is mile #22 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your phone handy as you listen, it...

Duration:00:08:19

NaPodPoMo: Episode 23 - Lincoln Square

2/21/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 23 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the community of Lincoln Square, which not only is where I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but has some of the best cafes in the city! This is mile #21 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but...

Duration:00:14:20

NaPodPoMo Episode 22 - Northcenter

2/7/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 22 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the community area of Northcenter! This is mile #20 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your phone handy as you listen, it will make things...

Duration:00:08:31

NaPodPoMo: Episode 21 - Riverview Park

2/1/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 21 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about Riverview Park, former Chicago amusement park, billed as "the world's largest amusement park" in it's heyday! This is mile #19 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't...

Duration:00:22:27

NaPodPoMo: Episode 20 - Logan Square/Bucktown

1/25/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 20 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the communities of Logan Square and Bucktown. This is mile #18 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your phone handy as you listen, it will...

Duration:00:13:32

NaPodPoMo: Episode 19 - Humboldt Park/Wicker Park

1/21/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 19 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the communities of Humboldt Park and Wicker Park. Did you know that Frank Baum wrote 'Wizard of Oz' while living in Humboldt Park? Well, tune in to this episode to learn a bunch of other things you may not know! This is mile #17 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western...

Duration:00:19:47

NaPodPoMo: Episode 18 - Ukrainian Village

1/13/2021
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 18 of my NaPodPoMo series. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the community area of Ukrainian Village, as well as the local cafe and Chicago coffee powerhouse, Dark Matter Coffee! This is mile #16 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party...

Duration:00:09:22

NaPodPoMo: Episode 17 - Near West Side

12/28/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 17 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the vast community area of the Near West Side, which encompasses a number of Chicago neighborhoods and attractions. This is mile #15 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party...

Duration:00:06:49

NaPodPoMo: Episode 16 - Tri-Taylor Historic District

12/26/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 16 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I talk about one of my favorite independent cafes, Chicago Hope Coffee, as well as one of my least favorite places in the city, The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. We top off the discussion by looking at their surrounding neighborhood, the Tri-Taylor Historic District This is mile #14 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city....

Duration:00:08:53

NaPodPoMo: Episode 15 - Douglass Park

12/14/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 15 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I talk about one of my favorite parks in the city, newly renamed Douglass Park, and one of my favorite events that happen there, Riot Fest! This is mile #13 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the...

Duration:00:15:43

NaPodPoMo: Episode 14 - La Villita (Little Village)

12/8/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 14 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I talk about one of my favorite neighborhoods in this city, La Villita aka Little Village. This is mile #12 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your phone...

Duration:00:10:38

NaPodPoMo - Episode 13: McKinleyPark

12/7/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 13 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the McKinley Park neighborhood. This is mile #11 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your phone handy as you listen, it will make things so...

Duration:00:07:02

NaPodPoMo Episode12 - Back of the Yards

11/30/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 12 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I talk about the Back of the Yards neighborhood? How did it get that name? Let's talk about! This is mile #10 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of 2020 to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We didn't finish in November, but the party don't stop! Make sure you have your...

Duration:00:15:23

NaPodPoMo Episode 11 - The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago

11/18/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 11 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, I briefly talk about the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago. Have you ever been there? This is mile #9 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of November to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We will be dropping 30 episodes during the month of November! Make sure you have your...

Duration:00:13:29

NaPodPoMo: Episode 10 - Gage Park

11/16/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 10 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, we explore Gage Park. We also talk Chicago Bungalows and Chicago Gangs. How do we cover so much ground in one mile? Listen to find out. This is mile #8 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll be taking the rest of November to "Stroll down Western Ave." as part of the National Podcasting Post Month. We will be dropping 30 episodes during...

Duration:00:19:13

NaPodPoMo: Episode 9 - The Dividing Line

11/15/2020
Hey Everyone! It's Episode 9 of NaPodPoMo 2020. On this mile of our journey, we explore three Chicago neighborhoods; Englewood, Chicago Lawn, and Marquette Park, which has a long history of racial strife here in Chicago. Did you know that the National Socialist Party of America, aka, The Nazi Party, had a headquarters in Marquette Park? Well, let's explore! This is mile #7 of our exploration of the longest street in Chicago, Western Ave, which spans 24 miles right through the city. We'll...

Duration:00:15:46