A Nocturnal Journal online exclusive: Lakeview’s Golden Apple Grill and Breakfast House

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Dave Hoekstra visits the legendary Golden Apple diner at 2971 N. Lincoln Avenue for an off-the-air podcast event.

(0:00)  First, we get a look at the history of the diner and some night shift stories with longtime waitress Bridget Bullistron and owner Nick Alex.

(14:08) Artist Steve Connell talks about his “Chicago Night” series of paintings which capture the visual aesthetic of night life in various neighborhood spots around the city.  He also discusses the Edward Hopper influence in his work and moving his art into the digital age through painting on an iPad.

(25:47) Neighborhood raconteur Shelley Howard joins the show for a discussion on the evolution of the neighborhood throughout the Apple’s existence, his work as an artist for Jam Productions, the changing nature of promotional art in the music business, and his status as the new “Mayor of Rush Street”.

(41:48)  Holy Cow! Harry Caray drops by to talk Cubs, his favorite meal at the Golden Apple, the changes to Wrigley Field since his death, and more.

(49:05) Harry Caray impersonator Matt Wagner discusses the summer of ’84 as the catalyst for his love of the Cubs, working as a WGN intern years ago, why Harry didn’t care for impressions of himself and more.



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