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The city estimates about five million people attended the Nov. 4 rally and parade. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

The Cubs rally brought throngs of fans to Grant Park. But was it really the biggest gathering ever in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer counts heads in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

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Secret handshakes, arcane symbols and initiation rites are all hallmarks of the Freemasons, an organization shrouded in mystery. Geoffrey Baer talks about the Freemasons and their history in Chicago.

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Geoffrey Baer answers your questions about Navy Pier and previews his new documentary about the Pier that premieres Thursday night.

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Lake Calumet (Tom Kort / boatnerd.com)

Lake Calumet has changed shape and purpose many times over the years. Geoffrey Baer takes a look at its past and future in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Before automobiles, Chicago basically ran on horsepower. Find out how the city kept its streets free of manure in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Chicago women had a professional baseball league of their own in the 1940s and '50s. We revisit Geoffrey Baer's story of the National Girls Baseball League.

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In this week's edition of “Ask Geoffrey,” find out the “hole” story about the spire that was not to be.

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An African-American movie studio in Logan Square made silent films that got people talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Geoffrey Baer shares the story of Ebony Films and more in this week's encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about Chicago's North suburban neighbors in this week's encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Not that long ago, air pollution from burning coal made the Windy City more like the Smoggy City. Geoffrey Baer tells us how Chicago cleaned up its act, and shares other stories about Chicago history in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Geoffrey Baer tracks down answers for three questions about Chicago's bygone streetcar heyday in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Geoffrey Baer shares the story of the remarkable man who gave Sox Park's famous intersection one of its names.

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The largest passenger ship to operate in the Great Lakes stopped at Navy Pier in the 1950s. Geoffrey Baer dives into the history of the S.S. Aquarama and more.

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Did a used-car salesman design and build his sleek and sporty luxury car right here in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer has that story and more.

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Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about Chicago's North suburban neighbors in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Chicago street signs have it pretty tough. They get battered by the elements, vandalized, stolen – and worst of all, they get no gratitude for helping people navigate our city. Let’s tip our hats to Chicago’s poor unheralded street signs with two questions about these everyday heroes.

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