In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert Geoffrey Baer revisits a Streeterville puppet show, examines underground architecture on the Blue Line and digs deep into Montrose beach’s history.
Revisit a favorite episode with our resident history expertSep 16, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about a unique painting that adorns an Old Town condo building, a prolific mural painter of the 1920s and '30s, and the origins of a giant map of Chicago that's visible from the river in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey, which originally aired on March 25.
Where was Bacon's Arena, the site of Joe Louis' first pro match?Sep 2, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert goes ringside at Joe Louis' first professional knockout, rides by the site of long-lost Logan Square mansion, and finds out what's cooking at a former bread-baking palace.
What happened to Goldblatt's? Was there a Nazi rally at Soldier Field in the 1930s?Aug 19, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer revisits what was once billed as "America’s Fastest Growing Department Chain" in Back of the Yards, takes us to a 1936 German Day rally at Soldier Field, and finds the location of a star-spangled bridge featured in a photo from the 1960s.
Soldier Field, Dream Lady & Kenwood BranchAug 5, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about a dreamy memorial, Soldier Field no-man's land, and railroad ruins on Chicago's South Side in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.
Fit Firefighters, Addison's Adventureland, and City SailorsJul 1, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer digs into the history of handball in Chicago firehouses, rides the Cinderella Train at Adventureland, and sails away with the Rainbow Fleet.
Who makes the city's flowery fireworks happen every summer? Geoffrey Baer digs into Chicago's public gardens, plus visits West Englewood's Old Abe and a gate to nowhere in Streeterville.
Muralists Who Painted the TownMar 25, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
A Russian-born artist painted the town in the 1930s, but very little of his mural work is left. Where can you see these stunning panels? Geoffrey Baer answers this question and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.
What happened to The Pickle Barrel Restaurant in Old Town?Sep 8, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert Geoffrey Baer gets schooled at Midway Airport, snags a free pickle at a long-lost Old Town favorite, and soars with 19 terracotta eagles in Lakeview.
Who designed the Marshall Field’s clock?Aug 26, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, viewers ask our local history expert about the Marshall Field’s clock, a World War II memorial in Lincoln Park and the Chicago Federal Building’s dome.
How did Andersonville get its name? Was an artist once shot at the MCA?Aug 13, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer visits an artist under glass, gets that sinking feeling at a Jackson Park garden, and reveals the hej hej history of the Andersonville neighborhood's name.
Auto Wash Bowl, Balbo Column & Baldwin Ice CreamJul 29, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer tells a sweet South Side success story, tests the waters at an unusual car wash, and finds the facts behind a fascist monument in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.
Geoffrey Baer Heads to the PierJun 24, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
It's finally summer! Geoffrey's headed for the lakefront with three questions about the area around Chicago's most popular tourist destination.
Gaga for Googie in River NorthApr 29, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer visits a towering turtle, diamonds in River North, and a vanishing south side lake.
Let's Cross That Bridge When It Swings ShutMar 18, 2015 | | Post a Comment > >
Geoffrey Baer tours a Miracle House, swings by a bobtail swing bridge, and makes some noise at a silent film studio in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.