Where was Bacon's Arena, the site of Joe Louis' first pro match?

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Geoffrey Baer

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.

Who designed the Marshall Field’s clock?

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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. 

What happened to Goldblatt's? Was there a Nazi rally at Soldier Field in the 1930s?

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Geoffrey Baer

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.

How did Andersonville get its name? Was an artist once shot at the MCA?

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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.

Soldier Field, Dream Lady & Kenwood Branch

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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.

Auto Wash Bowl, Balbo Column & Baldwin Ice Cream

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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.

Fit Firefighters, Addison's Adventureland, and City Sailors

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Geoffrey Baer digs into the history of handball in Chicago firehouses, rides the Cinderella Train at Adventureland, and sails away with the Rainbow Fleet.

Geoffrey Baer Heads to the Pier

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It's finally summer! Geoffrey's headed for the lakefront with three questions about the area around Chicago's most popular tourist destination.

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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.

Gaga for Googie in River North

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Geoffrey Baer visits a towering turtle, diamonds in River North, and a vanishing south side lake.

Muralists Who Painted the Town

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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.

Let's Cross That Bridge When It Swings Shut

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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.

Lake Forest & Streetcar Sandboxes

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Geoffrey Baer looks into the history of the African-American community in Lake Forest and tells the sandy story of a streetcar secret in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Auto Wash Bowl, Balbo Column & Baldwin Ice Cream

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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 week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Trader Vic's & Wrigley Coal

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A viewer remembers a gardenia-garnished cocktail from Trader Vic’s, but can’t recall the name. Geoffrey Baer plays drink detective in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Buildings, Libraries & Train Stations

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Discover Chicago's Ivy League enclave, a no-nastiness library, and a train station namesake on the south side.