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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.

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.

Honorary Ways, Silver Skates & Chicago River

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Geoffrey Baer gets the cold, hard truth on why the Chicago River doesn't freeze over even during Chicago's bitter winters in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Zany ZIP Codes, Teamsters' Chicago Origins, and We <3 the Passing Show

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Geoffrey Baer puts Chicago ZIP codes in order, traces the beginnings of the Teamsters union, and tells the story of the show behind a heart of silver in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Free Museum Visits, Camels & Remittance Drive

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Geoffrey Baer answers your questions about visiting local museums for free, camels in Chicago, and how to get to Remittance Drive in this web exclusive edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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.

Wicker Park Buildings High & Low, Gage Park's Pioneers

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Geoffrey Baer answers your questions about Wicker Park buildings high and low, and Gage Park's pioneers, in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

St. Ignatius, "I Will" Statue, & Frog Creek

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Geoffrey Baer uncovers the origins of St. Ignatius College Prep's building fragments and more in this revisited edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Geoffrey Baer visits the site of a famously tiny Loop restaurant, a suburban neighborhood endorsed by an Olympian, and those scary steel fire escapes on downtown buildings.