Stories by Erica Gunderson

Adulting, Hygge and Xenophobia: The 2016 Words of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for word nerds! We take a look at the candidates for 2016’s word of the year.

Viewer Feedback: ‘What a Bunch of Crybabies’

Viewers were nearly unanimous in their disapproval for the six state lawmakers suing Illinois for their paychecks. 

Are Americans Dying Younger? A Closer Look at Report on Life Expectancy

For the first time in more than two decades, American life expectancy is dropping. Is this cause for alarm?

Ask Geoffrey: Where Does Chicago’s Water Go?

Geoffrey Baer dives into the history of Chicago’s water and answers viewer questions about ghostly paper images haunting a South Side neighborhood and memories of a space-themed park.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Go Home and Start Your Application’

Here’s what some of you had to say about Chicago immigrants worried about their status since the election when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ask Geoffrey: Was That Really 5 Million People?

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.

Author Makes Case for Edith Wilson as ‘Madam President’

Did America have a woman president nearly a century ago? The author of a new book argues that President Woodrow Wilson’s wife Edith was more than a first lady.

Cubs Newbies Weigh in on World Series Win

Naysa, Yasmyn and Maya (Erica Gunderson / Chicago Tonight)

What does it feel like to be part of the Cubs’ new tradition of forever flying the W? We asked a few Cubs newbies who attended the championship rally.

Cubs Grind Out Game 7 to Win World Series

Before the locker room champagne showers, there were 10 innings of fever-pitch drama. We take you through the twists and turns of World Series Game 7.

Ask Geoffrey: The History of Freemasonry in Chicago

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.

How Early Voting is Shaping the Presidential Election

Clinton’s emails and Trump’s taxes are dogging their respective campaigns. A look at the latest developments in the presidential election.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Some Aldermen Are Clueless’

Viewers were unanimous in their disdain for aldermen griping over losing out on face-value World Series tickets. Hear the details when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Making a Living Painting the Dead

Russell Duffer shows off a Cubs-themed pinstripes-and-ivy paint job courtesy of makeup artist Colleen Jones. (Erica Gunderson / Chicago Tonight)

Ghouls, wounds and zombies are just another day at the office for an Albany Park special effects shop.

Chicago Cubs Win Game 5, Send World Series Back to Cleveland

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Chicago Cubs fans celebrate Sunday night’s win over the Cleveland Indians. (Credit: MLB / Twitter)

The Cubs face another do-or-die game Tuesday night in Cleveland. What did this weekend's home games mean for the local economy?

Ask Geoffrey: A Special Navy Pier Edition

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

Viewer Feedback: ‘This is Such a Stupid Idea’

Our story on the state closure of emission testing facilities within the city of Chicago got viewers talking. Hear what they had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Chicago Cubs Head to World Series

They're still lovable, but they're not losers anymore! Previewing the Cubs vs. Indians World Series and what it all means for Chicago.

Viewer Feedback: ‘There Are Far More Pressing Needs for Money’

An alderman’s plans for extending the 606 bike trail got viewers talking. Hear what they had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Plan for Lake Calumet?

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.

Inside Out: New Book Spotlights Great Chicago Interiors

A new book gives the inside scoop on some of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Horror Flick or a Crime Thriller?’

Just what genre is the new movie about House Speaker Michael Madigan? Hear what viewers had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ask Geoffrey: What Was a Manure Monger?

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.

Jim Deshaies Gives His Take on Cubs’ October Hopes

The Cubs begin their quest to end a 108-year drought. The team’s broadcaster Jim Deshaies is here to talk Cub-tober.

Ask Geoffrey: A League of Chicago’s Own

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.