Stories by Erica Gunderson

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.

Ask Geoffrey: What is the Status of the Former Spire?

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

Viewer Feedback: ‘The Wars on Guns Not an Either/Or Proposition’

Hear what viewers had to say about the new water tax hike and our recent interview with Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Story with Ebony Films in Logan Square?

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.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Booth One

Our summer series of politically inspired cocktails has come to an end but goes out with a bang as we look back at a man who encompassed just about everything wrong with Chicago politics – longtime alderman Fred Bruno Roti.

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Crusade Against Air Pollution

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.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Null and Void

Thomas Hoyne

The saddest ballad of all is the ballad of what never was – like the ballad of Thomas Hoyne, who was elected mayor of Chicago, but never served. Belly up to the bar and get a little taste of Chicago’s spirited history.

Original Chicago Cocktail: The Submachine

Our latest cocktail, inspired by Chicago boss William Dawson, brings north and south together with the sweet peaches of Dawson’s ancestral Georgia and the Irish whiskey of Chicago’s rough politics.

Ask Geoffrey: A Look Back at Chicago's Streetcar Era

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