Stories by Erica Gunderson

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.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Hear what viewers had to say about Donald Trump's comments on “second amendment people” when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Bridgeport’s Revenge

Levi Boone and the cocktail he inspired us to make.

Levi Boone was arguably one of the most disliked mayors in Chicago history for his crackdown on immigrants and alcohol. He inspires a frosty, boozy melting pot of Americana.

Ask Geoffrey: Who is Shields, as in ‘35th and Shields’?

Geoffrey Baer shares the story of the remarkable man who gave Sox Park's famous intersection one of its names.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Cautionary Tale

Michael Bilandic and the cocktail he inspired.

One-term Mayor Michael Bilandic’s downfall in 1979 has become a cautionary tale to future would-be mayors of Chicago: Always make sure the snow gets plowed. His chilly defeat inspired this iced cocktail.

Viewer Feedback: Stop Those Who Protest Free Speech

Hear what viewers had to say about our story on DePaul University's decision to bar a conservative speaker when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Crooked Cowboy

William Hale “Big Bill” Thompson and the cocktail he inspired.

William Hale “Big Bill” Thompson was arguably the most corrupt politician Chicago has ever seen. He inspires a bourbon-based cocktail topped off with a taste of Chicago.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Old Shoe

It’s never been easy or popular in America to be an egghead. Just ask Adlai Stevenson, who once remarked, “the way of the egghead is hard.” For a drink befitting Stevenson’s balance and brainpower, we create the Old Shoe from equal parts Old Tom gin, vermouth and applejack.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Pushcart Tony

We honor Anton Cermak’s immigrant story with a Chicago-brewed Czech pilsner, Revolution Brewing’s Rev Pils, and spike it with the spirit of a more recent group of Chicago immigrants: tequila.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the SS Aquarama?

The largest passenger ship to operate in the Great Lakes stopped at Navy Pier in the 1950s. Geoffrey Baer dives into the history of the S.S. Aquarama and more.

Viewer Feedback: ‘These Additions Just Don’t Cut It’

Your thoughts about remodeled Chicago bungalows when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Viewer Feedback: ‘How Does CPS Spend Money it Doesn’t Have?’

Hear what viewers had to say about some of our recent stories when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Swing Bridge

We toast Chicago’s first mayor with a drink that gives a nod to William B. Ogden’s influence on city bridges and railroads: the Boilermaker.

Ask Geoffrey: Earl ‘Madman’ Muntz’s Crazy Chicago Story

Did a used-car salesman design and build his sleek and sporty luxury car right here in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer has that story and more.

Classic Chicago Cocktail: New Deal, Old School

This week, we raise a glass to five-time U.S. Congressman and two-time U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, the O.G. hipster of the Senate, with a new twist on an old-school cocktail.

Ask Geoffrey: What Exactly is the Skokie Ditch?

Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about Chicago's North suburban neighbors in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Viewer Feedback: ‘The People’s Lakefront is Not for Sale’

We got strong reaction from viewers about George Lucas’ decision to build the Lucas Museum in California. Hear what viewers had to say when read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.