Stories by Erica Gunderson

Ask Geoffrey: 12/17

Kiosk Sphinx, Downtown Bank, & Hyde Park Church

Why did beautiful bronze reliefs at a Hyde Park church create an artistic controversy? Geoffrey Baer answers this question and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Free Museum Visits, Camels & Remittance Drive

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.

Ask Geoffrey: 11/19

Soldier Field, Dream Lady & Kenwood Branch

Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about a dreamy memorial, Soldier Field no man's land, and railroad ruins on Chicago's South Side.

Ask Geoffrey: 11/12

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

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.

Ask Geoffrey: 11/5

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

Ask Geoffrey: 10/15

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.

Ask Geoffrey: 10/8

In tonight’s edition of Ask Geoffrey, we revisit Chicago’s School Street, the history of Chicago’s civil defense unit, and a tree planted by Ulysses Grant in a South Side park.

Ask Geoffrey: 9/24

Mt. Prospect's Missing Mountain

Geoffrey Baer climbs the highest heights in Chicagoland, gets on his soapbox at Bughouse Square, and tours Chicago via World War I monuments in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Ask Geoffrey: 9/18

Geoffrey Baer cruises down the neon highway, revisits the toll roads of yesteryear, and recalls the days the sport of kings was king in Chicago sports. 

Ask Geoffrey: 8/6

Geoffrey Explains Why There’s a Fish in a Tree, More

Why is there a trout among the trees alongside Golf Road? Geoffrey Baer tells the story of the one that got away and answers other viewer questions in tonight’s Ask Geoffrey.

Ask Geoffrey: 7/30

"L" Cars, & Catalpa Avenue

Geoffrey Baer tells us what's at the end of the line for old "L" cars and more as we revisit a previous edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Ask Geoffrey: 7/23

The Fall of Icarus and a 1980 Grand Prix

Geoffrey Baer revisits an iconic movie car chase and some mythological metaphors in tonight's edition of Ask Geoffrey. 

Ask Geoffrey: 7/16

Geoffrey Baer answers some of our viewers' questions in tonight's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Ask Geoffrey: 7/9

Street Names, Operation Skywatch, & More

Geoffrey Baer talks plotters and spotters, is a boulder beholder, and beats feet on School Street.

Ask Geoffrey 6/19

Geoffrey Revisits 100 Years of History at Wrigley Field

Geoffrey Baer turns the lights on at the Auditorium Theatre, tells us where the hulking gas holding tanks went, and revisits 100 years of history at Wrigley Field in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey. 

Ask Geoffrey: 6/12

Geoffrey Baer explores how postal workers almost foiled the plans for D-Day, Chicago's sweet history of candymakers, and a grisly Lakeview murder legend.

Ask Geoffrey: 5/28

Geoffrey tracks down a missing fountain, a stockyards priest and mysterious sand dunes in tonight’s edition of "Ask Geoffrey."

Ask Geoffrey: 5/7

Geoffrey Uncovers Missing Mahler Brother and More

Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about a missing Mahler brother, Chicago’s hippie haven, and Evanston’s Cary Grant connection in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey. 

Ask Geoffrey: 4/23

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

Geoffrey Baer uncovers the origins of St. Ignatius College Prep's building fragments and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Ask Geoffrey: 4/2

"L" Cars, Catalpa Avenue, & Melody Mill Ballroom

Geoffrey Baer tells us what's at the end of the line for old "L" cars and more in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Ask Geoffrey: The Maritime Connection to Chicago’s Firehouses

Geoffrey Baer sheds some light on a colorful Chicago firehouse tradition that has a maritime connection, the real life Mr. Selfridge’s time in Chicago and the location of the city’s first revolving doors this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.