Unless you run in nerdy history circles, chances are you’ve never heard of Cora Strayer, private detective. Belly up to the bar for a history lesson—with a spirited twist.
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Was the design of White Castle restaurants based on a Chicago landmark? Geoffrey Baer has the answers you crave.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet would have celebrated her 100th birthday this week. We take some poetic license ourselves with the Jazz June, a gin-based cocktail with a spring of fragrant lavender.
Chicago loves its history as much as its hooch, so we’re back for another round of cocktails that celebrate Chicago’s finest – or most infamous, and we’re kicking the series off with the undisputed queen of Chicago society.
A new exhibit aims to be an immersive experience that brings the 2015 movie and its gigantic reptilian stars to life.
Is monogamy the gold standard for romantic relationships, or is more better?
Plump, sun-ripened tomatoes are indisputably the crown jewel of home vegetable gardens, and a successful tomato crop means giving them the best start possible. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her tomato tips.
A new pricing structure at the Shedd Aquarium gets viewers talking.
In the early days of their existence, Chicago’s street gangs developed some unique conventions that, ironically, helped law enforcement track them down. We took a look at the history of Chicago’s gang sweaters.
Our story about a chicken-rental company gets viewers clucking.
For decades, a cocktail called the Downscope was served up at Skipper’s Marina on the Calumet River. Its recipe was a closely guarded secret, until now. Geoffrey Baer tells us what's up with the Downscope in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.
Hear what viewers had to say about our discussion of whether or not hate crimes are on the rise.
A new chapter in Chicago’s cultural offerings begins this week.
Brew news with Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee.
Geoffrey Baer explores an eccentric architect’s wacky proposal for the World’s Fair.
A Portage Park range takes a whack at bringing axe-throwing to Chicago.
Viewers summed up their thoughts about math after our talk with "Beyond Infinity" author Eugenia Cheng.
Since about 1915, a 7-foot-tall stone man has been shouldering a heavy burden on the corner of a Southeast Side building — more than hundred years without a break! But there’s some debate as to exactly who he is.
We visit a small company in Garfield Park that is hoping to revive the Chicago apparel industry with a combination of American materials and immigrant know-how.
Viewers respond to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statements on the state of Illinois’ finances.
In a new graphic novel from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, teens – past, present and future – traipse through Chicago neighborhoods to ponder some big questions, such as: What makes a community?
Many believe there is a fault line that divides Chicago, pitting brother against brother in a long-standing crosstown rivalry. But a viewer wonders if that historic boundary is a myth.
Author Ted McClelland’s idea of annexing suburbs to Chicago to boost the city’s population had viewers talking.
A big show is brewing under the big top, with a cast and crew of more than 200 – plus 65 horses. We go behind the scenes of “Odysseo.”