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To honor the first women of Chicago’s City Council, we mix smoky mezcal and bright grapefruit juice. It’s sweet but not too sweet, sharp but never bitter, and tough enough to duke it out with the best (or worst) of ‘em. 

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Secret handshakes, arcane symbols and initiation rites are all hallmarks of the Freemasons, an organization shrouded in mystery. Geoffrey Baer explores their history in Chicago in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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"We dedicate this celebrated work this morning with the belief that what is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow,” former Mayor Richard J. Daley said at the statue’s unveiling in 1967.

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From the start, young Miss Potter was a virtual word machine, publishing a book of verse at age 12. This week, we mix up a deceptively delicate cocktail inspired by the original pink drink. Cheers!

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“Young Lincoln” by Charles Keck

Geoffrey Baer has the story of a statue's journey from a library to a North Side park in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”  

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(Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation)

A new graphic novel wants to empower Chicago teenagers to push for the city they deserve. Meet one of the teens who created the book.

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We raise a glass to a pair of sisters who made a fortune as brothel owners in the City of Big Shoulders with a ladylike drink.

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For decades, it’s been the one place in Chicago where you can get a giant serving of corned beef or pastrami, with some juicy political gossip on the side. 

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Unpublished work © 2017 The Estate of Vivian Maier. All rights reserved

A relatively small but significant trove of photographs by Vivian Maier has a new home at the University of Chicago Library.

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For decades, the steel industry forged Chicago’s industrial spine. Now, we forge a no-nonsense drink for the no-nonsense lady who brought the titans of steel to their knees.

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(Photo: James Blair)

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams spend a lot of time digging through old photos of Chicago, and together have created 14 stunning books. Take a look at their latest, “Chicago: Classic Photographs.”

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We raise a glass to one of the first female architects in the U.S. with a rum-based sipper that creates beauty from the sour, the bitter and the strange.

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(Credit: Larry Broutman)

You’ve heard Chicago described as the City of Big Shoulders and the City of Neighborhoods. Writer and photographer Larry Broutman offers yet another nickname: the City of Monuments. Learn why.

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William J. Martin appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 5, 2016.

The man who led the prosecution of Richard Speck for the brutal murder of eight Chicago nurses died Friday. We revisit last year’s interview with William Martin.

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We toast the analytical chemist and former South Side resident by switching up the elements of a classic Manhattan.

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(Chicago Voz / Luiz Magaña)

When a developer painted over a beloved and iconic mural on a shuttered Pilsen community center last month, the response was swift and strong.