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Chicago’s beaches – more than two dozen of ‘em – opened for the season Friday. Here are 10 things you may not know about the city’s sandy side.

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In 1908, boxer Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title – at a time when whites and blacks rarely entered the same ring.

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A viewer wants to know why the towers atop an iconic Chicago skyscraper have changed height. Geoffrey Baer proves himself equal to the task in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

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(Johnny Knight / Statue Stories Chicago)

The public art exhibit Statue Stories Chicago was slated to end this August. But Abe Lincoln, Leif Erikson and Cloud Gate won’t fall silent anytime soon.

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(Courtesy Chicago Park District and Chicago History Museum)

“From Swans to Science: 150 Years of Lincoln Park Zoo” takes visitors on a journey through the zoo’s 150-year history, which started with a gift of four swans in 1868.

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For 45 year, Studs Terkel took WFMT radio listeners along for an amazing and crazy ride. Now, thousands of hours of his radio show are being digitized and posted online for free.

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A viewer spots a Blue Island building with an image of three chain links on its facade. Geoffrey Baer has the scoop on the odd fellows behind that insignia in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

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Horween Leather has some high-profile clients. And if you’re a sports fan, chances are you’ve seen their work at play.

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What became of the Loop restaurant where Mayor Richard J. Daley had his power breakfasts? Geoffrey Baer has the story.

Proposal details 1,400-foot tower, 300 new condos

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A rendering of the proposed skyscraper on the Tribune Tower site. If built, the building would be the second tallest in Chicago. (Golub & Co. / CIM)

The site of the Tribune Tower will include nearly 300 condominiums and what would be one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers under a new redevelopment proposal developers believe will both revitalize and preserve the international landmark.

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Al Capone, Mount Carmel Cemetery (Credit: Larry Broutman)

A new book by author and photographer Larry Broutman highlights headstones, monuments and memorials at more than 30 area cemeteries.

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The Fair Housing Act of 1968 promised equal access to the housing market for African-Americans. But 50 years later, some say the landmark legislation didn’t go far enough.

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Geoffrey Baer hits a triple with three questions about Wrigley Field. 

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At age 91, the jazz guitarist is a living legend from Chicago’s first family of music. We pay him a visit.

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From left: Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance.

That storied and unstoppable Cubs double-play combination of “Tinker to Evers to Chance” is chronicled in a new book. We talk Cubs history with author David Rapp.

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “Mountaintop” speech on April 3, 1968.

It is a moment seared in the memories of so many Americans: the day in 1968 they learned that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was there, and he shares his memories with Chicago Tonight.