Apr 16, 2024 - Culture

New TV show solves great Chicago mysteries

Photo of Geoffrey Baer in a bar.

WTTW Chicago Mysteries host Geoffrey Baer tries his first Chicago Handshake. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Last summer, I ran around town with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer to answer some crucial local questions about Malört and ketchup — but not mixed together.

Why it matters: This culinary sleuthing was part of a show called "Chicago Mysteries," which debuts Tuesday on WTTW-11 at 7pm.

How it works: Baer also enlisted the expertise of meteorologist Tom Skilling, writer Robert Loerzel, reporter Jon Hilkevitch and historian Shermann "Dilla" Thomas, among others.

  • They solve mysteries ranging from why we had a UFO sighting at O'Hare and a ghost in a sausage factory to how we got an alligator in Humboldt Park and a Leaning Tower in Niles.

If you miss it Tuesday, you can still check out the program and more investigations—including one where Baer tries his first Chicago Handshake—on the Chicago Mysteries website.

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