In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert goes ringside at Joe Louis' first professional knockout, rides by the site of long-lost Logan Square mansion, and finds out what's cooking at a former bread-baking palace.
Where was Bacon's Arena, the site of Joe Louis' first pro match?
Boxing Club Gives Youth Hope One Punch at a Time
Now that school is out, and summer has officially begun, children can be seen running, playing, and riding their bikes down their blocks; the same blocks where you can hear gunshots, cries, and whispers of retaliation. As the temperature outside rises, it often appears that the violence that plagues some of Chicago’s neighborhoods does too. Learn about a boxing gym that helps rehabilitate Englewood’s youth.
We meet Chicago-area native Mike Lee, a Notre Dame finance grad who is climbing the ranks of the boxing world.