PHOTOS: WGN-TV’s 16th annual Back-to-School Kids Fair

CHICAGO, August 2, 2017 – The 16th annual “WGN-TV Back-to-School Kids Fair” was held Friday, August 11th from 6-9am at the WGN-TV Studios, located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago.  WGN Morning News broadcasted live from the event.  The FREE FAIR featured food, fun, health screenings, safety tips and everything parents need to get kids ready for school.

There was plenty of entertainment including performances from The Jesse White Tumblers, DreamWorks and more.  Fun activities included face painting, a petting zoo, mascots, inflatable Bounce Houses R Us bouncers and a dunk tank. A fashion show was provided by Fashion Outlets of Chicago. O’Leary’s Fire Truck Tours brought a fire truck and a Dalmatian. Kids were also be able to learn new things about the animal kingdom at the Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium booths. The Bronzeville Children’s Museum led the kids in a fun filled STEM arts n’ crafts. The StoryBus and Open Books was available for some reading and story time.

The Happiness Club, The Performer’s School, and magician James Sanden were in attendance and performed for children. A-Z Entertainment DJ/Karaoke, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, and balloon artist Smarty Pants were also present to keep children entertained throughout the morning.

Quill, and Lakeshore Learning generously donated school supplies to Chicago area kids. Aspira Charter Schools of Illinois brought reusable grocery bags and lanyards. Other supplies that were available at the WGN booth’s “Wheel-of-Fun,” compliments of Cook Brothers.  Other “Wheel-of-Fun” sponsors included: Pepsi, Culver’s, SkinnyPop Popcorn, Meridian Health, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Blackhawks. The official T-shirt vendor of the Kids Fair was Art-Flo.

Fairgoers took photos with team mascots from the Chicago Sky (Sky Guy), Chicago Fire (Sparky), Chicago Red Stars (Supernova), Chicago Dogs, Chicago Wolves (Skates), Chicago Cubs (Clark) and Chicago White Sox (Southpaw).

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Care Van provided immunizations to all visitors (PLEASE BRING YOUR IMMUNIZATION RECORDS). In addition, Vision & Sensory Integration Institute, provided free vision screenings, Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Van provided free dental checks. Chicago Health Medical Group gave away activity pads & crayons. PLS® Financial Services handed out backpacks. Others booths included New York Life Insurance Company, Tutoring Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services, Resurrection University, Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, Aspira Charter Schools, and First Student Bus .  Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago were available to help children get ready for the first day of school.

Attendees also checked out the RTA booth, and the Illinois Secretary of State child safety seat checkpoint booth which answered questions about child seat safety. American Income Life provided safety tips.  SportClips generously provided free haircuts to students.  Abt Electronics was on hand with the latest in back-to-school gadgetry. Thanks to Chicagoland North Corvette Club for assisting with parking.

In addition, attendees visited the Dunkin’ Donuts sampling van and Body Armor and Pepsi booth for free refreshments. Connie’s Pizza and Ann Sather joined the fair once again. Eli’s Cheesecake, Power Crunch, GoGo SqueezPretzel Crisps, Moo & Oink, Lifeway Kefir, and Costco provided food and drinks for our guests.

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