Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor and Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor and co-host of the Steve Cochran show on WGN Radio, reporter/weekend break features on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts.”

During her 20-year tenure at WGN, Andrea has won a multitude of awards from the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has five IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast”, two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio- and recently won the IBA Silver Dome award for “Best Reporter” for 2017.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics.

Recent Articles
  • Thornton Township ‘Christmas Care’ program makes an impact

    CHICAGO — South Suburban Thornton Township doesn’t just talk about being a caring community, they put it into action. Each year, they have a “Christmas Care” program that continues to grow. The program expects to hand out nearly 5000 toys and more than 7000 food boxes to about 500 members of the Thornton Township community this holiday season. WGN’s Andrea Darlas found out how it’s impacting lives.

  • Merchandise Mart’s ‘One of a Kind Show’ showcases unique, original artwork

    CHICAGO — Whether you’re into pop culture, Chicago images, illuminated sculptures or just looking for that perfect Christmas gift, the Merchandise Mart’s One of a Kind Show features artists from all over the world. New Orleans native Amanda Bennett attended this year’s show. She uses midcentury advertising and female empowerment with a little bit of social commentary, as her inspiration. Ray Zovar was on hand displaying his 3-D illuminating free standing sculptures. Zovar, a One of a Kind Show veteran, said he loves displaying his art in the […]

  • Winter storm hits northwest Indiana

    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Northwest Indiana got the worst of Saturday’s wintry weather. The area was under a Winter Storm Warning as the strong winds continued to churn the lake effect snow machine. Between three and five inches of snow fell overnight in Porter County. WATCH: First significant snow fall creates dangerous road conditions The first significant snow fall of the season is causing dangerous conditions on the roadways throughout the Chicago area. There were a number of spinouts, crashes and […]

  • Body found in clothing donation box after fire on North Side

    CHICAGO — A man’s body was found in a donation box on the city’s North Side. The discovery was made around 7:15 a.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of West Wilson in the city’s Ravenswood/Uptown neighborhood. After extinguishing a fire in a clothing donation box, the Chicago Fire Department found a body in the remains. Police are investigating several different possibilities — whether the man was homeless and climbed into the box to try to stay warm and possibly started […]

  • Santa’s helpers wear leather in the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade

    CHICAGO — Not all of Santa’s helpers wear bright colors and ride in sleighs. Some prefer leather and motorcycles instead. Thousands of bikers took part in the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade Sunday, what’s called the largest holiday toy drive in the world, made possible by hundreds of volunteers who work to make it a success. The riders revved their engines for a great cause, strapping toys to their bikes, heading over the Chicago River and through the Dan Ryan […]

  • United flies more than 100 children to meet Santa at the North Pole

    Most children are thrilled to meet Santa at the mall, but some very special kids got to take a trip all the way to the North Pole. On United`s 35th Annual Fantasy flight to the North Pole, more than 100 kids who were former or current patients at Lurie Children`s or Advocate hospitals were flown to Santa’s home in real life. After a quick breakfast, a meet and greet with their favorite super heroes and Disney characters, and some pre-flight dancing […]

  • Ravenswood’s Architectural Artifacts shop showcases items from all over the world

    CHICAGO — WGN’s Andrea Darlas was in Ravenswood on Sunday at Architectural Artifacts checking out the store’s over 80,000 pieces of art, sculpture, glassware and unique artifacts from all over the world. Architectural Artifacts may be the only place in Chicago where you can find an antique meat slicer for sale sandwiched in between ancient gargoyles and turn of the century artwork. It’s been 30 years and counting for the hidden gem on the North Side. Architectural artifacts is holding […]

  • Collectors flex their rare muscle cars at Rosemont show

    ROSEMONT —  At the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, the rarest and best muscle cars from around the world get together (with their owners) under one roof. Whether it was vintage Chevy Cameros, shiny refurbished Pontiac Firebirds or one-of-a-kind Corvettes, there was something in this show for every car enthusiast. And while there were More than 550 Muscle cars to inspect and adore, there was also a muscle bike section for those interested in more affordable collectables.

  • Behind-the-scenes at the Lyric Opera House’s ‘Die Walkure’

    CHICAGO — Flying horses, medieval costumes and nearly a dozen set changes featuring ornate decorations and beautiful landscapes are all part of the epic staging of Richard’s Wagner’s Die Walkure at the Lyric Opera House. Assistant Director Katrina Bachus said Wagner’s masterpiece truly takes a village to host a performance of this magnitude, for more than 3,500 theatre-goers each night. One of the most memorable moments of the show is the ride of the Valkyries, which includes flying horses—a feat this cast and crew almost makes look almost […]

  • Aquatic Experience lets guests meet sea lions, fish, other aquatic life

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — If you’re a fan of anything with fins the Aquatic Experience is the convention for you. Attendees spent the day learning about fresh and salt water fish from around the world that you might even be able to care for in your home. Kids could design their own fish tanks and aquariums and there was even a prize for the world’s smallest shrimp, or the King Shrimp. But the highlight of the show of course the sea […]