Julian Crews
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From Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall, Julian Crews gets around! The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers. From breaking news to feature reporting, this hard-working broadcast veteran gives it his all.

Every spring, with the popular “Cruisin” Illinois travel series, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln. His entertaining excursions are must-see TV, in stunning high-definition. And his quirky ‘Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.

In recent years, Julian’s also become a WGN Morning News fixture, filing on-going reports throughout the day on the Midday and Evening WGN and CLTV newscasts.

It’s all in a day’s work for this versatile storyteller, who joined WGN in 1996. Through the years, Julian has worn many hats, from the “Around Town” beat to politics and crime, producing in-depth, investigative pieces on Chicago street gangs and organized crime. Covering John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998 was especially fulfilling for Julian. The son of Cuban-born parents, he visited his family’s home in Havana, taking WGN viewers along for the ride.

Recent Articles
  • Fans and city prep for Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO–More trains with less alcohol allowed on them will be running to and from Chicago during Lollapalooza this weekend. The South Shore line plans to add an extra westbound train from the Portage/Ogden Dunes stop to Chicago at 9:57 Saturday morning. An outbound train will be added from the Millennium Park station Saturday night at 10:50 to Portage. Also, alcohol will be prohibited on South Shore trains after 7p.m. Friday, and on all South Shore trains Saturday and Sunday.  

  • ‘Stop and frisk’ ordinance introduced in City Council

     ​ CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council held its final meeting Wednesday before an August break. Ald. Procco Joe Moreno drummed up support for the proposed ordinance known as the Stop Act,  designed to better track the effectiveness and fairness of police stops and searches where arrest are not made. In a report earlier this year the American Civil Liberties Union found that Chicagoans are four times more likely than New Yorkers to be stopped by police with the controversial […]

  • Cruisin’ Wisconsin: Find fine fishing in Lake Superior

    Grab your fishing pole because we’re Cruisin’ Wisconsin and looking for bass and walleye. Anglers say in the North Woods, you’ll find some of the best freshwater fishing in the world. So, make sure you get a fishing license because WGN’s Julian Crews is heading north to the greatest lake of all, Lake Superior.

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    Links for July 23: Fishing in Wisconsin

    Heading to the North Woods?  These links and information may help plan your trip: Beyond the Catch Guide Service:  Beyondthecatchguideservice.com 715-292-4342     Dewey Catchem and How Bait and Fishing Guides Deweycatchemandhow.com 11085 Highway 70 E Arbor Vitae WI 54557 715-892-2751

  • Web Exclusive: Water paradise in Wisconsin

    WGN’s Julian Crews has more fun on the water in Wisconsin.

  • Cruisin’ Wisconsin: Lake Superior’s superior wonders

    It’s one of our regions greatest natural wonders: The Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. You’ll discover amazing Sea Caves and hiking trails off Wisconsin’s farthest shore. So gas up the minivan because we’re hitting the road again to cruisin’ northward about an eight hour drive from Chicago.  Leading the adventure is our own Julian Crews.

  • Web exclusive: Rasberry Island Lighthouse

    Learn more about the history of the Rasberry Island Lighthouse with Julian Crews and his web exclusive

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    Links for July 16: Apostle Islands

    Is the Apostle Islands and Bayfield Wisconsin are your vacation destination, these links may help you plan your trip Trek and Trail 7 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814 (715) 779-3595 www.trek–trail.com/   Apostle Island Cruises 800.323.7619 http://www.apostleisland.com/   Bayfield Maritime Museum 131 S 1st St, Bayfield, WI 54814 (715) 209-1636 http://bayfieldmaritimemuseum.org/     Apostle Island National Lakeshore 715-779-3397 www.nps.gov/apis/   Bayfield Inn 20 Rittenhouse Avenue | Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814 | 715.779.3363 http://www.bayfieldinn.com/   Bayfield Heritage Museum 30 North Broad Street […]

  • Naperville woman found dead in Texas jail cell, family demanding answers

    CHICAGO —  Friends and family of a Naperville woman are demanding answers after she was found dead in a Texas jail cell. Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead Monday morning in a jail cell in Waller County, about 60 miles from Houston. Texas authorities who performed an autopsy on Tuesday classified her death as suicide by hanging. She had been pulled over on Friday in Waller County for an improper lane change. She was then arrested on a charge of assaulting […]

  • Authorities search for missing woman’s remains at bottom of lagoon

    CHICAGO — Police have been on Chicago’s Southwest Side since Tuesday night, draining a portion of the Marquette Park lagoon.  Investigators confirm that detectives are searching for the body of Laneesha Miller, 28. Miller was reportedly last seen just after Father’s Day.  Her family says witnesses saw her at 96th and Halsted. Laneesha Miller is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Police are also looking for a car Miller may have been driving.  It […]


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