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
  • Lansing man’s decades-long quest honors WWII vets on a flag

    LANSING, Ill. – A man from Lansing went on a personal quest over decades to honor veterans from World War II. With a flag as his canvas, Rob Stanley sought the stories and autographs of veterans from all over that time period. Some of the names are very familiar.  President George H.W. Bush and movie star Tony Curtis are among the 168 autographs gracing his flag printed in 1942 by the Chicago Daily News. With every hero, there’s a story.  Stanley tells the tale of Charles […]

  • Relax in luxury at Wisconsin’s Kohler Resort

    KOHLER, Wis. — The famous Kohler Resort draws visitors from everywhere to enjoy its legendary spa and world-class golf, and it’s just an hour’s drive north of Milwaukee. One of the Midwest’s most alluring destinations has humble beginnings, forged by immigrant muscle in 1883 at the very beginning, manufacturing farm implements that led to bathroom and kitchen fixtures and beyond. “Mr. Kohler had a vision that a hotel, located in the village across from the factory, would help his workers understand luxury,” […]

  • Web exclusive: Kohler’s Golf Academy

    Kohler’s Golf Academy was voted one of America’s top 50 golf schools by Golf Magazine. Learn more about it by watching the video above.

  • Grayslake police seek missing sex offender

    GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — The Lake County Undersheriff confirms that local police are looking for a convicted sex offender who appears to have cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet on June 30. Howard Sebring, 57, is 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds.  Most recently he is believed to have been living at 394 West Main Street in Hainesville. He is on parole and was wearing an Illinois Department of Corrections electronic monitoring bracelet, limiting his movements. He is barred […]

  • Protesters rally at Thompson Center over budget standoff

    CHICAGO — The new fiscal year kicks off today and the state of Illinois still has no approved budget. Lawmakers are pitching a temporary one month spending plan today, but the governor’s office already is calling it “unconstitutional.” Illinois now faces a partial government shutdown after Governor Rauner and democratic lawmakers broke off spending talks. At the Thompson Center in Chicago, protesters are demanding lawmakers and the governor put citizens before politics. They are worried social services will suffer the […]

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    16-year-old girl killed in Hammond’s second homicide in 24 hours

    HAMMOND, Ind.– A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed in Hammond Monday night. It was the second homicide on the same block in less than 24 hours. Lauren Calvillo was shot near her home on the 5500 block of Beall Avenue.  She was killed and a young man was critically wounded when neighbors say two dozen or more shots were fired. Neighbors tell WGN that the girl was trying to move children to safety when she was shot. A man […]

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    Crusin’ Wacky Wisconsin

    Climb aboard!  We’re Cruisin’ Wisconsin tonight and looking for sun and recreation. But beautiful lakes and rustic cabins are not part of the travel itinerary, because WGN’s Julian Crews is embarking on a different sort of adventure. He struck vacation gold as he encountered some of Wisconsin’s oddest destinations. From Watson’s Wild West museum in Elkhorn, to a Mouse House in Windsor, to Circus World Museum in Baraboo, to several interesting stops near Madison, here’s a taste of the wilder […]

  • Web Exclusive: Deli in Madison defies description

    MADISON, Wisc. — It’s a Wisconsin original!  The quirky magic of Ella’s Animatronic Kosher Deli and Ice Cream Parlor.  This WGN Cruisin’ Wisconsin WEB EXCLUSIVE tells you the story of Ken Balkin’s Madison classic.

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    Links for June 24th: Plan your trip to ‘Quirky’ Wisconsin

    Here are some helpful links and information to help plan your trip to Southern Wisconsin.   National Mustard Museum 7477 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562 www.Mustardmuseum.com 800-438-6878 Circus World 550 Water Street Baraboo, WI 608-356-8341 www.CircusWorldBaraboo.org Watson Wild West Museum W4865 Potter Road Elkhorn WI 262-723-7505 www.watsonwildwestmuseum.com Milwaukee Boat Line 414-294-9450 www.MKEBBOAT.com National Dairy Shrine Museum 401 Whitewater Ave. Ft. Atkinson, WI www.Dairyshrine.org 920-563-7769 Hoard Historical Museum 401 Whitewater Ave. Ft. Atkinson, WI www.Hoardmuseum.org 920-563-7769 Ella’s Animatronic Deli 2902 E […]

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    The astonishing House on the Rock

     ​ SPRING GREEN, Wis. — “House on the Rock” has mystified millions of visitors, through the years.  It’s an attraction that defies easy explanation.  As you pass through the visitor center, you’ll seen an enchanted garden in a valley with a sprawling network of walkways and buildings, all of it toward the center of gravity – a mysterious House on a rock. “It’s phenomenal.  Absolutely phenomenal.  I’ve never seen anything like it,” a visitor tells me.  And I soon see for […]


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