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  • Mindfulness in the classroom

    A divided country, social media, too much to do, not enough time. It can all make you feel like you’re losing your mind. Yet, some people just know how to roll with life’s punches. WGN-TV’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to someone who is taking education to a new level through mindfulness. And she’s preparing young women for the future, by focusing on the present. And mindfulness is starting to catch on. The group “Still Choosing Chicago” is raising money for a […]

  • Mothers in prison: Who is being punished?

    CHICAGO — Mothers in prison. The children they leave behind. And, the caregivers who step in to help when fathers often are not in the picture. In this WGN-TV Cover story, reporter Gaynor hall takes you on a bittersweet ride that shows inmates aren’t the only ones being punished. A previous version of the “Reunification Ride” program was suspended because of state budget cuts. Now, they exist entirely through donations. Each trip for 50 people costs about $2500. And they […]

  • Stars in the Sky: Trailblazing stewardesses tell all

    Chicago has a rich history of trailblazers. And tonight they come in the form of two women who paved a path in the air. Almost 50 years ago, Casey Grant and Debra Surrett were hired by Delta Airlines as stewardesses. As part of WGN-TV’s Black History month coverage, they tell their stories, as only they can. Casey Grant’s book, “Stars in the Sky” has even more stories. And the success of the Oscar nominated movie “Hidden Figures” has movie producers […]

  • Suburban restaurant’s ‘Found’ notes make every day Valentine’s Day

    There’s a place in the Chicago area where nearly every day is Valentine’s Day. As WGN-TV’s Steve Sanders reports, it involves a romantic restaurant, handwritten love notes, and two secret drawers. The drawer tables at Found are very popular. But, you can request them when you make your reservation. You can find this farm to table restaurant by clicking the link below. Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Ted Parra contributed to this report.  

  • Nightmare on Lake Street: 40 years after the worst CTA crash in history

    On February 4, 1977, two CTA elevated trains collided in Chicago’s Loop during rush hour on a Friday night, sending car after car onto the street below at Lake and Wabash. To this day, it’s the worst CTA crash in history. And, as WGN’s transportation reporter Sarah Jindra reports, Chicagoans who saw and worked the crash site, carry those images to this day. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the cause of the crash human error. But, trains that once […]

  • Oh baby! 50 years ago, mother delivers baby boy during Chicago blizzard

    On January 26, 1967, snow began falling and buried Chicago in 23 inches of snow in 29 hours. It’s a record that stands to this day. In the middle of Chicago’s biggest snowstorm, about a dozen blizzard babies were born.  Each one has a unique story.  But as Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling reports, this story may top them all. The Dunson family would love to know the identity of the stranger who may have saved both mother and son. Can […]

  • The Pussyhat Project and Women’s March on Washington

    In the 60’s, political protestors staged sit-ins. In 2017, some political protests are taking the form of knit-ins. As WGN’s Nancy Loo reports, this is the story of the power of pink, community, and a common cause. If you’d like to attend a knit in at Knit 1 on Sunday, January 8th or 15th, please call them to reserve a space.  773-244-1646  3856 N. Lincoln Ave. And it’s not too late to buy a bus ticket to Washington D.C. for […]

  • Big Monster Toys, where toy ideas are born

    Behind the toy giants, Fisher Price, Hasbro, and Mattel, is a toy design company in Chicago you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s called, “Big Monster Toys.” As WGN’s Sean Lewis reports, their work is top secret. But, in this week’s spirit of giving, they let us take a peek behind their big yellow door. You want one, right? They are either sold out, or you’ll pay a pretty penny for one now. We invite you to share this story. And […]

  • Wool painting: How a love of animals led a Chicago area artist to a new calling

    The world is filled with starving artists. But often it’s just a matter of finding a niche. A Wauconda artist has found hers, painting with wool.  As WGN’s Sean Lewis reports, it’s an art form that has grown from a love of animals, to a new career as an author and illustrator of childrens’ books. Her first book will be published in April called, “Seasons of Joy; Every day is for outdoor play.” If you’d like to find Claudia Marie […]

  • Turkey carvers feeding seniors Thanksgiving Day

    What do you get when you put 40 turkeys, a stack of sharp knives, and the executive chef of the Peninsula Hotel Chicago in a room? You get hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners for Chicago area seniors, courtesy of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.  Check it out. Jose Fernandez, the executive chef at Peninsula Chicago, Little Brothers CEO Simone Mitchell-Peterson, and volunteers Daren Jakeman, Eumir Bautista, Maria Rolon, and Jay Javors appear in this report.   For more information about […]