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  • Garrett Popcorn Shops turn 65

    65 years ago on September 18, 1949, the Garrett family opened it’s very first popcorn shop in Chicago. As WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, nobody does salt and sweet quite like Garrett. Garrett Popcorn Shops have one thing in common. You can smell them before you see them. Cook, scoop, shake; that’s how Garrett keeps customers coming back for 65 years. We met Devon at the counter, who moved from Evanston to Nova Scotia when he was four years old. “It’s […]

  • A look back at Little League in Chicago

    In 2008, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox had just played their home openers when Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Mike D’Angelo took front row seats to the bright eyes enthusiasm of a  Little League Sluggers class at the White Sox Training Academy in LaGrange.  Play ball!  This story won a Peter Lisagor award.   In the spring of 2005, steroid hearings on Capitol Hill cast a dark cloud over the start of the major league baseball season. So with […]

  • ‘Dark Skies’ in Indiana: Beverly Shores is Seeing Stars

    If you want to see stars, head for Beverly Shores, Indiana. Beverly Shores is one of only eight communities in the world to be honored for reducing light pollution. And as our Tom Skilling reports, it’s a simple case of power to the people. “We’re right on the lake shore, the south end of lake Michigan. This is like a little oasis. It’s quiet, there’s nature. It’s like a portrait you know.” Beverly Shores, Indiana is about an hour from […]

  • “Treasure hunters:” What are people with metal detectors really looking for?

    It’s not unusual to be at the beach or in a park and see people sweeping the ground with metal detectors. What are they looking for? And more importantly, what are they finding?  We asked Chicago firefighter and long time treasure hunter, “Chicago Ron.” Ron’s fiancé, Gretchen Edwardson is now hooked on metal detecting too. If Ron looks familiar you may have seen him on the Travel Channel or National Geographic channel. His little hobby has made him something of […]

  • Rosie the Riveter meets the Blue Angels

    Two Chicago sisters were granted their “Wish of a Lifetime” this morning in Gary, Indiana, when they met the Blue Angels, the Navy’s elite flying team returning this weekend to the Air and Water Show.  One of the sisters was a real life “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II. And as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, it’s hard to say who was more starstruck; the ladies, or the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels showered the sisters with gifts; framed and […]

  • Asian Carp vs. Commercial Fishermen: 2.5M lbs now out of Illinois

    It’s been four years since the discovery of an Asian carp between the electric barriers and    Lake Michigan. That’s when the state went into emergency mode. They hired a select group of Illinois commercial fishermen.  And as our Nancy Loo reports, they’ve  now taken two-and-a-half MILLION pounds of Asian carp out of Illinois waterways. In the backwaters of the Illinois River near Starved Rock State Park, there are fewer Asian carp jumping this year. “We’re doing this kinda different today,” […]

  • Millennium Park turns 10: Here are 5 things you never knew about it

    Ten years ago tonight, Chicago officially opened Millennium Park, a 24.5 acre section of North Grant Park between the Lake and Michigan Avenue. Today, it’s hard to find people who are not family with “The Bean”, the Crown Fountain, and Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion.  But, WGN’s Steve Sanders found there’s more to Millennium Park than meets the eye. “Watch out for this one little step here. So we’re at the highest elevation in Pritzker metal ribbons that you can be.” […]

  • Rummage Sale Gold for Good Causes

    Most rummage sales don’t include Louis Vuitton handbags, Chanel jackets, or tuxedos.        For decades, many churches on Chicago’s North shore have been donating expensive items to raise money for worthy causes. WGN’s Steve Sanders gives us a preview of one of the sales this weekend at Kenilworth Union Church. For eight weeks every summer, volunteers at Kenilworth Union Church collect donations for their rummage sale. They just never know what will come in. “Very classic Chanel. So, I would […]

  • Saving the Honey Bees

    The honey bee population worldwide is in crisis. And this winter’s polar vortex killed far more honey bees than usual in the Chicago area. But as WGN’s Steve Sanders reports, there are many passionate people who sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to save honey bees. ”So this up here is where they were getting in.” This time last year, Bob Kusel and his wife were sharing their bedroom in north suburban Skokie with thousands of honeybees. ”And I kept hearing […]

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    Craft Liquors Catching On

    Move over craft beer. A harder form of craft liquor is mixing things up on the local bar scene. As WGN’s Nancy Loo reports in tonight’s Cover Story, there’s a major Illinois boom in craft distilling, because a growing number of local connoisseurs are drinking it up. “How’s this looking? This is looking ready to distill.” Architect Jose Hernandez and Golf Pro Fred Robinson are not moonlighting in moonshine. The three types of liquor they produce from the state’s newest […]

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