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CHICAGO — The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its 16th year, the first year that toys will go to children served by the Chicago Park District. The Toy Drive ran from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m., featuring carolers, Santa and other holiday fun-filled activities. Viewers were able to drive up and drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the WGN-TV Studios, located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago.


All toys will be donated to the Chicago Park District and will be dispersed to Chicagoland children and families in need. The Chicago Park District will host three Winter Wonderland family festivals on December 15th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. where children may come for the toy giveaway and stay to enjoy music, performances, snacks, and arts and crafts activities. Toys are to be distributed as part of the overall event. Only one Toy per child and the child must be present to receive the Toy; child must be between 6 – 12 years of age. Toys distributed ‘while supplies last.’ Inquiries can be sent to

Winter Wonderland Family Festivals:

The Chicago Park District is a Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. In 2019, the Chicago Park District will celebrate 85 years of enhancing the quality of life in Chicago by becoming the leading provider of recreation, cultural and leisure opportunities and providing safe, inviting and beautifully maintained parks and facilities. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 605 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 11 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY).

WGN-TV is Chicago’s Very Own source for news, sports and entertainment. WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station and can be seen on WGN-TV, CLTV, and the WGN-TV News app. Get local weather on WGN-TV, CLTV, and the WGN Weather app. WGN 9.2 is Chicago’s home of Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV network Antenna TV and WGN 9.3 is Chicago’s This TV movie network affiliate. WGN 9.4 carries TBD, bringing the world of internet video to the TV screen. WGN-TV is a Tribune Broadcasting station. For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to

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