CHICAGO, November 21, 2019 – The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive will be celebrating its 17th year, the second year that toys will go to children served by the Chicago Park District. The Toy Drive will run from 5am–10am on Friday, December 13th featuring Santa and other fun-filled holiday activities. Viewers can drive up and drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the WGN-TV Studios, located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago (near Addison & Western). Viewers may also drop off toys at participating Chicago Park District locations.* Last year, viewers and companies donated over 6,000 toys.
WGN Morning News will be showcasing drop-off partners and their special offers for viewers who drop off new, unwrapped toys at the following locations:
- Abt Electronics – Donors will receive a $20 Abt voucher with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy (donated toy must be valued at $20 or more; while supplies last; restrictions apply). Abt Electronics is located at 1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview.
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Save over 35% on tickets with each new unwrapped toy brought to Medieval Times between now and Thursday, December 12th. (Use offer code TOY19 at time of purchase and visit MedievalTimes.com/ToyDrive for more information. Restrictions apply). Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is located at 2001 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.
Other partners include: ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling & Electric; EON Clinics; Scale Marketing; USA Insulation; Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design; Melman Law Group; Feldco Factory Direct; Law Offices of Jeffery Leving
All toys will be donated to the Chicago Park District and will be distributed to Chicago area children and families in need. The Chicago Park District will host three Winter Wonderland family festivals on December 14th from 10am to 1pm, where children may come for the toy giveaway and stay to enjoy music, performances, snacks and arts & 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. Toys distributed ‘while supplies last.’ For a list of parks collecting Toy donations, visit Chicago Park District/toy-drive.
Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaways:
- North: Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard Street
- Central: Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Avenue
- South: Washington Park, 5531 S. King Drive
The Chicago Park District is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2019 and is a Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 600 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit ChicagoParkDistrict.com or contact the Chicago Park District at 312-742-PLAY or 312-747-2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling 312-742-PLAY. Follow us at facebook/ChicagoParkDistrict on Instagram/ChicagoParks and on Twitter @chicagoparks.
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*For a list of parks collecting Toy donations, visit Chicago Park District.
See clips from last year’s Toy Drive in the player below: