Ana Belaval joined the WGN-TV in June 2005. She is currently a feature reporter on the WGN Morning News, covering the “Around Town” segment, which focuses on various people, places and things of interest in and around the Chicago area. Ana is a substitute anchor for CLTV News and WGN Morning News. She also contributes to the community affairs show ‘Adelante Chicago!”
Prior to coming to WGN, Ana spent nine years at Univision, starting as a general assignment reporter in the Chicago affiliate WGBO and working her way up to network correspondent for Univision’s national morning show based in New York. While at Univision, Ana was nominated for an Emmy for her reporting series “Ana Lo Hace,” in which she performed various jobs held by Hispanics in Chicago. While in Chicago, Ana was also a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Ana is three-time Emmy winner and four-time Emmy nominee. She was also a finalist for the Peter Lisagor award for the special story, anabelaval.com.
In 2001, Today’s Chicago Woman selected Ana as “A Woman to Watch” for her accomplishments in the media industry. Ana is involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Dancing with Chicago Celebrities created by Arthur Murray Dance Studios.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from American University in Washington D.C. Ana was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is very proud of her heritage. She recently gave a TedX Talk about how she found success embracing 2 cultures and 2 languages. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 children. Ana shows her comedic side when performing her stand-up routines at various spots around the city including Zanies Comedy Club and Mikey O Comedy Productions.
Snap36 is the leading provider of affordable product photography for brands, distributors, and retailers. Whether you are looking to increase conversion rates, improve customer engagement, or quickly scale your product content, 360-degree photography is the optimal solution for e-commerce, digital marketing, and studio operations teams. Snap36: 219 N. Paulina Chicago, IL 60612 snap36.com
SciTech Hands on Museum offers over 200 interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) exhibits which inspire education and imagination. Every exhibit is a mini experiment with information about what to do at the station and the scientific explanation for what is happening. SciTech Museum: 18 W. Benton St. Aurora, IL 60505 scitechmuseum.org
Whether you want to paddle board, kayak, try axe throwing, rock climbing or slack lining, Outside Experience has adventures for everyone under one roof. Hear from adventurers, listen to live music and connect with ambassadors from your favorite brands. Outside Experience: July 13-14 McCormick Place Lakeside Center: 2301 S. King Dr. Chicago, IL 60616 outsideexperienceshow.com
This year, Bernie’s Book Bank celebrates its 10th Anniversary. On Saturday, July 13th Bernie’s Book Bank will commemorate this milestone with a 10-hour Volunteer-A-Thon and celebration open to supporters and the community. There will be volunteering paired with food, live music, children’s activities and fun! Bernie’s Book Bank: 917 North Shore Dr. Lake Bluff, IL 60044 berniesbookbank.org
The Guild is the new one stop pop-up shop for the conscious shopper looking for high end fashion, art, wellness, home and body products, made with sustainable and Fair Trade practices. Created by a curated selection of trading partners from all over the world, The Guild makes ethically shopping a new kind of retail experience. The Guild: 1445 W. Webster Chicago, IL 60614 Now through August 31 theguild.global
Bespoke Cuisine is a unique culinary combination of a hands-on cooking experience and a dinner party. Chefs from the Bespoke team lead groups through preparing a multi-course meal. After the cooking is finished, participants retreat to the loft-like dining room and enjoy being served the meal they created. Bespoke Cuisine: 1358 W. Randolph Chicago, IL 60607 bespokecuisine.com
Aaron Feldman arrives at college fully prepared with a charming personality, wealthy father and plenty of connections. His freshman year roommate, Iskinder Ioduoko, isn’t so lucky. The middle class student has worked hard to get where he is, and arrived on no one’s coat tails. Despite differing backgrounds, the two young men quickly develop a strong bond and pledge to a life-long friendship. That is, until one finds himself in legal trouble, and the other in a tricky position deciding […]
Owners of Code Ninjas in Glenview and Libertyville, Noreen & Ayaz Merchant, have a strong passion for working with kids and preparing them for the future. Code Ninjas is the ultimate computer programming center for kids – teaching coding by building video games. Code Ninjas provides fun and flexible coding education for kids ages 7-14. Their students (Ninjas) enjoy learning computer programming and robotics, together with critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and more. Code Ninjas offers a fun learning environment […]