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.


Recent Articles
  • Around Town previews CANstruction Chicago

    CANstruction Chicago is a unique design competition that benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Teams of professionals from the architecture, engineering and construction industries design and build massive structures made entirely of cans. Those structures are put on public display in the Merchandise Mart through September 9th. After the competition is complete, all the cans are donated to the Food Depository. Last year, CANstruction collected more than 120,000 pounds of food for neighbors struggling with hunger. CANstruction Chicago: August 16th […]

  • Around Town plays the “Penny Date” game to decide where to go

    Penny date rules: 1) Choose a number between 10-20. (This will be the number of times you flip the penny) 2) Heads is right. Tails is left. 3) Every time you come to an intersection, flip the penny and turn the corresponding direction. 4) Once you flipped the amount of times you originally picked, stop. Look around. Make an Around Town out of where you are. After flipping a penny 11 times, Ana ended up at The Resurrection Project. The Resurrection […]

  • Around Town checks out DL Studio – an interactive party lab

    Debi Lilly has launched Chicago’s new event space, DL Studio, which is filled with fresh, fun photo opportunities. This Instagram-style studio has a 12′ tall floral wall, art bar, champagne phone, balloon installation and more. It is available to rent for parties, photo shoots, or just pop by for some fun. Debi Lilly’s DL Studio Party Lab: 3050 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 DebiLilly.com

  • Around Town checks out New Star Lighting

    New Star Lighting has been a leading manufacturer of quality driven luminaires for over 30 years. The company has built its business on superior customer service, flexibility and products engineered for challenging environments. Their market segments include confinement, high abuse, vandal resistant architectural, cleanroom and healthcare. Given the increasing need for energy efficiency, New Star currently offers several of its products with LED light sources. New Star Lighting: 2225 W. Pershing Rd. Chicago, IL 60609 newstarlighting.com

  • Around Town visits West Rock Wake Park

    Above the Wake’s mission is to create positive experiences on the water for children with Autism and cognitive delays, breaking down stigmas and unleashing potential for greatness through individual teachable moments. West Rock simply wants to bring awareness to this amazing organization and get behind their mission for an amazing one-day event from 10AM-3PM on August 11, 2018. West Rock Wake Park: 1420 S. Pierpont Ave. Rockford, IL 61107 westrockwakepark.com Above the Wake: abovethewake.org Free ride for kids with Autism […]

  • Around Town checks out the West Lake Market

    The West Lake Market is an admission-free, exciting experience for everyone with unique vendors and family activities. It takes place the 2nd Sunday of every month through October, with a special holiday market taking place in December. West Lake Market: 1748 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60602 westlakemarket.org

  • Around Town checks out Theater on the Lake

    Theater on the Lake is a historic building that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyline. Designed in 1913 and constructed in 1920, Theater on the Lake, is a Prairie style structure constructed in brick with sweeping steel arched pavilions throughout. Theater on the Lake offers 4 venue options as well as the opportunity of full use of the building. Polishing this existing jewel on Lake Michigan’s shore elevates it to the level of the other major iconic […]

  • Around Town shops local in Lemont

    Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria & Pub: 206 Main St. Lemont, IL 60439 gelslemont.com Higher Grounds Coffee: 223 Main St. Lemont, IL 60439 highergroundscoffeecompany.com Nick’s Tavern: 221 Main St. Lemont, IL 60439 nickstavern.net Pollyanna Brewing: 431 Talcott Ave. Lemont, IL 60439 pollyannabrewing.com Heritage Corridor: facebook.com/heritagecorridor

  • Around Town checks out the Weber Grill Academy

    Weber Grill Academy at Weber Grill Restaurant: 1010 N. Meacham Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173 webergrillrestaurant.com

  • Around Town creates scented products with Scentcerely Yours

    Scentcerely Yours specializes in pour-your-own natural gourmet soy candles in 100+ fragrances. Their candles are made from the best, most natural ingredients producing a candle that will burn cleaner, longer, and more true-to-scent. You will enjoy an unparalleled experience where you create your signature scent at the fragrance bar for an array of custom home and personal fragrance products including reed diffusers, wax tarts, room sprays, body mist, and lotion. The experience begins by browsing the scent wall, then selecting […]