Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor and Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor and co-host of the Steve Cochran show on WGN Radio, reporter/weekend break features on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts.”

During her 20-year tenure at WGN, Andrea has won a multitude of awards from the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has five IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast”, two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio- and recently won the IBA Silver Dome award for “Best Reporter” for 2017.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics.

Recent Articles
  • Bennison’s Bakery continues sweet Easter traditions for over 80 years

    EVANSTON — Easter wouldn’t be the same without some signature treats marking the occasion, and few are more recognizable than the specialty of Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston, which has been a family-owned business since 1938. Easter is one of their busiest holidays, and their number one seller is their adorably delicious lamb cakes, not to mention plenty of colorful custom Easter egg cakes. Each one is a little bit different. But this year’s Easter was no different than so many […]

  • Play golf inside Soldier Field this weekend with Upper Deck Golf

    CHICAGO — Frank Brown cofounded Upper Deck Golf to give sports fans a different kind of golfing experience: the chance to play golf inside legendary stadiums and ballparks across the U.S. The company is setting up shop at Soldier Field this weekend with custom greens at the Chicago stadium. The event runs through Sunday evening. For ticket information, click here. Upper Deck Golf donates a portion of proceeds to Stand Up to Cancer.

  • TV cameras accidentally capture proposal outside Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — As late-season snow blanketed the Chicago area, WGN’s Andrea Darlas headed to Wrigley Field to document the scene outside the ballpark and talk to fans about the team canceling its afternoon game due to the weather. After they set up nearby, a photographer noticed something happening in front of the field: a man getting down on one knee, and taking a woman’s hand. The camera rolled as Clint Parkinson proposed to his girlfriend Clohe Ludwig. It was a […]

  • Chicago vinyl lovers celebrate Record Store Day

    CHICAGO — Lines wrapped around the block Saturday at the Dusty Groove record store in Chicago’s East Village as collectors waited for the doors to open. Record Store Day was underway. The nationwide event is a chance for collectors to stock up on vintage records and new releases. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Rowing studios bring sport’s full-body, low impact workouts onto land

    CHICAGO — Rowing isn’t just for college athletes anymore. In a sport that’s regaining popularity among all generations, rowers use a machine called the ergometer for a full-body workout that trainers say is high intensity and low impact, so it builds your body up without breaking it down. Opening in late April, the Row House on Wells in Old Town will be the first boutique rowing fitness studio in Chicago, offering daily classes for the beginners and veterans alike. WGN’s […]

  • C2E2 marks 10 years of celebrating comics, culture and more

    CHICAGO — Whether you’re a lover of superheroes or a comic book enthusiast, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a place where everyone can be themselves — or whoever they want to be. C2E2 is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Windy City, where the convention brings together artists and fans of everything from comic books to Star Wars to independent art. There’s a chance for fans to meet their favorite stars, and many booths run by […]

  • New ‘beer spa’ lets customers relax in a tub full of warm beer

    CHICAGO — Beer: it’s not just for drinking anymore. Beer spas have been hugely popular overseas for years, but the first of its kind just opened in Chicago on the Northwest Side. Piva Beer Spa’s co-owner Dino Sarancic says soaking in a tub of warm beer has proven to be good for your skin and soothing for the body. The spa even features beer-based skin products and soaps, which they say will help cure what “ales” you. There’s also a […]

  • From South Side to North Side, Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

    CHICAGO — St. Patrick’s Day has arrived in Chicago! The South Side Irish Parade stepped off at noon at Western Avenue and 103rd Street in the Beverly neighborhood. The parade is one of the biggest in the city — drawing thousands of spectators each year. Generations of families line the streets of Beverly every March to watch Irish dancers and listen to bagpipes. Also at noon was the Northwest Side Irish Parade. The parade started at Neola Avenue and Northwest […]

  • Chicagoland Family Pet Expo delights animal lovers, families

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo is the largest pet expo under one roof in the United States. From snakes and alligators to cockatoos and parrots, the three-day event in Arlington Heights has every animal family represented. While many vendors sell pet supplies and treats, other showcase rescue dogs — both for quiet therapy and physical activity. Most of the animals can be held, and love the attention. The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo runs through 5 p.m. […]

  • World of Wheels puts classic rides, innovative custom vehicles on display

    ROSEMONT — The World of Wheels not only puts hot rods and custom vehicles of all shapes and sizes on display, but also provides a space for car enthusiasts to realize dreams years in the making. There were muscle cars, classic throwbacks, motorcycles and hundreds of low riders. While you’ll get your fill of cool colors, shiny spikes, and rebuilt engines, it also features some unique modes of transportations. Among them, a custom snow mobile built by 16-year-old Ryan Ensor to […]

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