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.
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. […]
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 […]
CHICAGO — Shoppers had plenty of options this weekend at the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, which showcased fashion from the Roaring ‘20s through the retro ‘80s. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.
BROOKFIELD, Ill. — Even in the age of electronic games, pinball is hot! The Galloping Ghost in Brookfield opened a new pinball arcade over the weekend — it’s just two blocks down from its original video arcade on Ogden Avenue. It boasts the largest and rarest collection of pinball machines in the world, including the only Predator game ever made. Galloping Ghost’s original video arcade is now home to more than 700 electronic games including classics like Pac-Man, Frogger and […]
CHICAGO — From cleaning and cooking, to washing and brushing, this year’s International Home + Housewares Show offered ideas and products for every home. An inventor’s corner showcased young designers trying to get their products to the marketplace. The show, now one of the largest in the country, gives companies and industry professionals a sneak peek at the newest and most innovative products coming to store shelves this year. The annual show at McCormick Place is not open to the public. […]
CHICAGO — Officer Fernando Soto is one of hundreds of Chicago police officers who benefited from the Get Behind the Vest program, which he says saved his life. The bulletproof vest he purchased with funds donated by the program saved his life last November, just one day after the tragic shooting at Mercy Hospital. Alderman Matt O’Shea, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, hosts an annual pancake breakfast which has raised more than $120,000 to date for the […]
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The 36th annual Chicago Golf Show is a treasure trove of merchandise, apparel and clubs. Whether it’s taking a swing at the 3,000-square-foot driving range or trying for an 85-foot putt, there’s something for everyone at the event, which is one of the oldest and largest indoor golf shows in the country. The Chicago Golf Show runs through Sunday. For more information, visit chicagogolfshow.com.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Nearly 1,000 motorcycles from all over the world were on display at the 38th annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Stephens Convention Center Sunday. Billed as the the world’s largest touring motorcycle show for consumers, the choices were endless, from major brand names and fan favorites to custom concept bikes of all shapes, sizes and colors. It wasn’t just about shopping and browsing, as this year show featured several interactive booths, like the “Wheelie Experience,” which […]
AURORA, Ill. — Police have identified the five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in Aurora on Friday. The shooting began at 1:24 p.m. at Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Police said gunman Gary Martin, 45, likely brought his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to work because he knew he was being fired from his job of 15 years. Martin, who […]
AURORA, Ill. — Trevor Wehner was so excited to start his new internship Friday that he showed up to work 45 minutes early. Six hours later, the 21-year-old college student was among five men fatally shot by a fired worker at Henry Pratt Company, a manufacturing warehouse in west suburban Aurora. “Reality hasn’t completely hit me that it happened,” younger brother Thomas Wehner said. “You know, it doesn’t seem like it’s real at all.” Trevor Wehner was set to graduate from Northern […]