Emmy award winning reporter, Erin Ivory joined WGN-TV in April 2011. After many years waking up early as part of the WGN Morning News team, she has returned to her reporting roots as WGN Evening News features reporter. She loves her new role, getting to thoughtfully share the stories of everyday people doing amazing and good things all over Chicagoland.

Prior to landing at WGN-TV, Erin circled a 90 mile radius around Chicago, working as a news anchor and reporter in Milwaukee, South Bend and Rockford.

Erin graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelors of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.

When she is not turning stories for the ‘feel-good’ beat, you can find her chasing her wild and crazy four children and two dogs at home with her husband, Demetrius Ivory. Before all that, she used to enjoy running, camping, travel adventures and triathlons. In the interim she’s living on a glorious mix of coffee and chaos…and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Recent Articles
  • Group turns vacant building into youth art center in Englewood

    CHICAGO — Many people talk about helping kids struggling in the city, but three guys are actually doing it with nothing more than a dilapidated old building and the determination to make a difference. They didn’t have much money, any grants or financial backing, but that didn’t stop them from getting to work. The vision was to turn 1213 Center into a thriving community youth art center and a safe place for neighborhood kids to find refuge and inspiration. “We […]

  • Kids ParaTriathlon Camp comes to Chicago beach

    CHICAGO — Over three dozen kids swam, biked and ran  their hearts out over the last two days along Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach. Some were visually impaired, others were amputees and all of them had some form of physical disability. Dare2Tri runs the Kids ParaTriathlon Camp so that everyone has the opportunity to be physically active despite any physical adversity they may face. WGN’s Erin Ivory volunteered at the two day camp this year and says she said she was  […]

  • Biking librarians bring books to the people

    WILMETTE, Ill. — A little bit of Mary Poppins, purple novelty and literary magic rolls out of the Wilmette Public Library every week. It’s destination: wherever the white walled tires choose to go. Many mistake the three-wheeled bike cart for an ice cream truck, but this bike isn’t serving up Dreamsicles; it’s stocked full of free books. The bike makes the library more accessible and makes it easier to reach new people in the community, according to Jennifer Bartel, Creative […]

  • Experimental islands create new habitats to transform the Chicago River

    CHICAGO — The task of cleaning up the Chicago River is a massive one, so Urban River and the Shedd Aquarium have honed in on one particular stretch to see if they can turn a mile of Chicago’s murkiest channel into a thriving eco-park. It took more than a couple heaves to set the mammoth island afloat. It may not look like much from above, but it represents everything to the people who created. “That’s the thing that’s really missing […]

  • Local artist’s mural turns sore spot into the pride of the neighborhood

    CHICAGO — What was once considered an eyesore by many neighbors is quickly becoming the pride of a neighborhood. “Art changes things and communities and gives a whole different energy to a street corner,” said Franke Payne, South East Chicago Chamber of Commerce. “It means a lot.” For six years the corner of 79th and East End depicted a mural some Avalaon Park residents found offensive. This week it was washed, painted and replaced with a fresh new mural by Max Sansing, […]

  • When public pianos come to Chicago parks, music fills the air

    CHICAGO— A few years ago, the City of Chicago decided to plop a handful of pianos down in the middle of city parks to promote music in neighborhoods across Chicago. This year they brought them back again, leaving pianos behind in Buttercup, Jackson, Washington Square, McKinley and Mozart parks. They’ll remain there for anyone who wants to play through August 1. WGN headed out to each piano, and discovered a beautiful soundtrack quietly unfolding.

  • Pocket-sized GPS tracker lets parents keep tabs on kids’ location

    CHICAGO — In a world where you can use satellites to find just about anything, it was perhaps only a matter of time before GPS tracking included your own children. Chicago company Jiobit is doing just that with their pocket-sized kid tracker. “You can clip it to pants, shoes, a backpack, pockets…it’s super lightweight so they don’t even know it’s there,” Jiobit CMO Lindsay Slutsky said. The $99 device works by pairing to parents’ smartphones, where they receive realtime alerts about their […]

  • Lighthouses on Mag Mile reflect artists’ personal journey with disabilities

    CHICAGO — Summer crowds on Michigan Avenue have probably noticed the lighthouses dotting the sidewalks. Each of them was designed by an artist hoping to bring attention to people with disabilities. “I just want people to know that no matter what they’ve been through, or are going through, that you’re not alone,” artist Christine Metoyer said. It was the social service organization The Chicago Lighthouse that made these beacons of light come alive downtown this summer by putting out the […]

  • Cooking camp blends kitchen skills and life lessons for teens

    CHICAGO — Nearly 70 CPS students are trading in their pool passes for sauté pans this summer, as part of the Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp. Over the last few years, hundreds of kids between the ages of 13 and 18 have been awarded scholarships to attend the week-long intensive camp at Kendall College. The camp give kids a full week of advanced training in cooking, baking and behind-the-scenes operations. “I just love it,” student Malik Waddy said. “When I […]

  • Neighbors fill every chair as Northwest Side barber retires after 53 years

    CHICAGO — For 53 years, Frank Weiss has been cutting hair on Montrose. Everything in his Albany Park shop is old school, from the vinyl records to the warm shaving cream. “There’s not too many real barbers out there anymore,” client Matt Brady said. “[He’s] a good guy who really knows how to give a clean cut.” Frank comes from a long line of barbers. His grandfather, father and both uncles cut hair, making Frank’s Barber Shop a neighborhood fixture. […]