Julian Crews joined the WGN News team in 1996. He is a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News.

From breaking news to feature reporting, Julian has reported all over Illinois, from Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall. The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers.

Over the years, Julian has worn many hats, from the “Around Town” beat to politics and crime, producing in-depth, investigative pieces on Chicago street gangs and organized crime. Covering John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998 was especially fulfilling for Julian. The son of Cuban-born parents, he visited his family’s home in Havana, taking WGN viewers along for the ride.

Every spring, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln with the popular Cruisin’ Illinois travel series. His Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.

Recent Articles
  • Howl with wolves, explore caves and see Santa year-round on Indiana’s back roads

    CLARKSDALE, Ind. — Taking back roads through Hoosier country yields the kind of real treasures and quirky curiosities you’ll only find off the beaten path. At the very spot where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first met with a handshake signaling the start of a historic expedition sits a Clarksville, Ind., natural wonder: 400-million-year-old fossils at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. “We are among the world’s largest exposed fossil beds in the Devonian Period,” Brad Kessans, Falls of the […]

  • 3 girls missing from Albany Park found safe

    CHICAGO — Three girls who went missing from Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood Thursday have been found safe. Police said the two sisters, ages 5 and 8, and their 14-year-old cousin have been reunited with their family. Detectives are still investigating. No other information is available at this time.

  • Why animal lovers are flocking to Indiana

    PAOLI, Ind. — It may surprise you to know that animal lovers are flocking to Indiana to see some of nature’s greatest wonders. Just outside of French Lick and on the edge of the Hoosier National Forest, visitors can travel into a realm where African elephants rumble across green savannas. At Wilstem Ranch, visitors happily bathe 11,000-pound elephants, getting up close and personal with the massive animals. But it’s the ranch’s newest celebrities, a pair of charismatic giraffes named Burt […]

  • Brazilian mom, 10-year-old son separated at border reunited in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A Brazilian woman separated from her son in May while seeking asylum in the U.S. has been reunited with her 10-year-old son in Chicago. The woman’s attorney says the reunion occurred Thursday just hours after a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to release the boy to his mother. The mother, Sirley Silveira Paixao, cried as Judge Manish Shah said they should be promptly reunited. The 30-year-old woman couldn’t stop smiling after the hearing. Through an interpreter, she said she […]

  • Police shoot, kill man who wounded 3 officers after standoff in northwest suburb

    SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — Police shot and killed a man after he opened fire on negotiators early Wednesday, police said, ending an armed standoff that began when he wounded three officers responding to a call of shots fired in a South Elgin condo building. Neighbor Samantha Point said she knew it wasn’t fireworks when she heard as many as a dozen shots fired before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Patrolmen rushing to the 300 block of WoodRidge Circle were allegedly greeted by […]

  • Father Pfleger, protesters threatened with arrests ahead of Dan Ryan march

    CHICAGO — The Rev. Michael Pfleger is pushing back against Chicago and Illinois State Police who threaten arrests if protesters interfere with traffic on the Dan Ryan Expressway this weekend. Pfleger and other clergy members, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, announced Tuesday a bold step in the ongoing campaign of civil unrest against street violence and economic imbalance in Chicago. They plan to march on the Dan Ryan at 79th Street around 10 a.m. Saturday. Pfleger said St. Sabina parishioners […]

  • Memorable and unique places to stay in Indiana

    Cruisin’ Indiana is on the look out for some of the best places to stay in Hoosier Country. There’s so much variety across the state, when it comes to finding a great place to lodge On the highest point of Jefferson County, just outside historic Madison, Ind., you’ll feel like you’ve made it home when you reach Francine’s Log Cabin. The authentic Kentucky cabin is nearly 200 years old and was reassembled on the rocky ridges of southeast Indiana not […]

  • 66 immigrant children separated from parents at border are in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Sixty-six immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border are being housed in the Chicago area, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with some of them Friday morning. The locations of the detention centers have not been disclosed, but the children are under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Heartland Alliance, a licensed non-profit agency in Chicago. “These children are scared when they arrive at our doors,” […]

  • Bloomington booming with good times

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Few cities, large or small, offer more than Bloomington, Indiana. Located just four hours from Chicago, Hoosiers there are always looking for a good time. Bloomington is also home to several international restaurants. There’s 75 eateries from 18 countries to choose from, including a taste of Paris at La Vie En Rose. The authentic French café serves homemade quiche, salads and soups. There is also Upland Brewing, makers of boysenberry sours, wheat ales and IPA’s that are second […]

  • Quintonio LeGrier’s father contradicts officer’s testimony in wrongful death trial

    CHICAGO — The father of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, who was shot and killed by Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo, contradicted the officer’s testimony. Antonio LeGrier took the stand to testify on Thursday at Rialmo’s wrongful death civil trial, saying he never told Rialmo “You did what you had to do,” after the Dec. 26, 2015 shooting of LeGrier. On Wednesday, Rialmo testified that the teen’s father came down the stairs after the shooting and repeatedly said, “You did what you […]