WGN-TV’s 18th annual ‘Back-to-School Kids Fair’

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The 18th annual “WGN-TV Back-to-School Kids Fair” was held Friday, August 9, 6am – 9am, at the WGN-TV Studios, located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago, sponsored by Feldco Windows, Siding & Doors.  WGN Morning News broadcast live from the event.  The FREE fair featured food, fun, health screenings, safety tips and everything parents need to get kids ready for school.

There was plenty of entertainment including performances from The Jesse White Tumblers and The Happiness ClubFun activities included face painting, a petting zoo, mascots, inflatable Bounce Houses R Us bouncers, My Gym and a dunk tank.  Kids were also able to learn new things about the animal kingdom at the Brookfield Zoo booth.  StoryBus Open Books and Author Dr. Elana Ashleywere available for some reading and story time.

A-Z Entertainment DJ/KaraokeSanta’s Village Azoosment Park, New Music SchoolMedieval Times, Poetry FoundationUniverSoul Circus and balloon artist Smarty Pants were also present to keep children entertained throughout the morning.

Feldco Windows, Siding & Doors generously donated backpacks and school supplies to Chicago area kids, PLS Financial Serviceshanded out backpacks, Kenneth J. Allen Law Group handed out notebooks, Nissan and Liberty Bank also gave away supplies.  Other supplies were available at the WGN booth’s “Wheel-of-Fun,” compliments of Cook Brothers.  Other “Wheel-of-Fun” sponsors included Bristol Renaissance Faire, Culver’s, DunkinSkinnyPop PopcornAnn SatherLearning Express ToysChicago White Sox,Chicago BullsChicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs.  The official T-shirt vendor of the Kids Fair was Art-Flo.  Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) had their own ‘wheel-of-fun,’ Aspira of Illinois gave away tote bags and other items, and Rose Pest Solutions provided insect repellents.

Fairgoers can visit with their favorite Chicago teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago CubsChicago DogsChicago FireChicago Sky, Chicago WolvesChicago Red Stars and Chicago Fire Pitch.

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Care Van provided immunizations to all visitors.  In addition, Vision & Sensory Integration Institute provided free vision screenings, Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Van and Orthodontic Experts provided free dental checks.  Other booths included Metropolitan Family ServicesResurrection University, and Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry.  Amita Health Laboure Outpatient Clinic and Lakeview Internal Medicine fully completed children’s school forms for the first day of school.

Sport Clips generously provided free haircuts to students.  Abt Electronics was on hand with the latest in back-to-school gadgetry.  Attendees also checked out the Illinois Secretary of State child safety seat checkpoint booth, which will answer questions about child seat safety.  Nissan had a booth giving out supplies and information about family friendly cars.  The Girl Scouts of the Greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana were on hand with program information.  Thanks to Chicagoland North Corvette Club for their assistance with parking.

In addition, attendees visited the BodyArmor and Pepsi booths for free refreshments.  Connie’s Pizza and Ann Sather  joined the fair once again.  Power Crunch, GoGo SqueezMoo & OinkAffy Tapple and Tony’s Fresh Market  provided food and drinks.  Dunkin’ Donuts passing gift cards throughout the fair. Vienna Beef  strolled around the fair with their hot dog cart. Kona Ice, a favorite for all ages, will be here to provide a refreshing dessert as well as Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

WGN-TV is Chicago’s Very Own source for news, sports and entertainment.  WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station and can be seen on WGN-TV, CLTV, WGNTV.com and the WGN-TV News app.  Get local weather on WGN-TV, CLTV, WGNTV.com and the WGN Weather app.  WGN 9.2 is Chicago’s home of Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV network Antenna TV and WGN 9.3 is Chicago’s This TV movie network affiliate.  WGN 9.4 carries TBD, bringing the world of internet video to the TV screen.  WGN-TV is a Tribune Broadcasting station.  For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to WGNTV.com


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