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  • Video: Radio Recess – Archery Tag

    Andrea Darlas and colleagues from WGN Radio including Patti Vasquez, Dave Eanet, Ryan Burrow and Stephanie Menendez visit Chicago Archery to play some archery tag.

  • Video: WGN Radio Recess at the Chicago Magic Lounge

    The WGN Radio Recess crew gets a preview of the new Chicago Magic Lounge, located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Join Lisa Wolf, Jen DeSalvo, Pete Zimmerman, and the rest of the WGN Radio crew as they get a lesson on close-up magic and the history of Chicago-style magic. Joey Cranford, the Chicago Magic Lounge’s co-owner, and a few of the Lounge’s regular performers demonstrate the various experiences you can have at the Magic Lounge any night of the […]

  • Video: 20th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray

    Roe Conn, Anna Davlantes, and Richard Roeper are joined by Ryan Dempster and Toastmaster Ryne Sandberg at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse to raise their Budweisers in the 20th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray. The out of this world celebration featured astronauts, aliens, and life-like giant replicas of Harry Caray’s head as well as a stellar Harry impersonation by, Cubs great, Ryan Dempster. Also take a look at this video, provided by Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, showing how people toast […]

  • Video: WGN Radio Recess Goes Curling

    The 2018 Winter Olympics are upon us. To get ready Ryan Burrow, Adam Hoge, Patti Vasquez, Pete Zimmerman and the rest of the WGN Radio Recess crew are trying their hand at everyone’s favorite Olympic sport: curling. Follow their progress at the Chicago Curling Club in Northbrook, where longtime member and instructor, Stan Slabis, teaches them a little about the history of the sport and proper technique. Then find out how you can experience the game for yourself.

  • Goodbuy Girl Gets Organized for 2018

    Judy Pielach, the Goodbuy Girl, takes you through the various items you can commonly find at Goodwill that she uses to keep her house tidy.

  • The Steve Cochran Show in La Grange for Hometown Voices

    The Allstate Hometown Voices Tour takes The Steve Cochran Show to Horton’s Home Lighting in La Grange. This stop on the Hometown Voices Tour is presented by Allstate agent Madeline LoPresti, who frequently volunteers her time at the Hinsdale Humane Society taking care of animals without homes. She joins Steve and the gang, along with her long haired chihuahua Charles, to present a donation to the Hinsdale Humane Society on behalf of the Allstate Foundation.

  • Video: Backgammon Showdown – King John Williams vs Carter Pfeifer Mattig

    King John Williams never backs down from a challenge. That’s why when he heard Chicago native, Carter Pfeifer Mattig, won the 5th Merit Open International Backgammon Championship, he summoned Carter to the WGN Radio studios to compete in a fierce battle of wits and fortune. Watch below to see how the venerable King John fares. If you need a refresher or explanation on how the game of backgammon is played, the champ himself was happy to provide a quick explanation that […]

  • Hometown Voices Brings John Williams and Steve Bertrand to Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville

    The Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand and The John Williams Show head to Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville as part of the Hometown Voices tour. This tour stop is presented by Allstate Agents Denise and Sedrik R. Newbern, of Phoenix Insurance & Financial Services.  Denise stopped by The John Williams show with her guest, Connie Williams of A Caring Hand Foundation. Together, Denise and John presented a donation to A Caring Hand Foundation on behalf of the Allstate Foundation.

  • Roe Conn’s Hometown Voices Halloween Spectacular in Rosemont

    The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes heads to the haunted Hofbräuhaus Chicago, in Rosemont, as part of the Allstate Hometown Voices Tour. With Rosie and the Rivets supplying frighteningly fun tunes for Roe’s annual Halloween Spectacular, The Roe Trapp family welcomes Allstate agent Mike Imm to the show.  Together they present a donation to Total Link 2 Community, a Northbrook-based non-profit organization that creates customized employment for individuals with disabilities, on behalf of the Allstate Foundation. Then they discuss why […]

  • Video: WGN Radio Recess Learns to Roller Derby

    The WGN Radio Recess crew gets treated to a special roller derby lesson from the Midwest Allstars and the Northern Illinois Junior Roller Derby. Watch as Cuban Miss Elle teaches Amy Guth (Guth or Dare), Violeta Podrumedic (Killer V), Stephanie Menendez (The Right Steph), and Patti Vasquez (Crabby Patti) the rules of Roller Derby, how to jam, how to block, and some basic safety precautions. She also shares how she got started in Roller Derby and just how easy it […]