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  • Video: WGN Radio Recess at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

    Located on the edge of Wicker Park and Bucktown, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club is one of the most unique places to spend a night out in Chicago. Watch Bennett Wakenight and the WGN Radio Recess crew stop in to do a little team-building, while owners (and ranked shuffleboard professionals) Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert, share what makes The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club so special and a little about their commitment to taking it easy on your wallet. For more […]

  • Photos and Video: 2019 Pride Parade “Voices of Pride”

    Voices Matter. WGN Radio was proud of celebrate the many voices from the LGBTQ community throughout June’s Pride Month. It all culminated on Sunday, June 30 with the 50th annual Chicago Pride Parade where our “Voices of Pride” float in partnership with Jewel-Osco was seen by revelers along the route and we wore T-shirts sponsored by Grain Berry. Despite the storm that came through, it was a day of celebration and community. Check out our photos and video from the […]

  • Video: Kel Mitchell Visits the PPG Paints Green Room

    Nickelodeon actor and Chicago native, Kel Mitchell, stops in the PPG Paints Green Room to talk a bit about getting his start in Chicago. He shares some of his favorite sketches from “All That,” both the version he starred in as a teenager and the new revival he is co-producing with Kenan Thompson. Watch and get a bonus teaser of another special project Kel is set to release on the world.

  • Video: Par-King Skill Golf in Lincolnshire is more than just the mini-golf course with the giant pink castle

    For some, Lincolnshire’s Par-King Skill Golf is the miniature golf course with the giant pink castle. But, it has actually been a community favorite for decades with its wide variety of popular holes. Generations of families have visited the course, and it is also used by members of the community for corporate, fundraising and other events.

  • Video: Ryan Burrow and Lauren Lapka Take Supporting Habitat for Humanity to New Heights

    WGN reporters, Ryan Burrow and Lauren Lapka, take part in a special preview of the High Ropes for Habitat fundraising event, which supports Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. The actual event, which takes place Saturday, June 22, will feature 50 participants rappelling down the side of a 21 story office building in Schaumburg. Participants’ friends and family will watch and cheer them on from a rooftop party on the adjacent parking garage. Watch the video below to see […]

  • Video: The Cast of “West Side Story” in the PPG Paints Green Room

    Maria (Mikaela Bennett) and Anita (Amanda Castro) from the Lyric Opera’s production of the “West Side Story” are moving on to their next show, but that didn’t stop them from coming to the PPG Paints Green Room to share what they’ve learned during their time in Chicago and tell us a little bit more about themselves. Find out what restaurants they enjoyed and what Chicago musician they maybe aren’t enjoying so much recently.

  • Video: Todd Rundgren in the PPG Paints Green Room

    Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Todd Rundgren, sits down in the PPG Paints Green Room to talk a bit about the music industry today and some of his ties to the Chicago area. Find out what his least favorite song to perform live is, what nearby sports team his son played for and more!

  • Video: Wauconda’s Small Town Brewery offers champagne on tap and many other unique drinks brewed with natural ingredients

    Have you ever had champagne on tap? You can, along with many other unique drinks, at Wauconda’s Small Town Brewery Taproom. The creators of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Small Town Brewery is one of five botanical breweries in the country, creating everything on tap on-site using natural ingredients. Owner Tim Kovac says the small town atmosphere of Wauconda means a lot to him.

  • Video: Binny’s Kristen Ellis shares in the PPG Paints Green Room

    Kristen Ellis, the Wine Education and Events Coordinator for Binny’s Beverage Depot, stops by to share some of her wine expertise in the PPG Paints Green Room. Find out some of her favorite drinks and drinking spots in the greater Chicago area and enjoy her insight into which wines pair best with various Chicago food staples. If you’d like some more valuable advice when it comes to adult beverages, you can hear more from Kristen and other industry experts on […]

  • Video: Radio Recess Behind the Scenes of The Berghoff

    Bennett Wakenight and the WGN Radio Recess crew head to one of Chicago’s most historic restaurants, The Berghoff! The Berghoff opened in downton Chicago in 1898 and is known for its German cuisine and beer. It is home to Chicago’s first ever liquor license and keeps it to this day. Bennett joins The Berghoff owner, Pete Berghoff, and executive chef, Matt Reichel, for a tour behind the scenes of the four story establishment. While Pete, Matt, and their staff certainly […]

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