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  • Quest For Gold: Episode 4 – Gold Medalist Natasha Watley Talks USA Softball; USA Men’s Volleyball Qualifies; Simone Biles Wins Her 6th Title

    On this week’s episode of Quest for Gold: USA Men's Volleyball punched its ticket to the 2020 Summer Games. Simone Biles wows again in Kansas City. Two U.S. athletes make political statements at the Pan Am Games, while the USWNT fights for equal pay. And WGN's Ryan Burrow talks with USA Softball gold and silver medalist Natasha Watley about empowering young girls for life and the return of softball to the summer games.

  • Quest for Gold: Episode 3 – USA Basketball Fills Roster; Simone Biles Rips USA Gymnastics; Rio Corruption Toppled Chicago’s 2016 Bid?

    On this week’s episode of Quest for Gold: The USA Men’s Basketball team begins practicing in Las Vegas, Gold medal gymnast Simone Biles has some words for USA Gymnastics, and we speak with a sports correspondent for Reuters in Rio on a corruption scandal showing bribes paid for the 2016 Olympic bid.

  • Quest for Gold

    The 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo begin July 24, 2020. WGN’s Ryan Burrow hosts “Quest For Gold,” a weekly update on preparations for the Summer Games. Over the next year he’ll talk to athletes, coaches, reporters, and other news makers involved in the Olympic movement…while adding a little Chicago flavor.  He’ll get updates on preparations, new sports, local Olympians, and reinvestigate what went wrong in Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games.

  • Quest for Gold: Episode 2 – Making Athletes Safer After Dr. Larry Nassar

    On Episode 2 of “Quest For Gold” WGN’s Ryan Burrow gives an update on some the athletes who took home hardware from the Pan American Games in Peru, we hear from a USA Water Polo player hurt in a porch collapse in South Korea, and two U.S. Senators lay out their plans to end the abuse of young athletes following the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. The 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo begin July […]

  • Quest for Gold: Episode 1 – One Year ‘Til The 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo

    The 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo begin July 24, 2020. WGN’s Ryan Burrow begins the year-long countdown with Episode 1 of “Quest For Gold,” a weekly update on preparations for the Summer Games. Over the next year we’ll talk to athletes, coaches, reporters, and other news makers involved in the Olympic movement…while adding a little Chicago flavor.  We’ll get updates on preparations, new sports, local Olympians, and reinvestigate what went wrong in Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games. In the […]

  • Cherished America: The Pullman National Monument

    As we celebrate America this week, WGN’s Ryan Burrow pays a visit to The Pullman District, which in 2015 was declared a National Monument by President Obama. Construction is underway to make this South Side historic site one that the whole nation can visit to learn about and enjoy.  

  • Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson talks with WGN’s Ryan Burrow about the end of her term, immigration, ‘Mayor Pete’ and the 2020 Election

    Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is at the United States Conference of Mayors 87th Annual Meeting in Honolulu this weekend.  She’s taking part in forums and panel discussions with fellow mayors about some of the issues they’re seeing like policing, climate change, violence, and numerous other topics. Freeman-Wilson lost her re-election bid earlier this year, and is on her way out of office.  WGN’s Ryan Burrow spoke with her about some of the issues Gary, and other cities are facing, her […]

  • ‘I love what it stands for and I love what we do’ – How an Arlington Heights military widow turned her loss into a movement supporting deployed troops

    The death of LCpl. James Stack of Arlington Heights in 2010 left his 19-year-old wife Katie a widow, their one-year-old daughter Mikayla fatherless. What started in 2011 as a small effort to send care packages to servicemembers overseas in memory of LCpl. Stack has grown into a massive and hugely successful event in the Northwest suburbs. WGN’s Ryan Burrow talks with Katie Stack and her family on remembering James, and the growth of Help USA Troops: Here’s where you can […]

  • Video: Drawl specializes in Midwestern food with a Southern flair, while also offering an extensive collection of whiskey

    Lincoln Park’s Drawl specializes in Midwestern food with a Southern flair, or, you might say, a drawl. In back is their Whiskey Room, where they feature a vast collection of whiskey and other spirits. They host weekly Whiskey 101 Nights where amateurs and connoisseurs can talk and share knowledge. They also welcome members of the community to their weekly Neighborhood Nights.

  • Aurora Heals

    Aurora is mourning, healing and learning following a deadly shooting rampage that left five dead and one worker hurt at Henry Pratt Company, and five Aurora police officers injured. WGN’s Ryan Burrow checked in with police, residents and professionals to discuss how the city is coping, and how they can move forward.  

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