Meet the 7-year-old starring in the newest Disney Channel original movie ‘Christmas… Again?!

ELMHURST, Ill — In the newest Disney Channel Original Movie, “Christmas…Again?!’, 7-year-old James McCraken, from Elmhurst, Illinois, stars in his first role on the big screen. “I’m supposed to be the annoying future brother, Louie,” says James, a second-grader at Fischer Elementary school in Elmhurst. “Louie is supposed to be very annoying and just wants … Read more

Southside Wolfpack youth football team, cheerleaders raising money for trip to national championship

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Southside Wolfpack youth football team and its cheerleaders are on a quest for a national title. This group of 12-13-year-olds have dominated their respective fields this season and both teams have a trip to Florida on their minds. “The experience would be, it would be a very fun experience, especially for … Read more

Chicago area shops rely on Small Business Saturday to bring awareness to shopping locally

CHICAGO (WLS) — Many consumers are taking to city and suburban neighborhoods for Small Business Saturday. The day is meant to encourage consumers to support small businesses by shopping locally during the big kickoff weekend to the holiday shopping season. Lauren ball’s Boutique Envie is one of many businesses in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood excited for … Read more

Black Friday Shopping Underway In The Chicago Area

CHICAGO (CBS)– Stores have already opened their doors for Black Friday shopping. Here’s what you need to know. Walmart and Best Buy opened early. READ MORE: Burglars Target The North Face Store, Foot Locker In Wicker Park Macy’s, Bath and Body Works, Home Depot, and Lowes opened at 6 a.m. At 7 a.m., Target, GameStop, … Read more

Thanksgiving 2021 brings sense of normalcy back as people gather for in-person celebrations

CHICAGO (WLS) — Whether it was for a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home, or dinner in a restaurant, this holiday marked the return of loved-ones traveling far and wide to be together. Many families say they’ll never take that for granted again. RELATED: Thanksgiving travelers set pandemic record with more than 2.3 million in the … Read more

How 900 North Michigan Shops on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile works to fill storefront vacancies

CHICAGO (WLS) — As shoppers get ready for the holiday season, the I-Team is updating its investigation into empty storefronts and finding how some are being filled in Chicago’s world-famous, downtown district. Now, one shopping center said it is almost back at capacity. They invited the I-Team inside to show us how they did it, … Read more

Closed for the holiday: Retailers shut down in Chicago for Thanksgiving ahead of Black Friday

CHICAGO (WLS) — Millions of Americans are used to the tradition of dipping out of the house on Thanksgiving to catch Black Friday deal, but this year that’s not a choice with just about every retailer shut down in Chicago Thursday afternoon. While some people think that’s just fine, tourists are having a pretty uneventful … Read more

Local female chefs create custom Thanksgiving meals for Afghan refugees, others in need for holiday

CHICAGO (WLS) — With kitchens across Chicago in overdrive in the 11th-hour crush ahead of Thanksgiving, Rohini Dey realized this holiday needed something unique. “Yesterday I woke up and said, ‘I want this Thanksgiving to be different,’” she said. “This has been two years of incredible, not just COVID, but social change.” Dey is the … Read more