A family visits with Santa Claus at the Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Ronald McDonald House Holds Christmas Party For 250 Kids

Santa paid a visit today to some children who are happy to be celebrating Christmas out of the hospital, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Letters To Santa from needy Chicagoans at Chicago's main post office, 433 W. Harrison. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Letters To Santa Available At Chicago’s Main Post Office

3,000 have already picked up “Letters to Santa” at the main post office and one group so liked the idea that it’s become an annual project with a $25,000 budget. WBBM’s John Cody has more.


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Easy Ways to Save On Holiday Travel

From shipping your luggage to taking public transportation to the airport, we’ve assembled a few of our favorite tips for saving money on holiday travel. You don’t have to waste your whole holiday budget on getting home this year!


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10 Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

Holiday time is upon us yet again, and before the stress weighs you down, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place to help ensure that you’ll make it through the season with a smile.


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5 Reasons Being Solo During The Holidays Rocks

Alright, Singletons, it’s time to stop moping around feeling sorry for yourself for being single during the holidays. We have five reasons to celebrate your solo status!


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‘I Love Lucy’ Christmas Special To Air On CBS

CBS has announced plans to broadcast two newly colorized episodes of the 1950s comedy, “I Love Lucy,” including the memorable grape-stomping episode and the rarely-seen “Christmas Episode” this coming Christmas holiday.


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Retailers Ready To Add Thousands Of Jobs With Holidays Around The Corner

Major retailers are gearing up for holiday hiring and that’s good news in Illinois where the unemployment rate is 9.2 percent and 602,000 people are looking for work. With those numbers, you’ll want to get an early start on the job search. Roseanne Tellez has more on who’s hiring, and when.


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Can’t Wait For Christmas? Apparently, Neither Can Macy’s

Summer’s not officially over, but on the 6th floor of Macy’s on State Street, it’s already Christmastime.


Burglars Skip Stealing TV, Take Kids’ Banks

A west suburban family returned home early Christmas morning to find that their house had been burglarized, Aurora police said.


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Birders Make Annual Christmas Count Along Lakefront

Birders tallied more than 50 species of birds yesterday.


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Baffoe: Bears Making The Playoffs Is Useless

I lacked the gift of Chicago Bears hope and excitement.

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Most retailers offer big discounts starting the day after Christmas, to help boost year-end sales, and clear out excess inventory. (Credit: CBS)

Post-Christmas Shopping Frenzy Begins As Stores Offer Big Deals

Are you hoping Santa Claus still has a little something in his sack for you? Even jolly old St. Nick is probably scoping out the after-Christmas sales on Wednesday.

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1 Dead, 13 Wounded In Christmas Eve, Christmas Shootings

One person was killed and 13 wounded in gun violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood.


Apostolic Church gave kids toys and a Christmas lunch. (Credit: CBS)

Apostolic Faith Church Gives Christmas Toys For Kids

From the North Pole to a South Side Church Santa came calling at the Apostolic Faith Church.


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Four Kids Donate Their Presents To Dogs

The kids came up with this idea on their own, according to their aunt Carolina Ruiz.


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Health Forces Cardinal To Forego Holiday Tradition

Francis Cardinal George is not making his usual visits to see inmates at the Cook County Jail and hospitalized children during this holiday season.


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Fire Guts Bridgeport Apartment

Fire gutted a 3-flat apartment building early this morning in the Bridgeport neighborhood.


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Local Doctor Lists Toys That Pose Danger To Kids

You might want to check some of those Christmas presents before it’s too late.

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Weather Service: 20 Percent Chance Of White Christmas

Those dreaming of a white Christmas in Chicago might get a flurry — but it won’t be a winter wonderland.


Tiarria Stallworth, a 29-year-old mother, was hit while putting her child into a car over the Thanksgiving holiday.  (Shamika Burton)

Mom Injured In Hit-And-Run Over Thanksgiving Goes Home For Christmas

Tiarria Stallworth was struck by a white sport-utility vehicle in the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue last month.