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Dear God, Thank You for making Tim Anderson

(CHICAGO) Ten-year-old Catholic school student, Danny Saracini, came home from one of his first days of school with an important homework assignment. He was asked to write down the things he was most thankful for and from those items create a prayer.

Having back-to-school writer’s block, he was frustrated and defeated. His mom, Jane, suggested, “Danny, why don’t you just write about baseball?”

Danny did just that.

Jane got a kick out of the prayer and sent it over to WLS-AM to show Ed Farmer and White Sox player, Tim Anderson.


Dear God, Thank you for helping mankind discover baseball and the White Sox. Thank you for making Tim Anderson because he makes a big difference on the team.


Well, we did more than that. We brought Danny and his family to the ballpark for a little meet-and-greet!

Danny watches the game as dad Jim, sister Ellen, WLS-AM 890’s Jen DeSalvo, mom Jane and brother Jimmy smile for the camera.


Danny meets Ed Farmer!


Jimmy, Danny & Ellen in the Press Box


An Ed Famer-Danny fist bump.


Little did we know, Jane and Jim Saracini were actually married at the Stadium Club 15 years ago!



The Saracini Family meets Tim Anderson

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 News

Minnie Minoso’s Private Collection Live Auction

Personal Collection of Chicago White Sox icon Minnie Minoso will be on display at U.S Cellular from September 14th-17th.

The auction itself will be held live at U.S. Cellular Field on September 17th with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.

Highlight items of the Minoso Collection will include:

-1960 Minnie Minoso Gold Glove award (Est. $20,000-$30,000)

-1957 Minnie Minoso Gold Glove award (Est. $15,000-$25,000)

-1959 Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox AL Championship ring (Est. $15,000-$30,000)

-Minnie Minoso Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame ring (Est. $10,000-$15,000)

The auction will also feature a select grouping of additional premium consignments inclusive of materials direct from the Chicago White Sox to include:

-Game-used base and home plate from the April 18, 2007 Mark Buehrle No-Hitter

-Game-used base from the April 22, 2016 Triple Play

-2015 White Sox game-worn jerseys, including Chris Sale

-2006 Paul Konerko game-used jersey

Hunt Auctions is accepting a very limited number of consignments for the Minoso Collection Live Auction. Please contact Hunt Auctions Consignment Department at 610.524.0822 or [email protected]

Weekend “A-Jenda” May 19th-22nd

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White Sox Play at Home with Live WLS-AM 890 Pre-Game Broadcast

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Section 112, Chicago
Time: 12:30 p.m.

White Sox Promo Days weekend of May 22 2016

Join Connor McKnight at the Xfinity Zone in Section 112 of U.S. Cellular Field before the game on Sunday, May 22nd for the pre-game show LIVE beginning at 12:30 p.m.!


Girls on the Run 5k – North

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Location: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Brae Loch Rd, Grayslake
Time: 6:30 a.m. On-site registration opens, 8:00 a.m. Start Time

Before the Sunday live broadcast at U.S. Cellular, join WLS-AM 890’s very own Jen DeSalvo at the Girls on the Run 5k in Grayslake!

Run 3.1 miles and see Jen DeSalvo of the Big John Howell Show announcing at the finish line!

For registration and more information visit this link. You can always get some community service time in, as they still need volunteers!

Jen DeSalvo ran the race after she announced the Girls on the Run 5k Southwest race in Joliet on May 15, 2016.


Big John Howell’s Pick of the Weekend: Peter Wolf

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Park West, Chicago

Peter Wolf, an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll musician is coming the Park West in Lincoln Park!
He is best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983.

Get tickets at http://www.peterwolf.com/tour


Long Grove Chocolate Fest 2016

Friday, May 20 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Road Closures: Robert Parker Coffin Rd Between Schaeffer Rd and Route 83 closed beginning Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. through Sunday.

Experience Historic Downtown Long Grove…fun for the kids and the kid in YOU. Delight in a weekend of chocolate treats, visit the Kid FREE Zone, go on a shopping spree, sample amazing foods and get up and dance to the live music of 7th Heaven, Infinity and American English, to name a few. Admission: $5 (Free from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20), Children 12 and under FREE.

For more information, visit this link.


Boston in Concert

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Horseshoe Casino, New Buffalo, MI

From our sister station, 97.9 WLUP-FM:

Boston is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their first self-titled album, which sold 17 million copies and became the best-selling debut album in history. The band is recognized for the technical excellence of its live productions, the outstanding performance of its talented band members on stage, and their uncanny ability to reproduce all the unique sounds of their studio albums without the use of prerecorded material.

For their 2016 “Four Decades Tour” BOSTON will delight their audiences with a high energy set of their well-known hits plus extended live arrangements, accompanied as always by their own unique visual stage presentation. Hit singles include “More Than A Feeling,” “Long Time,” and “Peace Of Mind.” The band includes Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo, Tracy Ferrie, Jeff Neal, Curly Smith, and Beth Cohen.


The 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Monday, May 31, 2016
Time: Various
Location: All Over the Place

More than 300 venues featuring local craft brews! American Craft Beer Week runs May 16-22, 2016, and was started in 2006.

However, the Chicago week lasts nearly two weeks with events in the city and surrounding suburbs lasting through Memorial Day.

The celebration kicks off with the “Beer Under Glass” event at Garfield Park Conservatory and end with the “Craft Beer Party in the Park” closing party at Welles Park in Lincoln Square.

Some of the events include the Curious Craft Beer Bash at Mahoney’s on Ogden that benefits Variety – the Children’s Charity of Illinois and the Lagunitas Brewing Company dog-friendly beer event, “Beggin’ for Brews & Barkin’ for Bubbles.” Both of these take place on May 22, 2016.

For ALL of the events, visit this page.

2016 Daley Plaza Farmers Market

Date: Thursdays through October 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Daley Plaza Farmers Market, 50 West Washington Street

The Chicago Farmers Markets bring fresh and healthy produce directly to communities across the city all summer long. In addition to fruits and vegetables, shoppers will many more items such as flowers, bread, eggs, jam, honey and more.

A complete list of more than fifty city-run and independent markets, along with dates and times can be found at chicagofarmersmarkets.us.



Date: Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22
Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland at Barry Ave, Lakeview, Chicago

Added traffic for street closures on Barry between Ashland and Paulina. Use the CTA Brown Line for easy access.
For more information: http://www.mayfestchicago.com/


Weekend Traffic Projects

Safety Improvement Project along Interstate 290

There will be temporary shoulder closures in various locations along the Eisenhower (I-290) from I-355 to I-294, beginning Friday, May 20. The closures are necessary for a safety improvement project along I- 290.
– Daytime shoulder closures in both directions along I-290 at various locations
– Nighttime shoulder closures on eastbound I-290 at Bloomingdale Road
– Nighttime shoulder closures on the ramp from eastbound I-290 to southbound I-294
– Nighttime lane closures on the ramp from eastbound I-290 to eastbound IL 64
The scope of the project includes the installation of guardrails. The ramp from eastbound I-290 to eastbound IL 64 also will be resurfaced.
The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2016.

NWI: I-94 & U.S. 421 Interchange Ramps Temporarily Closed For Restoration

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced ramps at the I-94 interchange of U.S. 421 will be temporarily closed Friday May 20 through the end of June.

Here is the entire story.



Weekend CTA Travel Alerts

CTA Construction

Blue Line trains heading in the direction of Forest Park will bypass Montrose for platform repairs on weekends from Friday at 10:00 p.m through Monday at 4:00 a.m. until June 7.

Passengers are urged to use Irving Park or Jefferson Park.

Green Line trains operating between Laramie, Downtown and Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove will see delays from 10:00 p.m. on Friday to 4:00 Monday morning. This is for track improvements.

Red Line trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Fullerton and Clark/Division, resulting in minor delays, 11:00 p.m. on Friday through 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.


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